Louisa J.Johnson

Partner

Louisa develops new and creative ways to partner with clients to help them manage legal risk, and defend themselves against private lawsuits and government investigations in the areas of wage-and-hour law, leave law, and discrimination law.


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Employers are asked to comply with an ever-evolving patchwork of differing and complex federal, state, and local wage-and-hour, leave, and discrimination laws. Louisa provides employers with practical solutions to the legal, strategic, and operational challenges they face in their efforts to comply. In addition to providing one-off counseling advice, she conducts preventative workplace assessments for employers. Louisa also defends employers against government investigations and private litigation, both single-plaintiff and complex class and collective actions, when claims arise, despite employers' preventative efforts.

Louisa has conducted more than 30 workplace assessments for employers on matters such as independent contractor and temporary employee status, classification of employees as exempt from overtime and minimum wage requirements, and tracking and paying for the work of nonexempt employees, including tipped employees. She has also defended employers nationwide against more than 100 lawsuits and investigations under the Fair Labor Standards Act, analogous state wage-and-hour laws, Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and analogous state discrimination and leave laws. Louisa has also served as a strategic and innovative thinker in defending against large class, collective, and other complex litigation, and has litigated in more than 40 federal and state courts around the country. She also has experience with civil and commercial litigation matters and with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Louisa began her practice more than a decade ago as a general commercial litigator before shifting her focus to employment litigation and counseling. Her litigation experience in federal and state courts across the country has provided her with the procedural knowledge to craft innovative strategies for clients in defending litigation. It has also provided her with the substantive and practical knowledge to advise clients from a legal, strategic, and operational perspective on developing policies, procedures, and practices that reduce the risk of litigation in ways that make business sense.

Louisa customizes processes, procedures, and forms to deliver services to her clients in an efficient, cost-effective manner, while allowing for a tailored experience for every client. For instance, she, in conjunction with two other partners, developed and crowdsourced a process map for conducting an exempt classification audit of a workforce, and developed an FLSA Classification Change Implementation and Communications Package that is customizable for clients in enacting any changes deemed necessary based on the results of an exemption audit. She has also developed a communications process and forms for rolling out arbitration programs with class and collective action waivers, as well as anticipating and responding to employees' questions. In addition, Louisa uses Seyfarth's project management team and SeyfarthLean principles to ensure efficiency in discovery and evidentiary matters. They also guarantee consistency of strategic messages in defending large class and collective actions, as well as coordinating multiple, related single-plaintiff and multiplaintiff lawsuits.

Louisa loves the high quality of clients and attorneys with whom she works at Seyfarth. She is proud to be at a firm that clients consider a go-to for their toughest employment matters. Louisa also appreciates that Seyfarth encourages strategic, innovative approaches to solving client problems.

  • JD, University of Virginia School of Law

    Journal of Law & Politics, articles editor

  • BA, University of Virginia
    Government

    With honors

  • Georgia
  • US Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas
  • US District Court, Western District of Arkansas
  • US District Court, District of Colorado
  • US District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • US District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • US District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • US District Court, Western District of Tennessee
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Georgia Court of Appeals