Ms. Louisa Johnson is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department and co-leader of the Atlanta office’s women’s affinity group, Seyfarth Women’s Network. Ms. Johnson focuses her practice on employment-related litigation and compliance counseling involving federal and state wage-hour laws, leave issues, and discrimination. On the litigation side, she has experience with both single-plaintiff and complex class and collective litigation.
On the counseling side, in addition to one-off counseling advice, Ms. Johnson conducts preventative workplace assessments for employers. Ms. Johnson also has experience with civil and commercial litigation matters and with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Ms. Johnson has defended employers throughout the United States in a wide-array of industries including financial services, insurance, consulting, manufacturing, retail, hospitality, transportation, restaurant, and real estate holdings. The privately-brought lawsuits she has defended have ranged from complex multi-district hybrid actions under state and federal laws involving thousands of employees to the more basic single- and multi-plaintiff lawsuits asserting individual claims.
The administrative matters that Ms. Johnson has defended have involved investigations by state and federal departments of labor on issues such as independent contractor status, unemployment, exempt classification, and wage payment issues.
Finally, Ms. Johnson has conducted more than thirty preventative workplace assessments for companies regarding the classification of employees as exempt or non-exempt, the pay practices and policies with respect to non-exempt, overtime-eligible employees (including tipped employees), potential joint employment issues, and the classification of certain workers as independent contractors.
Ms. Johnson speaks at public and employer-specific seminars and has contributed to publications such as the Fair Labor Standards Act, Cumulative Supplement, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law (2009 – 2010) and the firm’s definitive treatise on wage and hour litigation, Wage & Hour Collective and Class Litigation, ALM Law Journal Press (2012).
- J.D., University of Virginia School of Law (2003)
- B.A., University of Virginia (2000)
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