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Laurie M. Chess • Partner

Jones Walker • Miami, Florida

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Jones Walker
Courvoisier Centre II
601 Brickell Key Drive, Suite 500
Miami, Florida 33131
phone 305.679.5700
fax  305.679.5710


Ms. Chess, a native of New Jersey, is an Partner in the Labor and Employment practice group. She defends employers in civil rights and other employment-related litigation, including litigation under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and their state law counterparts. She has also represented employers and class action cases involving allegations of institutional discrimination in terms of promotion, discipline, compensation, and termination. Ms. Chess also represents employers involed in administrative proceedings before the EEOC and other state agencies. Ms. Chess devotes a significant part of her practice to counseling employers on the development and implementation of policies and practices to minimize exposure to litigation, to advising and defending employers in non-competition issues, and to training management-level employees on various aspects of labor and emplyment law. Ms. Chess frequently speaks at seminars designed for human resource professionals and attorneys concerning these and other aspects of labor and employment law.


American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRMLA)
Florida Bar Ass’n
Louisiana Bar Ass’n (Section on Labor and Employment)


? Louisiana Employment Law Letter, M. Lee Smith, Published Monthly

Papers & Presentations:

? Certificate For HR Professionals, Council on Education in Management, April 2 - 4, 2003
? “Payroll Basics in Louisiana”, a Lorman Payroll Management Seminar, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1/16/2002
? Investigating Sexual Harassment (July 2001), Lorman Education Services; New Orleans, Louisiana, 7/23/2001
? Writing the Employee Handbook in Louisiana, Lorman Education Services; New Orleans, Louisiana, 5/18/2001
? Payroll Management (May 2001), Lorman Education Services; New Orleans, Louisiana, 5/2/2001
? Investigating Sexual Harassment (February 2001), Lorman Education Services; New Orleans, Louisiana, 2/22/2001
? Payroll Management (January 2001), Lorman Education Services, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1/18/2001


  • College: Binghamton University, B.A., 1992, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Law School: Tulane University School of Law, J.D., 1997, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Moot Court

Bar Admissions

FL, 2003
LA, 1997
La. S.Ct., 1997
USDC-EDLa., 1997
USDC-MDLa., 1997
USDC-WDLa., 1997
USDC-WDArk., 2000
USDC-EDArk., 2000
USDC-Col., 2001
USCA-5th Cir., 1997
FL S. Ct., 2003
USDC-SDFl., 2004
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