Patricia E. Pannell
Patricia Pannell is a Human Resources consultant, attorney and mediator.
A graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, Patti has
been actively engaged in the practice of labor and employment law in the
Greater New Orleans area for more than 25 years. She has represented clients
before regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Louisiana Workforce
Commission. She currently serves in an “of counsel” capacity
to Chehardy Sherman Williams, providing general advices on employment
law-related matters for the firm’s business clients. Patti also
has a consulting business that provides support to HR Departments and
outsourcing to small and mid-sized Louisiana businesses.
Patti has lectured at seminars both for individual businesses and for fellow
attorneys on topics such as sexual harassment, family and medical leave,
and wage and hour law. She works extensively with HR professionals and
business owners in pro-active problem solving, including: developing and
implementing drug testing protocols; working with managers in dealing
with employees in difficult situations, providing advice, guidance and
coaching as needed; negotiating severance agreements; formulating general
workplace policies and strategies; and conducting independent investigations
into allegations of sexual harassment and other forms of workplace discrimination.
Patti was interviewed and is quoted in a published work for The Physician’s
Compliance Newsletter (“Contractor, Hourly, Salaried: Is Your Practice
Getting It Right,” July, 2013, www.mdcompliancealert.com); and is
a published contributing author in authoritative works on
The Fair Labor Standards Act (BNA Books, 1999); and
Employee Benefits Law (BNA Books, 1991).
In 2012, Patti received her certification in Employment Mediation from
The Mediation Institute and is a registered Civil Mediator with the Louisiana
State Bar Association. She has been named twice as a “Top Lawyer”
by New Orleans Magazine, most recently in the November 2015 edition.