Education:

  • University of South Carolina - B.A, 1982; J.D., 1987 Phi Delta Phi
  • Moot Court Bar, 1986-1987

Licenses:

  • Admitted to the Bar, Louisiana and South Carolina

Noteworthy Experience:

  • During her career, Patti has handled a multitude of labor and employment law cases, including mediations and arbitrations, and civil litigation in state and federal court, and has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in several multi-party collective actions arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. She frequently represents clients before regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Louisiana Workforce Commission. 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. 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 confines her mediation practice to cases involving Labor and Employment Law.

Professional Organizations & Memberships:

  • South Carolina Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit.
  • Society for Human Resource Management (NOLA-SHRM), New Orleans affiliate
  • National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO-NOLA), New Orleans Chapter
  • New Orleans Chamber of Commerce
  • LifeCity

Awards & Accolades:

  • 2003 National Leadership Award, Honorary Chairman, Business Advisory Council
  • New Orleans Magazine “Top Lawyer,” 2015

Publications & Published Works:

Contact Information

Phone: (504) 830-4126

Email: pep@chehardy.com

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.