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Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

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450 Laurel Street 
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
United States

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Birmingham, AL; Atlanta and Macon, GA; Baton Rouge, Mandeville and New Orleans, LA;  Jackson, MS; Chattanooga, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville, TN; Washington, D.C.

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Ms. Perez defends businesses, banks and health care providers in employment law, general business litigation and matters of Louisiana servitudes. In the employment context, Ms. Perez counsels clients on day-to-day issues and represents them before the EEOC and state and federal courts, defending them against charges of age, race, sex discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation.

She also conducts internal investigations for clients with respect to allegations of discrimination, harassment, other policy violations and allegations of corporate wrongdoing. She guides clients through drafting and revising employee handbooks and personnel policies, and helps to ensure compliance with ever changing local, state and federal employment laws. Ms. Perez conducts trainings on a wide variety of employment law topics, including "implicit bias" (unconscious bias) and how employers can reduce its influence in the workplace.

Ms. Perez also advises clients regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act, and offers creative solutions on how to address business realities while complying with the new Department of Labor regulations on exemptions. She also defends businesses faced with individual and collective actions regarding FLSA exempt status and entitlement to overtime.

In addition to her employment practice, Ms. Perez represents business clients in a variety of litigation contexts, including interest rate swap litigation, failed auction rate securities, breach of contract, securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and shareholder and partnership disputes. She regularly works on class actions, mass actions and collective actions.

Ms. Perez also has extensive knowledge regarding Louisiana servitudes, and has successfully defended railroads against claims of servitudes of passage over railroad crossings. Ms. Perez obtained the first three known Louisiana judgments from two state courts and one federal court holding that a railroad crossing over an active rail line was not subject to adverse possession. She has also assisted in matters dealing with expropriations of land for natural gas pipelines and other matters regarding rights of passage and mineral servitudes.

While in law school, Ms. Perez was the research assistant to A.N. Yiannopoulos, Eason Weinmann Professor of Comparative Law, who she assisted in the 2006 – 2007 revision of the Louisiana Civil Code, primarily on the property law articles.

Firm Background

Baker Donelson's Labor and Employment Practice Group represents management exclusively in all areas of labor and employment law. We have extensive litigation experience in state and federal courts defending all forms of employment related lawsuits. We also represent employers before all governmental bodies charged with enforcement of employment statutes and policies, such as the National Labor Relations Board, the Department of Labor and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The firm's labor and employment attorneys are also committed to counseling with and providing representation for our clients regarding their most valuable assets - their human resources.


Firm Practice Areas

Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights; Business and Transactions; Construction; eBusiness / Technology; Eminent Domain; Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation; Environmental, Health Care; Equipment Leasing; Estate Planning / Probate; Financial Services and Transactions; Government Investigations and Litigation; Health Law; Immigration; Intellectual Property; International; Labor & Employment; Litigation; Public Policy; Real Estate; State Public Policy Group; Taxation - Federal & State / Local; Transportation.