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Joseph R. Hugg
Joseph R. Hugg

Joseph R. Hugg

Partner - New Orleans

Joseph R. Hugg is a partner in the New Orleans office, practicing in the Labor and Employment section. Mr. Hugg received his Juris Doctor degree from Tulane University Law School in 2007 and his Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from the University of the South in 2004.

Mr. Hugg's practice focuses primarily on managing the defense of employment discrimination and wage-and-hour lawsuits and administrative charges on behalf of local and national corporations, as well as advising management on employee relations and traditional labor law issues. Mr. Hugg also represents employers in immigration law matters, including obtaining employment based visas.

He regularly speaks regarding emerging labor and employment law issues at seminars, such as the Human Resources Management Association's annual meeting, the Society of Louisiana CPAs annual conference, the Louisiana Chemical Association Management Seminar, the Association of Corporate Counsel's local annual seminar, the American Bar Association's local Equal Employment Opportunity Committee Meeting, Lorman Educational Services' annual seminar, the Association of Legal Administrators' Annual Luncheon, the Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association's annual seminar and monthly luncheons, the Greater New Orleans Society of Hospital Human Resources Administrator's annual meeting, and the Firm's Management Update Briefing Seminar. Mr. Hugg has lectured Business students at the University of New Orleans (UNO) regarding employment practices. 

He has also co-authored articles for The Corporate Counselor, a national newsletter featuring advice to corporate management, and Long-Term Living Magazine, a national publication devoted to issues facing the elderly and residential life facilities for the elderly.

Mr. Hugg is active in the Louisiana charter school movement. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Algiers Charter School Association, the largest charter management organization in the State, operating six public schools and serving more than 4000 students. Mr. Hugg also is a member of the Governance Committee for the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans, a French-immersion charter school in Orleans Parish.

Mr. Hugg also serves on the Board of Directors of Beacon of Hope, a non-profit organization devoted to fostering neighborhood redevelopment in New Orleans.

Practice Areas

Labor & Employment
Education

Education

Tulane University Law School, J.D., 2007

The University of the South, B.A., summa cum laude, 2004

Admissions

Louisiana

Professional Associations

Member, Alliance of Charter School Attorneys

Community Involvement

Member, Board of Trustees, Algiers Charter School Association

Member, Board of Directors, Beacon of Hope Resource Center

Member, Governance Committee of the Board of Directors, Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans

Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum, Committee for a Better New Orleans (Leadership Class of 2015)

Honors and Awards

 

 

 

Publications

  • “Recent NLRB Actions Force Employers to Change Established Policies and Practices” The Corporate Counselor, Volume 29, Number 11, February 2015
  • Legal Update: Tip Pooling and Mandatory Service Charges” January 2014
  • Supreme Court Issues Four Decisions Favorable to Employers” The Corporate Counselor, Vol. 28, No. 5, September 2013
  • New I-9 Form Released for Immediate Use” Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. Pelican Chapter, March 2013
  • EEOC Recognizes Title VII Cause of Action For Transgender Individuals” The Corporate Counselor, Vol. 27, No. 5, September 2012
  • "Attention Employers: Be wary of Genetic Discrimination", Long Term Living (October 12, 2011)
  • "Courts Clarify Damages Caps Under Federal Employment Discrimination Statutes", The Corporate Counselor, Vol. 26, No. 5 (September 2011)
  • "Are Your Independent Contractors Really Independent?", The Corporate Counselor, Vol. 26, No. 1 (February 2011)
  • "Health Care Reform: Prepare for the Changes Already Approved, and Stay Tuned", The Corporate Counselor, Vol. 25, No. 3 (July 2010)
  • "New Burdens for Federal Contractors: Sign of Things to Come?", The Corporate Counselor, Vol. 24, No. 8 (December 2009)
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Related News

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. (BSW) is pleased to announce that 13 attorneys have been named to the 2016 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers and eight attorneys have been named Rising Stars.

Super Lawyers—Baton Rouge
Super Lawyers—New Orleans
Rising Stars—Baton Rouge
Rising Stars—New Orleans

Joseph R. Hugg has been selected as a member of the Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum conducted by the Committee for a Better New Orleans (CBNO).

Twenty-three lawyers from Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 (Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).

Baton Rouge, LA

New Orleans, LA

  • Thomas M. Benjamin—Commercial Litigation; Litigation- Securities; Securities / Capital Markets Law;
  • Alan H. Goodman—Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Real Estate; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Joseph R. Hugg—Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Eve B. Masinter—Litigation - Labor & Employment; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Richard G. Passler—Commercial Litigation 

As a member of Algiers Charter School Association, BSW's Joe Hugg was profiled for his work with charter schools in the New Orleans area. The full profile can be found here.

The Lens, wrote an article about Morris Jeff Charter School’s decision to recognize its teachers union, and that charter school’s board has hired Joseph R. Hugg to negotiate on their behalf. The full article can be found here.

Rachael Coe was appointed to the Board of Directors for Crescent Leadership Academy, joining fellow partner Joe Hugg in serving charter school associations as Board of Trustees for the Algiers Charter School Association.

Jay Stovall and Joe Hugg were quoted in the Law section of the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report on their response to the question, “When a worker leaves on bad terms, is a non-disparagement clause in order?” The article can be found here

Seventeen lawyers from Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).

Baton Rouge, LA

New Orleans, LA

  • Thomas M. Benjamin—Commercial Litigation; Securities / Capital Markets Law;
  • Alan H. Goodman—Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Real Estate; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Joseph R. Hugg—Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Eve B. Masinter—Litigation - Labor & Employment; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. (BSW) is pleased to announce that 12 attorneys have been named to the 2013 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers and eight attorneys have been named Rising Stars. Full press release.

Baton Rouge New Orleans
Rising Stars—Baton Rouge Rising Stars—New Orleans

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson Sixteen BSW Attorneys named to Louisiana Super Lawyers

Thirteen lawyers from Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. is excited to welcome eight new attorneys to the New Orleans office.

Bankruptcy/Loan Restructuring/Commercial Litigation

Alan H. Goodman—Partner, New Orleans
Timothy S. Mehok—Partner, New Orleans
Rachael Jeanfreau—Associate, New Orleans

Labor & Employment

E. Fredrick Preis, Jr.—Partner, New Orleans
Eve B. Masinter—Partner, New Orleans
Joseph R. Hugg—Associate, New Orleans

Commercial Litigation/Gaming

Thomas M. Benjamin—Partner, New Orleans
Wesley M. Plaisance—Associate, New Orleans

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Upcoming Events

Past Events

Joe Hugg was on the panel presenting Complying with Federal Wage & Hour Laws: Changes Ahead at the NOLA-SHRM September 2015 Lunch Meeting. 

Fred Preis and Joseph R. Hugg participated in a panel discussion for the NOLA SHRM Membership Luncheon in New Orleans on April 15, 2015.

Eve B. Masinter and Joseph R. Hugg spoke at the Louisiana CPA Human Resources Workshop at the LCPA Kenner Training Center on October 17, 2014.

Joseph R. Hugg, Rachael Jeanfreau and Eve B. Masinter spoke at the monthly ABA/EEO Committee for Liaison on the topic of Title VII Updates: Criminal Background Checks and Title VII Protections and Other EEOC Initiatives.

Joe Hugg spoke at Human Resources Management Association's  (HRMA) “Legal Perk” on April 4, 2013.

Fredrick Preis, Eve Masinter and Joe Hugg spoke at "Confronting Today's Labor & Employment Issues" for the Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association (GNOHLA)

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