Fred Preis is a partner in the New Orleans office where he is a senior member of the labor and employment law section. Prior to serving as an officer in the United States Army, Fred earned both his undergraduate degree in business and his law degree from Louisiana State University. He has been representing management in labor law and employee relations matters throughout the United States for more than 30 years.
As both a trial lawyer and advisor, Fred has served as lead labor counsel for Fortune 500 companies, as well as trade associations and employers in numerous mid-sized and small industries and businesses throughout the United States. He is sought after as a speaker and known as an innovator in the development of employee relations programs. He is past Chairman of both the Louisiana and New Orleans Bar Association Labor Law Sections and is a member of the Board of Editors of The Corporate Counselor, a national newsletter. Fred was selected by CityBusiness newspaper for the Legal Hall of Fame and was recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as one of the outstanding lawyers in the field of labor and employment law. He has been repeatedly named as one of America’s leading labor and employment lawyers by the well-respected news publication, Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in Louisiana.
Active in many business and civic endeavors, Fred is Chairman Emeritus of the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce and past chairman of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) which functions as the State Chamber of Commerce. Fred is also Chairman of the Louisiana Right to Work Committee. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, American Red Cross Southeastern Louisiana Chapter, and the Committee for a Better New Orleans Metropolitan Area Committee. He is counsel for New Orleans SHRM and Immediate Past President of the Louisiana Liaison Group of Federal Government Contractors. He has completed terms of office as President of Willow Wood/Woldenburg Home for the Aged, President of the Louisiana Hospital Association Society of Hospital Attorneys, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries, and as a member of the Board of Directors of GNO, Inc., World Trade Center, and the Rotary Club where he is a Paul Harris fellow.
Fred has written numerous scholarly articles on employment law, which have appeared in publications such as the Loyola Law Review, The Corporate Counselor, Employee Relations Law Journal, CityBusiness, and the Louisiana State Bar Journal. He also is a contributing editor to The Developing Labor Law book published by the American Bar Association.
Paul M. Hebert Law School, Louisiana State University, J.D., 1974
Louisiana State University, B.S., 1971
All Federal District Courts in Louisiana
All Louisiana State Courts
U.S. Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
American Bar Association, Member of the Developing Labor Law Board of Editors
American Red Cross Southeast Louisiana Chapter, Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Chair of Nominating Committee
Council for a Better Louisiana - 2010 Leadership Louisiana
GNO, Inc., Board of Directors
Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana, Past Chairman of the Board of Directors
Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, Past secretary of the Board of Directors and Current Board Member
Louisiana Association of Business & Industry, immediate past Chairman of the Board of Directors and Member of Executive Committee and Board of Directors; Louisiana Right to Work Committee's Board of Directors and Vice President
Louisiana Hospital Association, Past President of Society of Hospital Attorneys
Louisiana State Bar Association, Past Chairman; Labor Law Section
National Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys, Charter Member
New Orleans Bar Association, Past Chairman - Labor Law Section
New Orleans Chamber Foundation, Treasurer
New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer, Chairman of the Board of Directors
New Orleans, Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau , Served 3 terms as member of Board of Directors
Rotary Club of New Orleans, Past Member of the Board of Directors, Paul Harris Fellow and Member of the Board of Directors of New Orleans Rotary Foundation
Louisiana Liaison Group State Association of Federal Government Contractors, President
Honors and Awards
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Louisiana - Labor and Employment, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Ratings fall into two categories legal ability and general ethical standards.
New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law Class of 2006, 2008 and 2013
Louisiana Super Lawyers 2007, 2008 - Employment & Labor; Employment Litigation: Defense
“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
“EEOC Recognizes Title VII Cause of Action For Transgender Individuals” The Corporate Counselor, Vol. 27, No. 5, September 2012
"Are Your Independent Contractors Really Independent?", The Corporate Counselor, Vol. 26, No. 1., February 2011
"Wage and Hour News: Overtime Regulations Overhauled", Louisiana Hospital Association Impact Lawbrief 4/2004 Volume 19, No.4
"U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Labor Board's Latest Test for Supervisory Status of Nurses", Impact Weekly 6/2001 Volume 16, No. 6
"High Court Upholds Arbitration of Employment Disputes", The Corporate Counselor 4/2001 Volume 15, No. 11
"Labor Board Rules that Temporary Employees May Be Included In Bargaining Units with Regular Employees", Impact Weekly 3/2001 Volume 16, No. 3
"Executive Compensation" Matthew Bender 2001 (2001)
"Courts Rule in Interesting Disability Discrimination Cases" Impact Weekly 12/2000 Volume 15, No. 12
"Labor Board Rules that Temporary Employees May Be Included in Bargaining Units with Regular Employees" Impact Weekly 10/2000 Volume 15, No. 10
"ERISA Lawsuit Dismissed Against Hospital that Discharged Nurse for Dishonesty" Impact Weekly 8/2000 Volume 15, No. 8
"COBRA and the 1999 Proposed Regulations" The Corporate Counselor 6/2000 Volume 15, No. 11
"Hospitals' Actions Towards Asthmatic Employee Did Not Violate Americans with Disabilities Act" Impact Weekly 6/2000 Volume 15, No. 6
"Nurses Launch a "Revolution"" Impact Weekly 6/2000 Volume 15, No. 5
"Court Affirms INS View That Nursing Is Not Always A Specialty Occupation" Impact Weekly 2/2000 Volume 15, No. 2
"Beck Rights: One of Labor's Best-kept Secrets Reconnaissance" 2000 Volume II, No. 1 (Spring 2000)
"Selected Louisiana Laws Affecting Hotels and Motels" 1/1995 (1995)
"Loyola Law Review Fifth Circuit Symposium" 1993 Volume 39, No. 3 (1993)
"Loyola Law Review Fifth Circuit Symposium" 1992 Volume 38, No. 3 (1992)
"Loyola Law Review Fifth Circuit Symposium" 1991 Volume 37, No. 3 (1991)
"Business Law Monographs Executive Compensation" 1990 (1990)
"Loyola Law Review Fifth Circuit Symposium" 1990 Volume 36, No. 3 (1990)
"Loyola Law Review Fifth Circuit Symposium" 1989 Volume 34, No. 4 (1989)
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