Melissa E. Pierre-Louis Esq.

Melissa E. Pierre-Louis Esq.

Partner since 2018
Washington, District of Columbia
(202) 847-4400

MELISSA E. PIERRE-LOUIS is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP, where she represents employees in litigation and negotiation in all areas of employment law, including individual and class discrimination cases and wage and hour class actions. Ms. Pierre-Louis is Co-Chair of O&G’s Family Responsibilities and Disability Discrimination Practice Group.  Prior to joining Outten & Golden, Ms. Pierre-Louis worked as a public interest fellow at Beldock, Levine & Hoffman LLP, where she worked primarily on labor and employment matters.

Ms. Pierre-Louis is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and its New York affiliate; the American Bar Association; and the New York City and State Bar Associations. She is the Co-Chair: FMLA subcommittee of ABA Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee. She is also the former Chair of the National Employment Lawyers Association's Lawyers of Color Committee.

Ms. Pierre-Louis lectures and has written articles on a variety of employment law-related topics.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law
  • Family Responsibilities and Disability Discrimination
  • Individual and Class Discrimination
  • Wage and Hour Class Actions

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York


  • Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, New York
    • J.D. - 2008
  • State University of New York at Albany, New York
    • B.S. - 2004

Published Works

  • The Disparate Impact of Criminal Screening Policies, New York City Conference on Representing Employees, 2010
  • Impact Matters: How Lewis v. City of Chicago Saved the Timeliness of Disparate Impact Claims, NELA Employee Advocate, 2010
  • Employers Must Revisit Their Hiring Policies to Incorporate Ex-Offenders into the Workplace, Section of Labor and Employment Law Flash, 2010
  • The Final Regulations to the ADA Amendments Act: Redefining What it Means to Be 'Disabled' Under the Act, Employment Law Strategist, 2011
  • Recruiting Talent without Liability: Avoiding Conflicts and Disqualification in Lateral Hiring, American Bar Association Midwinter Meeting, 2011
  • The Family Medical Leave Act: 2015 Cumulative Supplement, Chapter 10 Editor, Melissa Pierre-Louis Associate Editor, ABA/BNA Books, 2015
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act, 2nd Edition, Bloomberg BNA, 2018

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2017 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • FMLA subcommittee of ABA Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee, Co-Chair
  • American Bar Association (ABA) Labor and Employment Law Section, Member
  • New York State Bar Association, Member


  • English (Primary)