Melissa Pierre-Louis Washington Esq.

Melissa Pierre-Louis Washington Esq.

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

MELISSA PIERRE-LOUIS WASHINGTON is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP in Washington D.C., where she represents employees in litigation and negotiation in all areas of employment law, including individual discrimination and retaliation claims, sexual harassment, whistleblower actions, contractual claims, and wage and hour actions. Ms. Pierre-Louis Washington also handles a variety of professional and executive compensation and benefits matters, including the negotiation of employment contracts, severance agreements, and restrictive covenants. She is Co-Chair of O&G’s Family Responsibilities and Disability Discrimination Practice Group, and is also a member of O&G’s Discrimination and Retaliation Practice Group. Ms. Pierre-Louis Washington has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in 2017 and 2018.

Ms. Pierre-Louis Washington is a seasoned litigator with substantial experience representing plaintiffs in both individual and class action cases in state and federal courts, as well as before FINRA and administrative agencies. She also works with clients to avoid litigation where appropriate, and to craft unique solutions to clients’ problems through a combination of negotiation, mediation and alternative dispute resolution.

Ms. Pierre-Louis Washington is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, the Washington Bar Association, the New York State and City Bar Associations, and the New Jersey State Bar Association. She is the Co-Chair of the 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.

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
  • New Jersey, 2017
  • District of Columbia, 2019


  • 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


  • Speaker: "Race and Discussion Series, Equity In The Workplace: Still a Civil Right", The Social Justice and Political Action Committee of the Washington Bar Association
  • Speaker: "Understanding the Complexities of On-Ramping and Off-Ramping in Financial Services", Council of Urban Professionals and the Robert Toigo Foundation Alumni Association
  • Speaker: "Employee Performance and Termination: Key considerations under the FMLA and ADA", (live webcast)
  • Speaker: "The FMLA", American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment Law, Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee Midwinter Meeting
  • Speaker: "The FMLA 20 Years Later", American Bar Association, 9th Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference
  • Speaker: "Workplace Investigations Essentials: What to Know When Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations", American Bar Association
  • Speaker: "Pregnancy In The Workplace: Employers' and Employees' Rights and Obligations", American Bar Association
  • Speaker: "Handling Requests for Leave and Religious and Disability Accommodations", New York City Bar Employment Law Institute
  • Speaker: "Title VII Essentials", American Bar Association, Webinar
  • Speaker: "Return to Work—If You Can! How to Use the ADA & Rehabilitation Act to Your Client's Advantage", NELA, 2014 Annual Convention: Blazing the Trail, Courage
  • Speaker: "Mixed-Motive Defense in Employment Discrimination Cases", Strafford Publications, CLE Webinar
  • Lecturer: "Litigating Disability Discrimination Claims under the American with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008", Cordozo School of Law
  • Speaker: "Representing People with Conviction Histories in Employment Matters", The New York City Conference on Representing Employees

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2017 - 2018

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
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, member
  • Washington Bar Association, Member
  • New York City Bar Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Former Chair, Lawyers of Color Committee


  • English (Primary)