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Karleen Green has a blended labor and employment practice which concentrates on employee benefits and employment matters for both public and private employers, including compliance with federal and state employment laws as well as ERISA, HIPAA, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and COBRA. She represents clients in various industries, including construction, healthcare, public utilities, package and freight delivery, financial services, fueling, gaming, industrial equipment, insurance, real estate, food service, education, and state and local government. Ms. Green handles issues related to plan qualification under the Internal Revenue Code and compliance with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, and COBRA. She regularly counsels clients on administration of pension and welfare benefit plans and cafeteria plans as well as plan correction issues. Ms. Green also drafts benefit plans and various plan documents such as summary plan descriptions and plan amendments and reviews prototype plan documents and service agreements. She advises employers on nonqualified deferred compensation matters, employment agreements, and severance arrangements. She handles ERISA litigation involving issues of breach of fiduciary duty and wrongful denial of benefits. Ms. Green has spoken numerous times on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the impact on employer-provided group health coverage and counsels clients on compliance issues.


Ms. Green counsels employers on issues related to Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, and state laws related to discrimination and retaliation, wage payment, and noncompetition and defends clients in administrative proceedings and litigation asserting claims under these laws. She frequently counsels clients on the administration of employee benefits during leaves of absence under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, the FMLA, and other federal and state laws. She regularly drafts and reviews employment policies and conducts training sessions on employment laws.


Practice areas


  1. Employee Benefits: 50%
  2. Employment & Labor: 50%

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Phelps Dunbar

II City Plaza
400 Convention Street, Suite 1100
Baton Rouge, LA, 70802-5615


LAEligible to practice law199711/03/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Chair's AwardFederal Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section2013
Forty Under 40Baton Rouge Business Report2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Louisiana State Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionChair2007 - 2008
Louisiana State Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionMemberN/A
Federal Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionMemberN/A
Baton Rouge Bar AssociationMemberN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
eLABORateHealth Care Reform Adds to the Web of Anti-Retaliation Laws Applicable to Employers2013
The Federal LawyerThe Benefits of Changing Times: Health Plan Compliance in 20102010
Federal Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section NewsletterHIPAA's Privacy Rule: A Potential Pitfall for Employers and Plan Sponsors2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Louisiana State UniversityAccountingBS - Bachelor of Science1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Phelps Dunbar Baton Rouge Employment Law Breakfast BriefingWhat Do Windsor and the Affordable Care Act Mean for Your Organization?2014
Minority Corporate Counsel Association CLE ExpoThe Affordable Care Act: Implementing Obamacare2014
LSU Executive Education ProgramNavigating Social Media in the Workplace2013
Louisiana Municipal Association webinarFacebook, Twitter, and the Workplace2013
Federal Bar Association Labor and Employment Bi-Annual ConferenceERISA Tips for Employment Practitioners2013
Federal Bar Association Annual MeetingTrends in Labor and Employment Law: A Panel Discussion2013
Phelps Dunbar Baton Rouge Employment Law Breakfast BriefingNew Regulations under the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) and Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)2011
Phelps Dunbar Houston Employment Law SeminarExtreme Makeover: Fundamentals of Health Care Reform2010
Phelps Dunbar Health Care SeminarFundamentals of Health Care Reform2010
Audio Workshop, Louisiana Business Group on HealthPatient Bill of Rights under the PPACA2010
Audio Workshop, Louisiana Business Group on HealthExplaining Health Care Reform: New Rules on Preventive Care2010
Phelps Dunbar Baton Rouge Employment Law Breakfast BriefingExpansion of Employee Rights: ADAAA, GINA and USERRA2008