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Melissa Pierre-Louis Washington

Employment and labor Attorney at Washington, DC

4.7   14 reviews

also known as Melissa E. Washington

  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 4 years
    New Jersey - NJ 7 years
    New York - NY 15 years
  • Licensed for 4 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2019
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2017
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Melissa

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MELISSA E. PIERRE-LOUIS WASHINGTON is the founding member of the Washington Law Firm PLLC. She was a former partner at Outten & Golden LLP in New York and Washington D.C., where she successfully represented employees in litigation and negotiation in all areas of employment law for over a decade, including individual discrimination and retaliation claims, sexual harassment, whistleblower claims, contractual claims, and wage and hour actions. Ms. Washington also handles a variety of professional and executive compensation and benefits matters, including the negotiation of employment contracts, severance agreements, and restrictive covenants. Ms. Washington has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in 2017, 2018, 2020-2021 and by LawDragon as the 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers in 2020 and 2021. Ms. 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. 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 former 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.

 

Location

Washington Law Firm PLLC
1050 Connecticut Ave NW
Suite 65425
Washington, DC, 20036

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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by GCobb | October 19, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly Competent lawyer with true compassion
Melissa is a highly competent lawyer that genuinely cares about her clients. Her staff is extremely professional, and she will walk you through the process with expertise, extreme knowledge and kindness. I can't recommend her enough!
Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great job
For clients, it is the first (and hopefully the only) time that we go through this harrowing experience. Melissa leverages her years of experience and insight to provide concise, meaningful and timely explanations. She also informs the strategy while enabling the client to make the final decision and adjusts her interventions accordingly. She quickly responded to texts, calls and emails. She did an excellent job and ended up with a relatively generous settlement.
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Posted by Cierra | September 17, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The absolute best
I hired Melissa after dealing (and firing) with the worst lawyer of my life. She was so kind and took the time to explain to me legal terms and strategy that made sense for my case. She was an advocate for me and gave her professional advice while being supportive of my concerns.
Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
I had a very favorable outcome in my case because of Melissa's work. She was smart, tough (in the way a lawyer needs to be), extremely responsive -- answering all of my questions, providing context when I needed more information, and sending timely updates on how my case was progressing. I always felt taken care of. Melissa is a great lawyer, but what really made the difference was that she was also easy to work with, empathetic, candid, and funny. She made an inherently hard experience easier, while achieving the results I wanted.
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Posted by Melissa | September 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Experience
Since the first time speaking with Melissa, I knew she was the right person for the job! It was my first time ever working with a lawyer and she made my experience so easy. She was very clear and honest from the beginning and educated me on processes and also cares about your situation. Her response rate is amazing and puts your mind at ease knowing someone is on your side. I would highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
I highly recommend Ms. Pierre-Louis. She is extremely knowledgeable on the field of employment law. She is efficient, results-oriented and patient. She is not only effective, but also a pleasure to work with.
Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Not only is Melissa great at what she does, but she truly cares and is passionate about her work. From the moment we first consulted on my particular case, she made me feel at ease and confident. She advocated for me, exceeding expectations and kept the lines of communication open throughout the entire process. I’d definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a knowledgeable labor and employment lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional professional ability, great communication style. The very best.
I am so glad I chose Ms. Pierre-Louis as my attorney. She is incredibly knowledgeable and quickly understood the specifics of my situation. She took the time to listen to my concerns, and I always felt like an active part of the process, thanks to her ability to communicate in a language I could understand, so that I could make informed decisions. I hope never to need her services again, but I would recommend her in an instant to anyone seeking her legal services. Because of her ability to combine an attention to detail with a sense of the big picture, we accomplished what we set out to do, with minimal stress and aggravation.
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Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer I have ever dealt with!!
I was recommended to Outten and Golden by a previous lawyer firm, there I consulted and hired Melissa Pierre-Louis. As soon as I came to my first consultation she made me feel comfortable and answer all questions and doubts I had regarding my case, all her answers were concise and I was able to understand all the legal terms and all the options that I had a the time. I felt like I knew Melissa from a long time, she treated me with respect and listened closely to all my questions, she provided very helpful information and guidance on my case. Melissa provided realistic expectations in terms of the outcome of my case and timelines. After I hired Melissa I only dealt with her via e-mail and phone, which was very convenient, we were able to communicate clearly and effectively. My case was settled and I ended up getting a relatively larger settlement amount than expected, I absolutely got what I invested in terms of time and retainer. I would recommend Melissa to anyone having legal issues with their employer, she would give you a realistic expectation, you will find that she is very knowledgeable and engaged in the cases she handles.
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Posted by Audrey | May 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Employee/Employer Conflict
In April 2015, I contacted Melissa Pierre Louis via her law firm. After consulting her I hired her immediately. I contacted her regarding an employment issue in which I felt I was being discriminated against because of my age and race. This was a very challenging time for me, as I had been employed by my company for over twenty years. In addition to my employment difficulties, I was also responsible for the care of my two elderly and ill parents. Melissa was not only knowledgeable in employment law, but she was accessible, very approachable , empathetic and compassionate. She helped me get through a very difficult time, while helping me maintain my dignity and self respect! I highly recommend Melissa without reservation. She represented me impeccably and we achieved the desired outcome in a short period of time! Thank you
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Posted by Kate | May 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Very Satisfied Client
I was referred to Outten & Golden by a very prominent lawyer who did not handle Labor Law. I needed a lawyer to handle my discrimination case, and he highly recommended Ms. Melissa Pierre-Louis. I met with Melissa and she was friendly and very sympathetic regarding all that I had endured. She was thorough and detail-oriented. She took notes as I explained my case. She asked many questions ensuring that she had documented every aspect with complete accuracy. She answered every one of my questions with specifics regarding how the law operated, and gave me examples so that I understood every aspect of my claim. Melissa described how the case would begin and informed me of the steps that generally occur in cases such as mine. It was clear to me that she was a true professional who had my best interests in mind. Before the end of our meeting Melissa clearly explained the pricing and my options. She left no stone unturned! As the case began and progressed Melissa kept me abreast of the details. She would email and call me with updates, and generally made herself available when I called randomly. If she was unable to take my call, her lovely assistant, Carmen would let me know when Melissa would get back to me; it was a few hours at most. Ms.Melissa Pierre-Louis not only won the case against this major corporation, but was clearly a tough negotiator because she was able to secure an agreement where I was awarded more than double what the company's attorneys said they were willing to pay. I highly recommend Melissa, and if I am ever in a similar situation again I know who I am calling.
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Posted by Ayla | May 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bright, poised and results-driven lawyer
I was introduced to Melissa when I needed an employment lawyer and choosing her was a fantastic decision. Melissa gave my case her full & honest attention from the first phone call to the last meeting. Being represented by Melissa made me feel secure and I was confident in her abilities to move the case in the desired direction. As someone hiring a lawyer for the first time I had no understanding of the process and financials involved. Melissa explained in detail all available options and possible outcomes. She stayed in touch continuously and worked hard to keep the timeline as short as possible. The outcome was excellent from my personal point of view as well as Melissa's professional opinion. Hiring Melissa was an investment in my well-being.
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Posted by Christina | May 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, personable and an overall pleasure to work with.
I hired Ms. Pierre-Louis to handle my Discrimination case and I was completely satisfied with her results. Melissa was a pleasure to work with. My employment case was stressful and draining so I'm especially grateful for how quickly the matter was handled. Mrs. Pierre-Louis was attentive, extremely patient and always made sure to explain everything to me. She appeared to be very knowledgeable of the laws surrounding my case and fought hard to ensure that my issues were adequately resolved. Melissa was also very responsive and returned my emails/calls within a few hours at most. I am very thankful for Melissa and her team and I have, and will continue to, refer my friends and family to her.
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Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bad experience
I hired outtengolden for a discrimination case at work. My first lawyer was diligent but left the company. My case was then handled by Melissa Pierre Louis. Not only she didn't work properly on the case, was never available, billed me $20,000 in total and finally let me know that she couldn't take my case to court because it wouldn't make the company enough money!!! Very bad lawyer. Just for the record, I found another lawyer and we won our case.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Member
  • Washington Law Firm
  • 2021 - Present
  • Partner
  • Outten & Golden LLP
  • 2018 - 2021
  • Associate
  • Outten & Golden LLP
  • 2008 - 2017

Education

  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • State University of New York, Albany
  • N/A

Associations

  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
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  • National Employment Lawyers Association (New York chapter)
  • Member
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  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Lawyers of Color Committee
  • Former Chair
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
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  • FMLA subcommittee of ABA Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee
  • Co-chair
  • N/A
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Member
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  • American Bar Association (ABA) Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member
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  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Member
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Black Lawyers Association
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Client Champion
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Black Lawyers Association
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
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Publications

  • The Family and Medical Leave Act, 2015 Cumulative Supplement," ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act, 2015 Cumulative Supplement," Associate Editor
  • 2015
  • Employment Law Strategist
  • “The Final Regulations to the ADA Amendments Act: Redefining What it Means to Be 'Disabled' Under the Act”
  • 2011
  • New York City Conference on Representing Employees
  • “The Disparate Impact of Criminal Screening Policies"
  • 2010
  • Section of Labor and Employment Law Flash
  • Employers Must Revisit Their Hiring Policies to Incorporate Ex-Offenders into the Workplace
  • 2010
  • NELA Employee Advocate
  • “Impact Matters: How Lewis v. City of Chicago Saved the Timeliness of Disparate Impact Claims”
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • ABA 15th Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference
  • "Harassment in a Remote Workplace"
  • 2021
  • The College of Labor and Employment Law Webinar
  • "On-Site Working During Covid: Legal Challenges and Strategic Approaches"
  • 2020
  • The Social Justice and Political Action Committee of the Washington Bar Association
  • Race and Discussion Series, Equity In The Workplace: Still a Civil Right
  • 2019
  • Council of Urban Professionals and the Robert Toigo Foundation Alumni Association
  • Understanding the Complexities of On-Ramping and Off-Ramping in Financial Services
  • 2017
  • Live webcast
  • Employee Performance and Termination: Key considerations under the FMLA and ADA
  • 2016
  • Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee Midwinter Meeting
  • The FMLA
  • 2015
  • American Bar Association, 9th Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference, Philadelphia, PA
  • The FMLA 20 Years Later
  • 2015
  • Cordozo School of Law
  • "Litigating Disability Discrimination Claims under the American with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008"
  • 2012
  • The New York City Conference on Representing Employees
  • “Representing People with Conviction Histories in Employment Matters”
  • 2010
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Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Melissa is a knowledgeable and tenacious litigator and a creative and forceful negotiator. I would trust her with any employment suit or employment negotiation. She brings her skill, experience, and empathy to every client. I fully endorse Melissa."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa is an excellent litigation attorney. A zealous advocate for her clients and well respected in the legal community. Highly recommended lawyer."
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Washington Employment and labor Lawyer Melissa Pierre-Louis Washington
Melissa Pierre-Louis Washington
Employment and labor Attorney
Washington, DC
Licensed for 15 years