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Adams and Reese labor and employment attorney Leslie Lanusse, honored for the fourth consecutive year as a BTI Client Service All-Star, was featured in a Law360 article, “49 Employment Attorneys Know How To Keep GCs Happy,” published on the legal publication’s web site on February 3rd.

For the 2014 BTI Client Services All-Stars report, corporate in-house counsel selected 49 labor and employment specialists whose razor-sharp focus on client service is achieved by gaining a thorough understanding of their clients’ businesses, establishing a realistic set of expectations and quickly developing expertise in new areas of employment law.

Lanusse showed an unwavering commitment to client service through her responsiveness and attention to detail, according to the survey. She said that grasping her clients’ businesses, not just their needs, is at the top of her agenda as a labor and employment expert.

“Sometimes we need to forget a bit that we are lawyers and drive the litigation agenda because that doesn't always serve the client or provide the right solution for the problem they face,” Lanusse said. “In many respects, they want us not only to provide them with good, sound legal advice, but to be their business partner as well.”

Lanusse is also ranked by Chambers USA, Louisiana Super Lawyers (by Thomson Reuters) and Best Lawyers (by BL Rankings, LLC) in Labor and Employment Law. At Adams and Reese, Lanusse has more than two decades of experience in the representation of management in all phases of employee relations.

Her experience has included defending claims of discrimination before the EEOC and the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights; handling claims arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state compensation commissions; defense of OSHA and environmental whistleblower claims before administrative agencies; defense of FMLA claims; defense of claims of violation by employers of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; and defending employers during investigation of compliance with wage and hour laws. She also regularly drafts employment policies, trains in compliance and best practices, and provides ongoing advice and counsel regarding employment issues, including drafting and advising on implementation of affirmative action plans.