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Debra J. Fischman - New Orleans, LA

909 Poydras StreetSuite 2800 New Orleans, LA 70112

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Updated: 01/25/2023

New Orleans Employment Law Lawyer



About Debra J. Fischman

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Member

Practice Areas

  • Employment Law
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Personal Injury – Defense
  • Personal Injury – Plaintiffs
  • Education Law
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Labor Law

Representative Cases


Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi, 2005
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1999

Other Affiliations

  • Newcomb Institute Director’s Advisory Council, Member, 2021-Present
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation, 2008 - Present (Fellow)
  • Anti-Defamation League, 2008 - 2014 (Regional Board Member)
  • Jewish Children Regional Service, 2004 - 2010 (Board Member)
  • St. George's Episcopal School, Board of Development, 2000 - 2003 (Member)
  • Association of Women Attorneys (Member)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section (Member)
  • New Orleans Bar Association (Member)
  • Federal Bar Association (Member)
  • Bar Association of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (Member)
  • Jewish Community Center, 1994 - 1996 (Board Member)
  • Newcomb Institute Director's Advisory Council, Member, 2021 - Present
  • Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 2022 - Present (Trustee)

Classes and Seminars

  • Time Sheets & Billing, New Orleans Bar Association, 2016 - Present
  • Fundamentals of Employment Law, Sterling Education Services, September 9, 2015 - Present
  • As the World Turns – the Evolution of Labor and Employment Law, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, August 28, 2015 - Present
  • Time Sheets & Billing, New Orleans Bar Association, August 28, 2015 - Present
  • Difficult Issues Involving ADA/FMLA Leaves and Absences - 6th Biennial Labor & Employment Conference, Federal Bar Association - Labor and Employment Section, March 3, 2015
  • Fundamentals of Employment Law: FLSA/Wage and Hour Critical Issues, Sterling Education Services, September 10, 2014 - Present
  • Magnum PI: Winning the Big Personal Injury Case - Defending the Big Case from Start to Finish, Louisiana State Bar Association, October 11, 2013 - Present
  • Better Billing Practices at Big Easy Boot Camp, New Orleans Bar Association, October 19, 2012 - Present
  • Employment Law Update Beyond the Basics, Sterling Education Services, Inc., December 14, 2011 - Present
  • Lawfully Managing Student Records Without Violating Privacy Rights, NBI Seminar, December 9, 2011 - Present
  • Big Easy Bootcamp, New Orleans Bar Association, October 14, 2011 - Present
  • Preparing A Witness, New Orleans Bar Association, October 15, 2009 - Present
  • Louisiana Athletic Trainer's Association Summer 2008 Symposium: Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Athletics, 2008 - Present
  • Hot Topic: Employment Liability and Insurance, April 13, 2005 - Present
  • Recent Developments In Employment Law: What Human Resource Professionals and Attorneys Handling Employment Matters Need to Know - NOW!, Sterling Education Services, LLC, January 29, 2003 - Present
  • Guest Panelist on "It's the Law" on local cable television

Past Positions

  • McGlinchey Stafford, Associate/Partner, 1981 - 1999
  • City of New Orleans, Assistant City Attorney, 1978 - 1981


  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Newcomb College of Tulane University, New Orleans, 1975
    Honors: magna cum laude
    Honors: Alpha Lambda Delta
    Honors: Tulane University Scholar
    Major: Political Science & Art History


Accepts Credit Cards

Office Information


909 Poydras StreetSuite 2800 New Orleans, LA 70112


  • 504-299-2309


Other Sources of Feedback About Debra J. Fischman

Included on the 2023 Louisiana list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Louisiana Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Debra J. Fischman on Super Lawyers


  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigator in America, 2022
  • Best Lawyers in America since 2012, with special designations in Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants & Plaintiffs, 2021 – 2022
  • Louisiana Super Lawyer, 2010-2012 and 2014-2022
  • Top 100 List of the Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys, Human Resource Executive, 2014 - 2016
  • Martindale Hubbell - Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, 2011
  • Chambers and Partners: Labor and Employment Law, 2010-2012
  • CityBusiness Women of the Year, 2010
  • 2023 Best Lawyers Award

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