NEW ORLEANS — Labor and employment
attorney Eve B. Masinter has been named to the 2017 list of Louisiana Super Lawyers.
For Masinter, a partner at Breazeale,
Sachse & Wilson LLP, it marked the fourth consecutive time she
has been named to the list, according to her profile
on the firm's website. Attorneys named as a Super Lawyer are chosen
and recognized by their peers for professional achievement,
means a lot to me,” Masinter told the Louisiana Record. “I’m
very humbled. It’s important because it’s your peers statewide so
it’s a real compliment and it makes you feel good. It’s nice to
know and humbling to know that people respect you. It’s a high
Masinter has experience
in labor and employment law often dealing with the Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Labor, and Occupational
Safety and Health Administration.
She is a member of the board of
directors of the International Association of Defense Counsel and a
board liaison for the Employment Law, Diversity and Membership
Committees as well as the Defense Counsel Journal of the IADC.
expertise extends to clients dealing with employment matters,
advising them on human-resources policies, procedures and handbooks.
She has represented management in their involvement with unions and
state and federal employment laws and regulations.
earned a strong reputation in the labor and employment arena,
attributing this to part of why she was chosen as a Louisiana Super
“I think it’s just because of the
knowledge of my reputation and people I’ve worked with over the
years whether we were opponents or on the same side,” she said.
is a member of and has spoken for the Louisiana State Bar Association
and served as chair of the bar’s Labor and Employment Law Section
from 2006 to 2007. She was also vice chair, secretary, and treasurer
of the association.
Masinter is also a member of the Federal Bar
Association, the New Orleans Bar Association, American Health Lawyers
Association, Louisiana Supreme Court Historical Society, and the
Louisiana Hospital Association.
While Masinter has worked on
several large cases over her time as an attorney, she recalled an
arbitration case she worked on in 2012 — with a local school board
involving a number of claimants under a labor contract — as being
impactful to her career.
Over the last year, Masinter has seen the
focus of employment and labor law move towards transgender, sexual
orientation, and same-sex marriage rights as related to
discrimination and obtaining employment benefits that the EEOC has
made named this as their priority now and moving forward. This is
also in addition to extended leave for pregnant women under Title VII
of the American with Disabilities Act.
“You can’t have policies to treat
them differently under the way the EEOC interprets it,” she said.
Masinter has also seen an increase in wage claims under the
Louisiana Wage Payment statute recently as related to overtime pay.
“That’s been a real uptick in
Louisiana and throughout the nation,” she said.
Masinter is a
graduate of Louisiana State University receiving her Bachelor of Arts
from the school in 1979 and her Juris Doctor from the Paul M. Hebert
Law Center at LSU in 1982.