Edward F. Harold


New Orleans Office

(504) 592-3801 phone
(504) 529-3850 fax
(504) 427-8068 cell



  • Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, LA
    J.D. 1992
  • The University of the South, Sewanee, TN
    1989 B.A.

Ed Harold is a partner in the New Orleans office and chair of the firm's Retail Industry Practice Group.

His practice is primarily devoted to employment litigation in both state and federal court in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama and counseling employers to avoid litigation.

Throughout his career, he has spent significant time and attention assisting employers in managing employee attendance and leave issues.

As a result of this work, in 1999, Ed testified before the Subcommittee on Children and Families of the Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee of the United States Senate about the problems employers face in administering FMLA leave. 

Representative Work

5th Circuit Upholds Summary Judgment Awarded to Louisiana Detention Center in Gender Discrimination Case

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi


Eighty-Four Fisher & Phillips Attorneys Selected to The Best Lawyers in America 2016
August 17, 2015

Forty-Four Attorneys Ranked Among Top in Chambers USA 2015
May 19, 2015

Fisher & Phillips Attorneys Listed in Louisiana Super Lawyers
December 29, 2014

Ed is "AV" peer-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.  He has been listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers since 2009 and in The Best Lawyers in America since 2010.


Is There Room for Politics in the Workplace?
November 16, 2015

Guest Perspective: Working with Transgender Employees
September 25, 2015

Pregnancy Case Shows Need For Policy Reviews
April 20, 2015

Legal Lessons from Starbucks' Race Together Campaign
March 27, 2015

Business Texting on Personal Phone Blurs the Line
September 30, 2014

Arbitration Agreements Help Avoid Negative Publicity
April 23, 2013

Multi-Location Retail Store Not ‘Appropriate' for Union Bargaining
December 12, 2011

"You Can't Make Me Sell That!"
January 9, 2008

Legal Alerts

Supreme Court (Sort of) Allows Courts To Review EEOC Mediation Efforts
April 29, 2015

Quotes and Soundbites

Is There Room for Politics in the Workplace?
November 4, 2015

Hurricane Preparedness in the Workplace
May 28, 2015

5 Tips To Handle Workplace Race Talks Better Than Starbucks
March 31, 2015

Starbucks' ‘Race Relations' Campaign Was Breeding Ground for Lawsuits, Experts Say
March 25, 2015

Starbucks 'Race Together' May Brew Up Legal Risk
March 23, 2015

Size Matters: What legal acts apply to your business? It all depends on your payroll.
February 1, 2015

EEOC & New Guidelines For Pregnant Women
August 3, 2014

Lack Of E-Cigarette Laws Leaves Employers In Haze
March 27, 2014

5 Things To Think About Beyond PPACA
December 17, 2013

'Living Wage' Bill Highlights New Worker Rights Battleground
September 17, 2013

NY Risks Overreach With Ban On Secret Harassment Accords
May 22, 2013

Social-Media Policy Key to Mitigate Liability
October 23, 2012

Background Checks Useful, But Limited
June 1, 2012

No Need To Check Applicants' Social Media
June 1, 2012

Social Media Are A Potential Minefield On The Job
March 25, 2012

Labor Laws Don't Take A Holiday For Seasonal Employees
September 23, 2011

Newsletter Articles

On-Call Scheduling Under Attack
December 1, 2015

Retailers Should Heed Supreme Court Guidance On Religion
September 1, 2015

Swatting Gnats
June 1, 2015

Federal Wage Claims? That's The Easy Part!
March 2, 2015

Goodbye – Come Back Soon!
December 1, 2014

Texting For Business On Personal Cell Phones
September 1, 2014

What An Interesting Nose Ring – Now Take It Out
June 1, 2014

Partying In The Store
March 1, 2014

New Year's Resolutions: Five Areas Of Focus For 2014
December 3, 2013

EEOC Loses (Again) On Criminal-Background Checks
September 1, 2013

Handling Misconduct By (Someone Else's) Employees
June 1, 2013

Lessons Learned from Sports: Improve Your Team Every Year
June 1, 2013

Upgrading Through Free Agency: Seasonal Hires In A Down Economy
December 3, 2012

Using Conviction Records As A Screening Tool
June 1, 2012

A Tale Of Two Stores
March 1, 2012

"I'll Get You For This" - Avoiding Charges Of Workers' Comp Retaliation
December 1, 2011

The Injured Worker: Practical Approaches For Avoiding Lawsuits
September 1, 2011

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, And Equal Pay Act Claims Are Everywhere
June 1, 2011

Terminating Employees For Theft, Part 2
June 1, 2011

Common Mistakes When Terminating Employees For Theft, Part 1
March 1, 2011

Crowd Control Tips From OSHA
December 1, 2010

Social Networking in the Retail World
September 1, 2010

Multi-Location Retail Store Not "Appropriate" For Bargaining
June 1, 2010

Document Retention Vs. Document Creation: Which Is More Important?
March 1, 2010


Chancellor and Sunday School Teacher, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
Member, Board of Trustees The University of the South

Previous Community Activities:

Board of Trustees New Orleans City Park
Board of Trustees New Orleans Museum of Art
Board of Trustees St. Martin’s Episcopal School
President of the Father’s Club St. Martin’s Episcopal School
Vice – President Father’s Club St. Paul’s School


  • Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, LA
    J.D. 1992
  • The University of the South, Sewanee, TN
    1989 B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi