MaryJo Roberts, a shareholder in the Kullman New Orleans office, is recognized in the 19th edition of New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law.
MaryJo advocates nationally for clients in a wide range of workplace-generated disputes from inception through resolution, whether in motion pleading, mediation, arbitration, or trial. MaryJo represents employers in federal and state law discrimination issues, harassment, and retaliation claims. MaryJo also serves as the firm’s hiring partner.
The Leadership in Law Class features attorneys who have made an impact in both the legal field and the community. In addition to the recognition, honorees were asked to share how their interest in law arose and a case from their career that they find especially memorable.
An accomplished labor and employment attorney MaryJo Roberts has a warm exuberance and joie de vivre about her work.
As a shareholder at The Kullman Firm, Roberts says she is proud to be a part of the roughly 2 percent of U.S. law firm partners who are African-American. With her position as hiring partner, she considers it her passionate duty to recruit diverse, top-tier talent for all 11 of the firm’s offices, thereby increasing access to the legal profession.
As part of that pursuit, Roberts delves deep into education initiatives in the city. She leads Kullman’s Henry P. Julien Law Scholars Program, a free program introducing students to the legal profession through mock trials and other events, as well as offering them scholarship opportunities. Additionally, Roberts is entering her third term as board president of InspireNOLA Charter Schools, leading her to receiving the 2023 Inspire Higher education award.
“I was with the organization when it was only two schools, and it’s now seven schools. We have over 5,500 students we serve, and it has been immensely rewarding. Working with the schools to ensure our kids and schools are performing well, it’s leaps and bounds.”
In 2023, Roberts earned the employment law specialist designation with the Louisiana State Bar Association in the first year the organization offered the specialty.
“It really is never a dull moment with the types of cases that we are handling and … being able to have clients trust us with that and giving them advice on those matters is very rewarding.”
To read more about the 19th Edition of New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law, click here.