Patricia Pannell is a Human Resources consultant, attorney and mediator. In 2013, Patti and her long-time colleague Stefanie Allweiss founded Gotcha Covered HR to provide human resources support and outsourcing to small and mid-sized businesses.
A graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, Patti has been actively engaged in the practice of labor and employment law in the Greater New Orleans area for more than 25 years. She has represented clients before regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Louisiana Workforce Commission. She currently serves in an “of counsel” capacity to a prestigious Metairie, Louisiana law firm where she provides general advices on employment law-related matters for the firm’s business clients.
Patti has lectured at seminars both for individual businesses and for fellow attorneys on topics such as sexual harassment, family and medical leave, and wage and hour law. She works extensively with HR professionals and business owners in proactive problem solving, including: developing and implementing drug testing protocols; working with managers in dealing with employees in difficult situations, providing advice, guidance and coaching as needed; negotiating severance agreements; formulating general workplace policies and strategies; and conducting independent investigations into allegations of sexual harassment and other forms of workplace discrimination.
In 2012, Patti received her certification in Employment Mediation from The Mediation Institute and is a registered Civil Mediator with the Louisiana State Bar Association. She is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association as well as the South Carolina Bar.
Patti is also a member of the New Orleans affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (NOLA-SHRM), the New Orleans Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO-NOLA), and, through Gotcha Covered HR, the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce and StayLocal.
Patti is married to her law school sweetheart, John Dunlap, and has two sons. She enjoys cooking, reading, gardening, spinning, and SEC football. She is an active member of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church where she serves as chair of the World Missions Committee.