Magdalen Blessey Bickford
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  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law (J.D., 1986)
  • Loyola University New Orleans (B.A., cum laude, 1983)


Bar Admissions
  • Louisiana
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana


  • New Orleans CityBusiness Women of the Year, 2009, 2021
  • New Orleans CityBusiness "Ones to Watch," 2018
  • New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law, 2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell™ AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated Lawyer
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (Employment Law – Management, Labor Law - Management, and Litigation – Labor and Employment), 2013–2023
  • Chambers USA / Louisiana, Labor & Employment
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers (Employment & Labor), 2014–2015, 2018–2023
  • New Orleans Magazine "Top Lawyer: Labor and Employment Law," 2016, 2018–2021
  • Inside New Orleans Magazine "Elite Lawyers" (Employee Benefits Law), 2021
  • Biz New Orleans "New Orleans 500," 2021



  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Directory Publishers, Past Co-Vice Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (2008 graduate)
  • Society of Human Resources Management, local and national chapters
  • Women's Professional Council of New Orleans, Past President, Board Member and Bylaws Chair


  • Junior League of New Orleans
  • New Orleans Spring Fiesta
  • St. Anna's, Past President and Board Member
  • Lambeth House, Board Member
  • Holy Rosary Academy and High School, Former Member, Advisory Board
  • St. Francis of Assisi
  • St. Mary's Dominican Alumnae Association
  • Boys Town Louisiana, Board Member

Outside the Office

Magdalen enjoys spending time with and being a role model to her three young adult daughters and their friends. She is the founder of a women’s group called Kru du Vin, which combines wine and food tasting with a bit of networking and a lot of fun.

what my clients say

"Magdalen provides timely, clear, concise and relevant advice." 

Chambers 2022 Client Commentary

"She spends a lot of time understanding and learning her clients' businesses. Since she is very knowledgeable about those business components, she delivers the most reasonable methods to successfully navigate the ever-changing labor environment for her clients' operations."

Chambers 2022 Client Commentary