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 - present
  • Chambers USA / Louisiana, Labor & Employment
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers (Employment & Labor), 2014–2015, 2018–2024
  • 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, 2024



  • 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 is professional, thoughtful, and super-knowledgeable. She ensures clients receive the best service every single time. We rely on her guidance and direction on any matter."

Chambers 2023 Client Commentary

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

"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

"She provides the same level of attention, professionalism, and dedication to solving issues no matter what it is. She is accessible and very responsive." 

"She is relentless in her pursuit of the truth."

Chambers 2021 Client Commentary