In his over 30 years of trial experience, attorney Victor Farrugia is known by both clients and peers for his integrity and dedication to excellent legal representation. He is an Employment Law Specialist, Certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization. He has earned, for more than twenty consecutive years, an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics. He is also a Super Lawyer and New Orleans magazine selected him as a top lawyer in employment and civil rights law.

As a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Mr. Farrugia has the dedication and determination to pursue your legal goals. He is a Veteran and has earned the U.S. Army Combat Infantryman Badge. He has obtained many jury verdicts on behalf of employees and has extensive appellate experience. Since 1990, he has been a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA). He is the founder of the Louisiana Employment Lawyers Association (LELA) and is the past Chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association. He is currently a member of the LSBA Employment Law Advisory Committee and the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization.

Practice areas

  • Severance agreements
  • Employment discrimination based on race, national origin, gender, disability, age, and sincere religious beliefs
  • Retaliation for participation in a protected activity, such as making a complaint about a violation of law
  • Retaliation for complaining about or reporting an environmental violation
  • Failure to accommodate employees with disabilities or with sincere religious beliefs
  • Sexual harassment
  • Family and Medical Leave Act violations
  • Wrongful termination
  • Employment contracts and noncompete agreements
  • Representation in mediations and arbitrations
  • Unlawful harassment at the workplace
  • Wage and hour law violations including failure to pay overtime
  • Equal Pay Act violations - Employers must pay equal pay for equal work, regardless of sex
  • Unfair labor practices by the employer
  • Breach of the duty of fair representation by the union 

Admitted in the following courts:

  • Louisiana Courts at trial and Appellate Level
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit and Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • United States Military Academy at West Point, B.S. Degree 
  • University of Colorado at Boulder, J.D. Degree
  • University of Heidelberg

Associations & memberships

  • Louisiana State Bar Association (Chair, Labor and Employment Section, 1996 – 1997)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association 
  • Louisiana Employment Lawyers Association (Founder in 1990)

Military service

  • Captain, U.S. Army, C-75th Infantry, Airborne Rangers, First Air Cavalry


  • German

Appellate Cases

  • Clarence Barrow v. New Orleans Steamship Assoc. et al 932 F 2d 473 (5th Cir. 1991) and 10 F 3d 292, (5th Cir., 1994)
  • Chauvin v. Tandy Corporation, 984 F 2d 695 (5th Cir. 1993)
  • Eddy Le Compte v. Freeport-McMoran (1995 WL 313700 E.D. La.)
  • Willis v. United Paperworks International Union Local 189, 943 F.Supp 633 (E.D.La 1996)
  • Tommy Swanson v. GSA, 110 F 3d 1180 (5th Cir., 1997)
  • Khatibi v. William B. Reily & Co., Inc., 703 So.2d 187 (La.App. 4 Cir. 1997)
  • Douglas v. Dyn McDermott Petroleum, 144 F.3d 367 (5th Cir. 1998)
  • Ruffin Duet v. Martin Marietta Corporation, 720 So.2d 1290 (La.App. 4 Cir. 1998)
  • Prescott v. Northlake Christian School, 369 F.3d 491 (5th Cir. 2004) and [U] 141 Fed.Appx. 263 (5th Cir. 07/08/2005)
  • Brooks v. SUNO, 877 So.2d 1194 (La. App. 4 Cir. 2004) Cert. denied La. Sup.Ct. 2004-C-2246 (Nov. 19, 2004)
  • Feist v. State, 730 F.3d 450 (5th Cir. 2013)
  • Antoine v. First Student, Inc., 713 F.3d 824 (5th Cir. 2013)
  • Adams v. Columbia/HCA of New Orleans, Incorporated, No. 22-30389. (5th Cir, March 3, 2023)

Victor Farrugia serves clients in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Bernard and East Baton Rouge Parishes and throughout the state of Louisiana.