Return to Campus

Visit our FAQ website for the latest information about health and safety.

Back to Top
Lesli Harris Chief of Staff

Chief of Staff

Lesli D. Harris

Chief of Staff

The Chief of Staff reports directly to the President of the university and serves as a key strategic adviser to the President. In this role, the Chief of Staff interfaces with all aspects of the university, including marketing and admissions initiatives, legal issues in connection with the General Counsel, and academic and entrepreneurial programs. The Chief of Staff also leads the process of creating procedures that can continue to grow and develop as the university transitions beyond Project Magis.


Lesli D. Harris, Chief of Staff, is a nationally recognized lawyer and expert in intellectual property and an active public servant in New Orleans. Prior to joining Loyola, she was a partner at Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C., a law firm in New Orleans.

Lesli was named the national 2018 Sports and Entertainment Lawyer of the Year by the National Bar Association for her work with the New Orleans Saints, New Orleans Pelicans, National Football Association, and the National Basketball Association. She has taught as an adjunct professor of law and speaks frequently about cyber security, copyright, trademark, and entertainment law topics.

Lesli grew up in rural Ohio, graduated from the University of Virginia and Tulane Law School, and has an LL.M in Trade Regulations from New York University.


Honors and Awards

Lesli D. Harris's Achievements

  • Top Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law, New Orleans Magazine, 2018

  • Top Lawyer in Communications Law, New Orleans Magazine, 2018

  • Leader in Law, New Orleans CityBusiness, 2013, 2017

  • 40 Under 40, Gambit's, 2014

  • Martindale-Hubble AV Preeminent

  • Top Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law and Communications Law, New Orleans Magazine

  • Forum for Equality Acclaim Award

  • New Orleans Bar Association's Intellectual Property Committee, Chair

  • Federal Bar Association, Board Member

  • Young Artists Young Aspirations, Vice President

  • New Orleans Film Society, Board Member

  • Industrial Development Board of the City of New Orleans, Board Member

The Friday Five Text Graphic
Thursday, Feb 28th, 2019

In an effort to keep everyone up-to-date on what our university experts are saying and doing, we’ll be sending out the “The Friday…