Joanne Romero’s practice focuses on employment law, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, family medical leave, wage/hour, and non-compete/non-solicitation actions. She represents employers in employment discrimination cases in state and federal courts, and before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), New York State Division of Human Rights, and New York City Commission on Human Rights. Joanne also handles disability accessibility compliance matters on behalf of property owners, property management companies, and lease holders of public accommodations (such as restaurants, stores, and schools) and residential real estate, including claims under city (NYCHRL), state (NYSHRL) and federal law (Title III of the ADA, Fair Housing Act).

Joanne’s litigation background also includes professional liability (including claims against attorneys, public officials, and financial consultants), copyright and trademark infringement, right of publicity, defamation, and unfair competition claims. In addition, she has appellate experience at the state and federal level

Joanne received her B.A. from Wellesley College in 1994 and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2000.

Joanne's experience includes:

  • Representing Board of Education members and school administrators in various EEOC and federal court matters involving claims of racial discrimination and harassment
  • Representing business owner in pre-suit matter alleging disability discrimination
  • Representing business owner in state court matter involving allegations of gender discrimination and sexual misconduct
  • Representing hotels, restaurants, and real estate management companies in accessibility discrimination cases
  • Representing clients in restrictive covenant disputes in federal court
  • Securities litigation directors and officers (D&O) coverage opinions and monitoring
  • Representing a condominium board of managers and real estate management company facing claims of mismanagement, self-dealing, and breach of fiduciary duty
Professional Affiliations
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
Admitted to Practice
  • New York 
  • United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 
Education   
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2000 
  • Wellesley College, B.A., 1994
Publications
  • Co-Author, “Enforceability of a Personal Jurisdiction/Forum Selection Clause Against an Employee’s New Employer in a Non-Compete Dispute,” American Bar Association Professionals’, Officers’, and Directors’ Liability Newsletter, Summer 2014