Joanne J. Romero, an associate in the firm's Employment and Labor, Management and Professional Liability, and Corporate Services and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups, focuses her practice on representing employers in employment discrimination cases in state and federal courts, as well as 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 handles disability accessibility compliance matters including claims under city (NYCHRL), state (NYSHRL) and federal law (Title III of the ADA, Fair Housing Act). In this context, she represents property owners and managers of public accommodations and housing, as well as Board of Managers of condominiums and cooperatives, interior designers, and website owners. Joanne counsels her clients in the employment and accessibility context on the appropriate preventative, corrective and remedial measures to take.

Joanne also devotes much of her practice to defending professionals, including attorneys, design professionals, insurance agents/brokers, and directors and officers, against errors and omissions claims in civil proceedings brought in state and federal courts. She also represents businesses and management in commercial disputes involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and fraud.

Joanne’s litigation background also includes 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 before going on to earn her juris doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.

Representative Matters
  • Representing an employer in federal court in a civil lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and a hostile work environment
  • Representing housing providers and property managers in administrative proceedings concerning reasonable accommodation requests for emotional support animals
  • Representing an employer and Board of Directors in a pre-suit matter alleging sexual harassment and a hostile work environment
  • Representing a business owner in a pre-suit matter alleging race discrimination
  • Representing business owner in state court matter involving allegations of gender discrimination and sexual misconduct
  • Representing an employer in an administrative proceeding alleging discrimination based on pregnancy and caregiver status
  • Representing a housing provider and property manager in an administrative proceeding alleging discrimination based on disability and familial status
  • Representing restaurants and real estate management companies in accessibility discrimination cases
  • Representing website owners in accessibility discrimination cases
  • Representing clients in restrictive covenant disputes in federal court
  • Representing a condominium board of managers and real estate management company facing claims of mismanagement, self-dealing, and breach of fiduciary duty
  • Representing Board of Education members and school administrators in various Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and federal court matters involving claims of racial discrimination and harassment
Professional Affiliations
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
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.
  • Wellesley College, B.A.
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