She has experience handling a wide range of employment issues including conducting internal investigations of sexual harassment and assault, pregnancy discrimination, whistleblower claims, and misappropriation of trade secrets. Joanna also counsels employers on employee handbooks, FMLA eligibility, wage and hour compliance and disciplinary issues.
Prior to joining Ford & Harrison, Joanna served as an associate in the labor and employment practice group of a large full-service law firm. After law school, she completed a year long clerkship for the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division where she was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Mary Catherine Cuff, Presiding Judge.
- Recently drafted successful motion to dismiss individual claims against company officer age discrimination lawsuit in the United States District Court, District of New Jersey.
- Recently secured dismissal of individual liability claims against business owner in national origin retaliation lawsuit brought under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.
Recent Speaking Engagements
- "Restrictive Covenants Best Practices: Maximizing Enforceability & Minimizing Risk When Hiring Talent With Post-Employment Restraints," FordHarrison's Fifth Annual Year-End Labor and Employment Law Workshop, Summit, NJ, December 10, 2015
Honors and Awards
- "New Jersey Rising Stars," by Super Lawyers magazine*
*Joanna was selected to the Super Lawyers list issued by Thomson Reuters. The selection methodology is found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.