JoAnna Tonini represents and advises employers in a variety of complex labor and employment matters, including wage and hour litigation, employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims. Her litigation experience includes claims arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and other federal, state, and local employment laws.
In addition, JoAnna advises clients regarding compliance with employment laws and employment-related diligence on transactions, including counseling on noncompete and nonsolicitation agreements, confidentiality agreements, independent contractor agreements, employee handbooks, and employee leave policies.
JoAnna maintains an active pro bono practice by advising nonprofit organizations on employment practices and representing clients in family law, divorce, and immigration matters.
Prior to law school, JoAnna worked as a wage and hour investigator at the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, where she handled a wide range of cases involving the federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor provisions of the FLSA. She also has broad enforcement experience in the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA), and the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA).
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- University of California, Berkeley (J.D. 2018; Co-Editor-in-Chief, Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law); University of Pennsylvania (B.A. in Economics and International Relations magna cum laude 2010)
- New York, District of Columbia, and U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York
- Served with the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division in the following positions: Investigator (2010-2013, 2014-2015) and Wage Survey Analyst (2013-2014)
- Extern to Judge Miranda M. Du, U.S. District Court, District of Nevada (Summer 2016)