Joan C. Lenihan is a life-long resident of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and the owner of Joan C. Lenihan, Attorney at Law. She brings an enduring passion for advocacy to her law practice. As a young adult, Joan developed an interest in politics and spent many hours volunteering for national candidates as well as working for reform-minded local politicians. During her tenure as a New York City special education teacher, Joan championed the needs of vulnerable students and their families and fought for the contractual rights of her colleagues as a representative of the teacher’s union.
Joan’s firm reflects these values. Dealing with her students, their parents, and her colleagues required patience as well as tenacity, which underlies all of Joan’s present professional interactions. In her employment law practice, Joan counsels and represents individuals who have been discriminated against at work, sometimes to the point of being fired. Joan firmly believes in taking the time to thoroughly explore all options with these clients so they can make an informed decision about serious and life-changing matters. For her estate planning practice, Joan engages clients in conversations that are uncomfortable but very necessary-who will inherit the client’s property, what provisions have clients made for long term care, and who should make the health and financial decisions for the client if they are no longer able to do so for themselves.
Joan’s commitment and energy extend to her contributions to several bar associations, including the National Employment Lawyers Association, the New York State Bar Association, the City Bar Association, and the Brooklyn Bar Association. She has taken a leadership role in each of these organizations and has participated in Continuing Legal Education panels and seminars that they have sponsored.
Joan’s practice is based in Brooklyn and lower Manhattan, but she sees clients throughout the greater New York area. In addition to serving her own clients, Joan has used her legal expertise to assist individuals affected by COVID-19 through the City Bar Justice Center and the Brooklyn Volunteer Lawyers Project.
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“Independent Contractors v. Employees: Who is Covered and How”-CLE Panelist, Brooklyn Bar Association Employment and Labor Law Committee 5/2/12
“Social Media Trends in the #Workplace: Social Media and Employment Law”-CLE Panelist, Brooklyn Bar Association Employment and Labor Law Committee 4/16/14
“Issues in Sex and Gender Discrimination in Employment”-Speaker, Continuing Vision CE Program Fall 2014
“Nuts and Bolts of an Employee Termination Case”-CLE Panelist, Brooklyn Bar Association Employment and Labor Law Committee 6/16/15
“Sexual Orientation & Gender in the Workplace: The Evolution of the Laws on Sexual Orientation, Pregnancy, Child Care Leave & Gender Identity”-CLE Panelist, Fall Meeting Labor and Employment Law Section of the New York State Bar Association 9/26/15
“The Newly Amended Rules of Civil Procedure: How Will Employment Litigation Be Impacted?”-Webinar Panelist, EEO Committee of the Labor And Employment Law Section, New York State Bar Association 2/11/16
“Labor Law Protections for Low Wage and Domestic Workers: Do They Still Exist?”-CLE Panelist, Brooklyn Bar Association Employment and Labor Law Committee 5/14/18