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.
“Zoom Carefully: Ethical Obligations and Privacy Considerations of Remote Work”-CLE Panel Moderator, New York City Bar Association 7 th Annual Employment Law Institute, March 4, 2021
“The Interplay Between OSHA, the CDC, and Employment Discrimination Laws”-Presenter for the Brooklyn Bar Association Access to Justice Series, December 10, 2020
“An Introduction To Wrongful Termination Claims”-CLE Panelist, New York City Bar Association Bridge-The -Gap: Practical Skills, Ethics, & More, October 13, 2020
“Unemployment Insurance and Covid-19 Updates”-CLE Panel Moderator, New York State Bar Association, August 12, 2020
“New York State Unemployment Insurance System”-CLE Panel Moderator, New York City Bar Association, June 6, 2020
“COVID-19’s Impact on Employment and Tax Issues for the Solo Practitioner and Small Law Firm Owner”-CLE Panelist, New York City Bar Association, April 14, 2020
“Sexual Harassment Reporting Requirements & First Amendment Implications”-CLE Panel Moderator/Panelist, Brooklyn Bar Association, September 24, 2019
“Sexual Harassment and the Workplace: New York State and New York City’s Recent Legislation”-CLE Panelist, New York State Bar Association, December 4, 2018
“Epic Supreme Court Rulings: Blockbuster Cases and Their Impact on Labor and Employment Law”-CLE Panel Moderator, City Bar Association-November 7, 2018