Jeanine Conley Daves has represented many of the nation’s leading companies in employment-related disputes and workplace investigations. She has successfully tried cases in both state and federal court and has significant experience litigating race, age, gender, religion and disability discrimination lawsuits, wage and hour class and collective actions and whistleblower and retaliation claims. Jeanine advises and counsels clients in all industries, particularly the manufacturing, retail, financial services and media and entertainment industries and has represented clients before numerous government agencies. She navigates clients through all areas of employment law, from hiring to termination, and regularly counsels clients on issues related to:

  • Whistleblower and retaliation laws
  • Sexual harassment in the workplace/internal investigations 
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • Compliance with federal and state wage and hour laws
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • Leave policies
  • Reductions in force

Through her experience as a trial lawyer, Jeanine is able to strategize with her clients to resolve employment disputes through the most cost-effective and efficient means for the client by obtaining favorable settlements, dismissal of actions through summary judgment or full defense verdicts at trial. Jeanine also provides extensive pre-litigation advice and counsel to clients and regularly conducts trainings on all facets of employment law and assists clients with revising employee handbooks, policies, and procedures and drafts employment agreements and restrictive covenants.  

Jeanine served as a clerk to the Hon. William G. Bassler in the District Court of the District of New Jersey and has been recognized frequently for her civic and community engagement. She is a Past Chair of the Board of the New York Urban League and is actively involved in several organizations.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member, Board of Directors

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Immediate Past Chair, Board of Directors

New York Urban League

Past President, Lifetime Member

Association of Black Women Attorneys

Alumni, Fellows Board

Former Fellow

Council of Urban Professionals


National Bar Association


American Bar Association


Alternate Dispute Resolution and Labor and Employment Committees

New York State Bar Association


Enhanced Diversity in the Profession Committee

New York City Bar Association



Trade Secrets Committee

New York City Bar Association

Past Chair

Committee on Minorities in the Profession

New York City Bar Association


Metropolitan Black Bar Association


Forum of Executive Women in Philadelphia

Member, Board of Directors

New York International Children’s Film Festival

Member, Advisory Board

Former Chair

Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice


Advisory Board

Legal Momentum


Member, Executive Committee

Network of Bar Leaders



Named, The Best Lawyers in America®


Named, CUP Catalyst in Law

Council of Urban Professionals


Named, Private Practitioner of the Year

Metropolitan Black Bar Association


Recipient, Outstanding Contribution to Furthering the Advancement of Minority Lawyers Award

Chambers Women in Law


Named, Top 100 National Black Lawyers


Named, 40 Under Forty

The Network Journal


Named, Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40

National Bar Association and IMPACT


Named, Top 10 Attorneys to Watch



Recipient, Diversity Champion Award

New York City Bar Association


Named, Super Lawyer

New York

Super Lawyers


Named, Rising Star

New York Top Women Lawyers

Super Lawyers


News, Analysis & Press

The Littler Annual Employer Survey 2024

Littler Report

May 8, 2024

Report: Mixed Results for Company Diversity Initiatives

Directors & Boards

February 21, 2024

Employers Embracing DEI Despite Seeing Risk, Survey Says

Law360 Employment Authority

January 10, 2024

Political backlash, lawsuits fail to deter US firms from diversity goals

International Employment Lawyer

January 10, 2024

Many Companies Doubling Down on DEI Despite Backlash

Corporate Counsel

January 10, 2024

Viewpoint: Bold corporate leadership needed to eliminate Equal Pay Day

Philadelphia Business Journal

March 24, 2022

Avoiding Whistleblower Claims In The COVID-19 Era

Chief Executive

March 23, 2021

Ten Tips for How to Spot a Whistleblower and Prevent Retaliation

Corporate Counsel Newsletter

February 14, 2018

Meet the Women Rainmakers: Interview by Mavis Gragg

Law Practice Today, ABA Law Practice Division

August 2013

2013: What’s New in U.S. Employment Law

New York State Bar Association Corporate Counsel Newsletter, Vol. 31, No. 1

Spring/Summer 2013

Speaking Engagements

Manufacturing Roundtable

Charlotte, NC

June 22, 2023

2023 Tri-State Regional Employer Conference

New York, NY

June 20, 2023

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workforce

CNBC Workforce Executive Council

June 8, 2023

Trade Secrets Overview: Identification

New York City Bar Association

December 12, 2022

COVID 19: Navigating Employment Law Issues in the New Normal

Elevating Black Excellence CLE

May 12, 2022

Conducting Lawful Investigations in the Evolving Workplace

Littler Executive Employer Conference

May 4, 2022

It’s Not Just About COVID! Major New Changes in NY State and City Employment Law

February 16, 2022

Corporate and Regulatory Compliance Boot Camp 2021 - Internal Investigations 101

Financial Poise Webinar

November 11, 2021

Understand the Legal Issues Regarding Pay Equity and How They Affect You

Client Webinar

May 20, 2021

Evolving Service Delivery to Meet the Transforming Legal Landscape

2021 Executive Employer Conference

May 14, 2021

The EEOC: What to Expect from the New Administration

2021 Executive Employer Conference

May 12, 2021

COVID-19 and Return to Work Update

Elevating Black Excellence Regional Summit Series: A Showcase for Black Partners

May 10, 2021

FMLA Leave for Workers With Chronic Illness: Verifying Medical Treatment, Avoiding Abuse

Strafford Webinar

July 21, 2020

COVID-19 FAQs with Littler

April 22, 2020

COVID-19: Navigating the Workplace Impact

MBBALearns Webinar

April 9, 2020

COVID-19 FAQs with Littler

Greenville SHRM Webinar

April 9, 2020

Can I Terminate: Considerations and Implications for Employers

Philadelphia, PA

June 25, 2019

2019 Philadelphia Regional Employer Conference

Philadelphia, PA

April 2, 2019

Crisis Management for In-house Counsel

New York State Bar Association: Corporate Counsel Section panelist

November 14, 2018

Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era

National Bar Association: Labor and Employment Section moderator

October 26, 2018

Investigations in the Wake of #MeToo

NYC SHRM: Legislative and Legal Conference speaker

October 18, 2018

Five Ways to Protect Your Company and Other Considerations in the #MeToo Era

Corporate Counsel Women of Color panelist

October 10, 2018

Step into the Littler Lab: Conducting Lawful Investigations in the Wake of #MeToo

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 4, 2018

Restrictive Covenants and Proprietary Information: Avoiding Pitfalls, Recent Legal Developments and Consideration of Arbitration as a Lower-Cost Alternative

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 3, 2018

Understanding Employment Law: Sexual Harassment and the #MeToo Movement

PLI faculty speaker

April 12, 2018

Diversity in the Legal Profession

Lawline faculty speaker

March 22, 2018

Employment Law Update: From Harvey Weinstein to John Smith: Harassment in the Workplace and How to Respond When Claims are Made

Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Labor and Employment panelist

March 12, 2018

Navigating the Mixed-Motive Causation Standard in Title VII, ADA and FMLA Claims

Strafford Webinar

February 8, 2018

Panelist, Attacking and Defending Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Agreements

National Bar Association Labor & Employment Section Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA

October 27, 2017

Oiling the Squeakiest Wheel: How to Handle a Whistleblower and Prevent Retaliation

October 25, 2017

Gender Bias in the Law

Thomson Reuters Webinar

September 6, 2017

Conducting Efficient, Effective, and Lawful Workplace Investigations

The 2017 Executive Employer® Conference, Phoenix, AZ

May 12, 2017

What Turns an Employee into a Whistleblower and Are Whistleblowers Good for an Organization?

The 2017 Executive Employer® Conference

May 11, 2017

Psychological Issues in the Legal Profession

PLI faculty speaker

May 10, 2017

Employment Law Update: Internal Investigations and Whistleblower Retaliation

Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section panelist

March 1, 2017

Financial Services and Corporate Compliance

New York, NY

November 30, 2016

Posting and Tweeting Ethically - What Attorneys Need to Know

National Bar Association Conference

July 20, 2016

How to Handle an Employment Discrimination Case

New York County Lawyers Association, panelist

May 16, 2016

Employment Law Update

Metropolitan Black Bar Association, panelist

November 5, 2015

Employment Laws: Intersection with Diversity and Affirmative Action

Financial Services Diversity Roundtable, speaker

October 20, 2015

Ethics for Commercial Litigators

Practicing Law Institute, faculty

April 30, 2014, June 26, 2013, and June 26, 2012

Ethics for Corporate Lawyers, Multijurisdictional Practice and Other Current Issues

Practicing Law Institute, faculty

March 6, 2014

Corporate Whistleblowing: How to Effectively Encourage Internal Reporting of Fraud and Abuse

West Legal Ed Center webinar, co-presenter

December 12, 2013


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2002
  • B.S., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1998

Bar Admission

New York


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania