Overview

Jeanine Conley 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, sex and disability 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 currently serves on the Chair of the Board of the New York Urban League and is actively involved in several organizations.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Chair, Board of Directors

New York Urban League

Member, Executive Committee

Network of Bar Leaders

2013-2016

Member, Advisory Board

Former Chair

Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice

Member

National Bar Association

Member

American Bar Association

Member

Alternate Dispute Resolution and Labor and Employment Committees

New York State Bar Association

Member

Enhanced Diversity in the Profession Committee

New York City Bar Association

Member

Metropolitan Black Bar Association

Member

Forum of Executive Women in Philadelphia

Past President

Association of Black Women Attorneys

Alumni, Fellows Board

Former Fellow

Council of Urban Professionals

Recognition

Named, CUP Catalyst in Law

Council of Urban Professionals

2017

Named, Private Practitioner of the Year

Metropolitan Black Bar Association

2016

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

Chambers Women in Law

2015

Named, Top 100 National Black Lawyers

2014

Named, 40 Under Forty

The Network Journal

2013

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

National Bar Association and IMPACT

2012

Named, Top 10 Attorneys to Watch

OBABL

2012

Recipient, Diversity Champion Award

New York City Bar Association

2011

Named, Super Lawyer

New York

Super Lawyers

2013-2016

Named, Rising Star

New York Top Women Lawyers

Super Lawyers

2012

News, Analysis & Press

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

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

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

Education

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

Bar Admission

Pennsylvania
New York

Courts

  • 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