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
  • 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


Member, Advisory Board

Former Chair

Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice


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


Metropolitan Black Bar Association


Forum of Executive Women in Philadelphia

Past President

Association of Black Women Attorneys

Alumni, Fellows Board

Former Fellow

Council of Urban Professionals


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

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

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

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 4, 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

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

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

October 27, 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
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