Joanna J. Chen, Phillips Lytle Senior Associate

Joanna J. Chen

Senior Associate
Buffalo
(716) 847-5433
jchen@phillipslytle.com
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Ms. Chen concentrates her practice in the areas of class action and complex commercial disputes, including theft of trade secrets, breach of contract, and business torts. Additionally, Ms. Chen has experience in counseling private and public entities on employment matters and defending federal and state employment lawsuits involving FLSA, Titles II and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, ADA, and the New York Human Rights Law. She has experience in federal and state motion practice, appellate practice, depositions, and e-discovery.

Admitted to Practice

  • New York
  • Ontario, Canada - Foreign Legal Consultant
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

Honors & Awards

  • Named Upstate New York Super Lawyers® Rising Star, 2016-2017
  • Named to Lawyers of Color’s Second Annual Hot List, 2014
  • Honoree of the New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel® Program for Pro Bono Work, 2012

Education

  • Cornell Law School, J.D., 2011
  • University of Texas, B.A., B.B.A, 2008 (Phi Beta Kappa)

Languages

  • Mandarin Chinese
  • French

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
    • Litigation Section
    • Young Lawyers Division
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • Minority Bar Association of Western New York
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Commercial & Federal Law Section
    • Young Lawyers Section
  • Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, WNY Chapter, Local Director

Representative Cases

  • Hoover v. New Holland N. Am., Inc., 23 N.Y.3d 41 (2014)
  • Reed v. Aqueon Products, et al., 72 F. Supp.3d 396 (2014)

Present Activities

  • Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center, Special Advisory Group, Co-Chair
  • Erie County Democratic Committee, Executive Committee, Member

Past Activities

  • Cornell International Law Journal, Senior Articles Editor
  • LII Supreme Court Bulletin, Executive Editor
  • Cornell Law School Moot Court Board
  • Tonawanda Main Street Program, Board Member