Joanna Chen

Joanna J. Chen, State Director, is an attorney in the Litigation Practice Group at Phillips Lytle LLP. Ms. Chen concentrates her practice in the areas of class action and complex commercial disputes, including theft of trade secrets, breaches 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.

Ms. Chen received her Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School with a concentration in business law and regulation. While at Cornell Law School, Ms. Chen served as Senior Articles Editor of the Cornell International Law Journal and Executive Editor of the LII Supreme Court Bulletin. Ms. Chen received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Bachelor of Arts in the Plan II Honors Program from the University of Texas at Austin.

Ms. Chen has been the recipient of a number of awards, including designation as an Upstate New York Super Lawyers ®  Rising Star in class actions and mass torts, as well as an Honoree of the New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel ®  Program for Pro Bono Work.


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