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Joni Marie Thome

Joni Marie Thome

Practice areas:

Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Class Action

About Me

Joni M. Thome has twenty years of experience and is widely known for her trial and appellate work on behalf of employees who have been wrongfully terminated from their jobs due to discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation. A founding partner of Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta, she has obtained millions of dollars for her clients in awards and settlements including many multiple party, collective action, and class action employment lawsuits.

Joni is a certified Employment Law Specialist and has been named a Super Lawyer by her peers regularly since 2003. She has been recognized as one of Minnesota’s Top 50 Women Lawyers every year since 2012 and as one of Minnesota's Top 100 Super Laywers since 2014. Joni was also the recipient of the 2012 Karla Wahl Dedicated Advocacy Award by the Minnesota Chapter of the National Employment Lawyer Association. The award honors one Minnesota attorney each year for his or her “ceaseless and courageous efforts to better the rights of Minnesota employees.”


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1992

  1. Discrimination: 65%
  2. Sexual Harassment: 25%
  3. Class Action: 10%

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Contact Info

Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta, LLP

100 South Fifth Street.
Suite 1200
Minneapolis, MN, 55402



MNAuthorized to practice199206/29/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 Super LawyersMinnesota Lawyer2015
Top 50 Women LawyersMinnesota Lawyer2015
Top 50 Women LawyersMinnesota Lawyer2014
Top 50 Women LawyersMinnesota Lawyer2013
Karla Wahl Dedicated Advocacy AwardMinnesota Chapter of the National Employment Lawyer Association2012
Top 50 Women LawyersMinnesota Lawyer2012
Top 100 Women LawyersMinnesota Lawyer2009
SuperLawyerMinnesota Lawyer2009
SuperLawyerMinnesota Lawyer2008
Top 100 Women LawyersMinnesota Lawyer2008
SuperLawyerMinnesota Lawyer2007
SuperLawyerMinnesota Lawyer2006
SuperLawyerMinnesota Lawyer2005
SuperLawyerMinnesota Lawyer2004
SuperLawyerMinnesota Lawyer2003
Community AdvocateMinnesota Lavender Bar Association2003
SuperLawyerMinnesota Lawyer2002
SuperLawyerMinnesota Lawyer2001
Board Certified Specialist - Labor and Employment LawMinnesota State Bar AssociationN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerBaillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP2011 - Present
FounderMinnesota Lavender Bar Association1996 - 2006


Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Gay and Lesbian Law AssociationChair2002 - 2004
Minnesota State Bar AssociationHuman Rights Committee1994 - 1999
Cancer Legal LineAttorney Referral Program VolunteerN/A
Hennepin County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Minnesota AIDS ProjectVolunteer AttorneyN/A
Minnesota State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Federal Bar AssociationN/AN/A
OutFront MinnesotaAttorney Referral Program VolunteerN/A
National Employment Lawyers Association (Minnesota chapter)N/AN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Ritter v. Auntie Ruth's Furry Friends, Case No. A14-1044, (Minn. Ct. App., 2015)N/A
Lemon v. City of Minneapolis, No. 27-CV-08-11976 (Dist. Ct. Minn. Dec. 1, 2009)N/A
EEOC, et. al. v. Long Prairie Packing (1998)N/A

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Publication NameTitleDate
William Mitchell College of Law, Law Review, Volume 41, Issue 1: LGBTQ IssuesReflection on the 20th Anniversary of the 1995 HCBA Report2015
Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Volume 13, Number 2Reconciling Nondiscrimination with the Affirmation of Cultural Diversity1997


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Hamline University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Upper Midwest Employment Law InstituteDiscovery2010
DocumentaryBullied, A Student. A School. A Case that made History.2010