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Joan Elizabeth Herrington

Joan Elizabeth Herrington

Practice areas:

Employment & Labor, Mediation, Civil Rights

About Me

I represent employees who've been wrongfully fired because the loss of income only one part of their damages.  When we introduce ourselves, we say things like, "Hi, I'm Joan.  I'm a lawyer" or "Hi, I'm Joe, I'm a carpenter."  Our jobs are part of our identity, so when an employer fires an employee, the employee's sense of self is also lost.




Practice Areas

Licensed since 1995

  1. Employment & Labor: 90%
  2. Civil Rights: 5%
  3. Mediation: 5%



Contingent (40%), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

9 total 

  • Stephen R Jaffe

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Stephen Jaffe Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Paul J Molinaro

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    Paul Molinaro Defective and Dangerous Products Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact Info

Bay Area Employment Law Office

5032 Woodminster Lane
Oakland, CA, 94602-2614




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
NorCal SuperLawyer 2009SuperLawyers2009
NorCal SuperLawyer 2008SuperLawyers2008
NorCal SuperLawyer 2007SuperLawyers2007
NorCal SuperLawyer 2006SuperLawyers2006

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerBay Are Employment Law Office2013 - Present
Adminstrative Law JudgeOffice of Administrative Hearings2012 - 2012
Administrative Law JudgeFair Employment and Housing Commission2010 - 2012
Managing PartnerBay Area Employment Law Office1996 - 2010


Association NamePosition NameDuration
California Employment Lawyers AssociationMember: Board Nominating Committee2014 - 2014
California Employment Lawyers AssociationWriter for VOICE2013 - Present
California Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2000 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Jadwin v County of KernUnanimous jury verdict on all counts, $500,000+
Cropsey v. Ensign Montgomery, LLC$257.510 for plaintiff; fees pending

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Publication NameTitleDate
American Lung SocietyDisability Discrimination Practice Guide2005
Public Health InstituteYour Right to a Smoke-Free Workplace2004


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate Univ SOLN/AlawN/A

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Annual ConferenceDisability 1012014
California Regional ConferenceWhistleblower Retaliation2008
Disability Discrimination SeminarDeposing the HR Director2007
State Bar RoadshowWorkers with Disabilities and Illnesses2005
Annual ConferenceEnforcing a Smoke-Free Workplace2004
Annual ConferenceSexual Harassment2003