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Joni M. Thome has nearly twenty-five 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 Lawyers 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


  1. Employment: 35%
  2. Discrimination: 30%
  3. Sexual Harassment: 25%
  4. 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 practice199208/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Minnesota Super LawyersSuper Lawyers®2016
Top 50 Minnesota Women Super LawyersSuper Lawyers®2016
Top 100 Minnesota Super LawyersSuper Lawyers®2015
Top 50 Minnesota Women Super LawyersSuper Lawyers®2015
Top 50 Minnesota Women Super LawyersSuper Lawyers®2014
Top 50 Minnesota Women Super LawyersSuper Lawyers®2013
Top 50 Minnesota Women Super LawyersSuper Lawyers®2012
Karla Wahl Dedicated Advocacy AwardMinnesota Chapter of the National Employment Lawyer Association2012
Top 100 Minnesota Women Super LawyersSuper Lawyers®2009
Top 100 Minnesota Women Super LawyersSuper Lawyers®2008
100 Minnesota Women Super LawyersSuper Lawyers®2007
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers®2006
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers®2004
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers®2003
Community Service AwardMinnesota Lavender Bar Association1999
Board Certified Specialist - Labor and Employment LawMinnesota State Bar AssociationN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBaillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP2011 - Present
PartnerHalunen & Associates2004 - 2011
Legal DirectorOutFront Minnesota1993 - 1999
AttorneyPrivate Practice1992 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Minnesota Lavender Bar AssociationFounder, Past Chair and Board Member Emeritus1996 - Present
Cancer Legal LineAttorney Referral Program VolunteerN/A
Hennepin County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Minnesota AIDS ProjectVolunteer AttorneyN/A
Minnesota State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionMemberN/A
OutFront MinnesotaAttorney Referral Program VolunteerN/A
National Employment Lawyers Association, Minnesota ChapterMemberN/A
Minnesota Girls Fastpitch Association/Club 612Founding Board MemberN/A
National Gay and Lesbian Law AssociationChair and Board Member2001 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Ritter v. Auntie Ruth's Furry Friends, 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
University of Minnesota, Twin CitiesN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Upper Midwest Employment Law InstituteTop 10 Employment Claims Plaintiffs Lawyers Overlook2016
Attorney InterviewMinneapolis Fire Department: The Kris Lemon Story2013
Upper Midwest Employment Law InstituteDiscovery2010
Multicultural ForumDiversity in the Workplace2010
DocumentaryBullied, A Student. A School. A Case that made History.2010
Minnesota Institute for Legal Education SeminarEthics and Bias2001
Annual ConferenceAmerican Association of Law Libraries2001
Upper Midwest Employment Law InstituteDisability Discrimination, Caregiver Discrimination and FMLA ViolationsN/A