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Joan Elizabeth Herrington

Employment and labor Attorney at Oakland, CA

5.0   1 review
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1995
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Joan

Learn Joan’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    I represent former employees in employment discrimination, workplace harassment, retaliatory discharge, and unemployment insurance benefit cases.

  2. Civil rights
    I represent persons with disabilities, tenants, and consumers in access, fair housing, and civil rights cases.

  3. Mediation
    As a former Administrative Law Judge with the now defunct Fair Employment and Housing Commission, I have valuable insight on the nuances of employment law that helps parties resolve their disputes.

I represent employees who've been wrongfully fired because the loss of income is 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.




Bay Area Employment Law Office
5032 Woodminster Lane
Oakland, CA, 94602-2614

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Posted by Gwen | March 29, 2013
Extremely satisfied former client
When I came to Joan I was uncertain if I could go on. Everything felt overwhelming and hopeless. I was dealing with emotional and physical (neurological/mobility) disability challenges and lack of accommodation in my workplace. I didn't know how to stop what felt like daily struggle - even abuse on my job due to lack of accommodations. But, I sought legal help and when I found Joan, I found hope and a true Counselor/partner in my journey to obtain accommodations. She gave my case exceptional attention and representation. She Is outstanding in her legal scholarship, knowledge and expertise. She is dedicated and in this work for all the right reasons. Joan really cares about her clients and keeps you informed all the way about the processes and timelines.... Highly effective, professional and just overall exceptional. We ultimately received a settlement and the case was successful. I highly recommend her, and can't thank her enough for helping me get through a very difficult time in my health/career.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 40%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Bay Are Employment Law Office
  • 2013 - Present
  • Adminstrative Law Judge
  • Office of Administrative Hearings
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Administrative Law Judge
  • Fair Employment and Housing Commission
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Managing Partner
  • Bay Area Employment Law Office
  • 1996 - 2010
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  • Golden Gate Univ SOL
  • law
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Cropsey v. Ensign Montgomery, LLC
  • $257.510 for plaintiff
  • Jadwin v County of Kern
  • Unanimous jury verdict on all counts, $500,000+


  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Bulletin Editor
  • 2015 - Present
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • NorCal SuperLawyer 2017
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • NorCal SuperLawyer 2009
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2009
  • NorCal SuperLawyer 2008
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2008
  • NorCal SuperLawyer 2007
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2007
  • NorCal SuperLawyer 2006
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2006
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  • American Lung Society
  • Disability Discrimination Practice Guide
  • 2005
  • Public Health Institute
  • Your Right to a Smoke-Free Workplace
  • 2004

Speaking Engagements

  • NELA Annual Conference
  • Incorporating the New FEHA Regulations into a Winning Litigation Strategy
  • 2016
  • CELA Annual Conference
  • Prosecuting and Prevailing in a Failure to Reasonably Accommodate Case
  • 2016
  • California Regional Conference
  • Whistleblower Retaliation
  • 2008
  • Disability Discrimination Seminar
  • Deposing the HR Director
  • 2007
  • State Bar Roadshow
  • Workers with Disabilities and Illnesses
  • 2005
  • Annual Conference
  • Enforcing a Smoke-Free Workplace
  • 2004
  • Annual Conference
  • Sexual Harassment
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (4)
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Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Civil rights Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Joan Herrington without hesitation. She is extremely knowledgeable about employment law and is known among other attorneys for her expertise. She is a dedicated advocate who is committed to her work and her clients. I highly recommend her."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Joan is a terrific advocate and a brilliant attorney. She knows employment law inside and out. She is the "go to" attorney for difficult legal questions. Joan really goes the distance for her clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Joan is a knowledgeable and creative employment attorney."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joan brings tremendous energy and skill to any case she handles. She treats her clients, opposing counsel and witnesses with respect but she is steadfast in her goal to obtain justice for her client. It is a rare lawyer who can balance zealous advocacy with professionalism and Joan is one of those special people."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If I was going to refer a friend or family member to another employment attorney, I would have no hesitation referring them to Joan. She has a wealth of information and a dedication to purpose that is rare and very admirable in this field."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Joan is a walking Rutter Guide. I endorse her wholeheartedly"
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