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Lori Jeanne Costanzo

Litigation Attorney at San Jose, CA

3.7   6 reviews

also known as Lori J. Costanzo, Lori Costanzo

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  • Licensed for 34 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1989
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Lori

Learn Lori’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    My firm specializes in the trial process and understands the ins and outs of the courtroom. We can help you decide whether your case is appropriate for a lawsuit, or if it might be better handled through mediation/arbitration. As trial attorneys we research and analyze each case to identify the appropriate laws. After our preliminary review, we can discuss with you your rights.

    35 years

  2. Wrongful termination
    My firm handles a large number of wrongful termination files including negotiating offers, dismissals, severance packages for executives; harassment/discrimination; and employer defense.

    35 years


I’m the oldest of three and born in Arizona to two Italian parents. I’m a daughter, wife, mother of two and last but not least, an advocate. I value freedom. I’m often described as fearless. I’m good at maintaining friends because I care. I advocate for those who have no voice, which is why I’m an employment lawyer. I work to provide exemplary service in a truly sincere and authentic way.

Since 1989, Lori has been practicing civil litigation throughout Northern California. She is experienced in civil litigation, professional malpractice, employment discrimination, labor and employment, personal injury, wrongful termination, and general business and contract disputes. Lori is licensed to practice law in both state and federal courts in California.

With more than 30 years of experience, Lori has engaged in a broad range of complex civil actions; she has handled jury and bench trials in both state and federal courts, and has served as a fierce advocate for her clients in mediation and arbitration. Her experience extends to the judicial level where she serves as a Judge Pro Tem in Santa Clara County and is currently a Mediator & Early Neutral Evaluator on the Santa Clara County Superior Court Panel. Lori also enjoys developing her private mediation practice.

In addition to running a thriving general civil litigation practice, Lori is involved with the local community. Lori currently sits on the Women Lawyer’s Executive Committee as well as the Labor and Employment Executive Committee for Santa Clara County Bar Association; she was recently appointed by Supervisor Susan Ellenberg to sit on the County Equal Access to Employment Commission and has served as an adjunct professor for Advanced Legal Writing and Essential Lawyering Skills at Santa Clara University, School of Law. She has volunteered at the Senior Adult Legal Assistance (SALA) and sits on the board of Latinas Contra Cancer (LCC) where she is involved in developing their patient advocacy program and is on the Board of Directors for the Pro Bono Project/Silicon Valley.

Prior to founding her own law firm, Lori was an associate attorney at various law firms in the Bay Area, including Morton, Bennett & Lacy in SF and Mitchell, Stock, & Burrow of San Jose. Lori earned her law degree from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Arizona.


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Costanzo Law Firm
111 W. St. John Street, Suite 700
Suite 700
San Jose, CA, 95113


3.7 / 5.0
  6 customer reviews
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Posted by Eric | September 18, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fantastic service and responsiveness; Lynn Toma is amazing
Wow, this is one great law firm. Lynn Toma in particular was amazingly conscientious. She worked long hard hours and still was very responsive to the needs of my case. She was incredibly detail oriented and went above and beyond the call of duty. She provided very balanced advice and got me to a great result.
Posted by Anthony | December 4, 2014
A Case That Needed Some Cogent Reasoning
I have to say that my experience with The Costanzo Law firm has been stellar. From the very beginning the attorneys there were attentive to me needs. They were friendly, asked pertinent questions that helped their investigations, and helped me clearly present my case through the board of commissioners. From the beginning of my hearing my attorney had the opposing team on the ropes and held them accountable for following proper procedure, proper investigatory protocols, and exposed deceptive testimony. I was very impressed with their attention to detail in researching my case. My attorney came to know the issues much better than I did and had excellent recall of the documentation as the needs arose. After the first couple of days of our hearing I felt like I was walking on the clouds because my attorney did such a great job for me. I would recommend The Costanzo Law Firm to anyone needing excellent representation.
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Posted by anonymous | March 19, 2014
Lori Costanzo
I have worked on diverse legal issues from small claims to large, complicated civil matters. Lori is very knowledgeable and resourceful. She's passionate, trustworthy and professional and keeps efficiency and cost as a priority when mapping out a plan to handle legal matters.
Posted by Kim | March 18, 2014
Great attorney!
I would highly recommend Lori Costanzo. Lori took on our discrimination/wage/wrongful termination case after our other attorney passed away. She and her team dove into the boxes and boxes of documents and pushed forward with the defendants and their attorney. Lori understood what was important to us; she and her team were always there to explain what was happening and what options we had. Lori is very passionate about the law and compassionate to her clients. She listens! Lori has the experience, but this is not what makes a great attorney. A great attorney understands why you are there and why you feel wronged. A great attorney puts everything they know into helping you through the process and through feeling wronged so you can feel you received justice.
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Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Never try her firm
Her firm is strongly not recommended if it's your first time to interact with them. They initially asked me to send them the documents about the case to review. After review, then they told me they would be happy to process to the next step to have consultation for evaluation but they asked me to pay $350 to $800 for one hour consultation to discuss how they can work on the case. (The assumption for this step was getting the full consultation about the case and providing some legal advice for the case). So, they did set up a consultation time with someone as attorney and charged me $350 for one hour consultation but when i had the zoom meeting with the related person, she just asked me a few questions and told me let you know for the next steps. They sent me e-mail later in a few hours that they can not take the case because they did not evaluate the case properly and they can not provide me any legal advice. They charged me $350 for nothing. They just tried to take the money and say goodbye.
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Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Zero star was not an option. This is absolutely below C grade law firm. In the beginning they perform well. Then Lori switches to making all decision based on what profit she can make rather than her clients' benefits. They bill for many hours while performing very little! She takes many more cases than her small staff can handle and ends up dropping the ball on multiple critical occasions. In addition, due to the high turnover in her staff, you are always charged to train new hires on the case. I regret not firing Lori a year before the case settled!
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Response from Lori Costanzo June 5, 2023
We are of course saddened that you are dissatisfied with our firm. Without knowing who you are it is a bit difficult to comment. All we can say is, that over the course of my 30 years of practice and the 12 years this firm has been operating, I’ve never received such negative feedback. As you can see by the reviews on this platform, as well as Google our reviews are almost all 5 stars. Please reach out to us, so we can discuss the particulars of your matter and see if there is anything we can do to help.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 500-800 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Early Neutral Evaluator
  • Santa Clara Superior Court
  • 2011 - Present
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Santa Clara Superior Court
  • 2007 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Burrow & Shimane
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Santa Clara University School Of Law, Santa Clara, Ca
  • 2007 - 2013
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Offices of Robert Kahn
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Associate Attorney
  • Mitchell Stock & Burrow
  • 1994 - 1998
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  • Professional Mediation Services
  • Comprehensive Mediation Training
  • 2010
  • McGeorge SOL Univ of the Pacific
  • law
  • N/A
  • Univ of Arizona
  • undergraduate
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Coates v Farmers
  • Settlement following class certification
  • McCormack v. Von Strassor, et al
  • $169,000 for the Plaintiff


  • State Bar of California
  • Civil Litigation Section
  • 1989 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • UOP Law
  • Honor's Moot Court
  • 1998

Speaking Engagements

  • Lean in for Lawyers
  • Title IX
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (7)
Endorse Lori
Wrongful termination Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Lori has the courage and heart to take the cases that aren't easy. She fights for her clients with dedication and savvy. She has a high standard of integrity, and puts her clients first."
Wrongful termination Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Lori is absolutely amazing. She is a stellar employment law attorney."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Mediation Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An outstanding and well respected attorney in the legal community. I would recommend her wholeheartedly to anyone needing legal representation."
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Lori is a competent and compassionate attorney that I have had the pleasure of referring clients to and I have heard nothing but positive feedback about her work."
Business Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Other
"Ms. Constanzo offers accurate and helpful advise to users of Avvo through her numerous well versed answers. She is an asset to the legal community. I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer.Ms. Costanzo gives clear precise advice to AVVO readers, the exact steps and procedures that they must utilize to address their specific business needs. After reading her replies, her answers are very enabling allowing the reader to get up out of their chair, get moving, take action and get down the right path to resolve his or her problems"
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Lori is a fabulous attorney. She is smart, dedicated, efficient and hard working. Lori knows when it's best to mediate and work towards settlement but can step up to bat as needed."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Wrongful termination Attorney | Jul 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Costanzo is a zealous advocate, and her skill and experience serve her clients well. She is a professional in every sense of the word--she obtains the best possible result for her clients without compromising integrity. It is my pleasure to refer clients to her as I know they are in the best of hands. I highly recommend and endorse Ms. Costanzo."
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