Joseph U. Leonoro


Joe Leonoro focuses his practice in labor and employment law and has significant experience preparing cases for trial. Joe has represented companies in defense of claims involving state and federal employment laws. He works aggressively to tailor a strategy for each client’s litigation needs. Joe also counsels employers, prior to litigation, in order to resolve labor and employment disputes they encounter.

Representative Experience

  • Defended employers in wage-and-hour class actions and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act, West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act, Prevailing Wage Act, and other wage-and-hour statutes in Texas, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee; conducted audits and provided wage-and-hour advice under the FLSA and numerous state laws relating to overtime, minimum wage, and joint-employment relationships, among other issues
  • Represented employers in state and federal court in claims for discrimination and retaliation under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the State Workers Act; Compensation Act, the State Human Rights Act, the State Patient Safety Act, and Harless claims for retaliation
  • Sought injunctive relief and damages for violation of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements
  • Represented national companies, local businesses, non-profits, and government agencies in claims for breach of contract, deliberate intent, intentional infliction of emotional distress, malicious prosecution, false arrest, and invasion of privacy
  • Drafted employee policies and procedures, employment agreements, and independent contractor agreements
  • Represented employers in arbitration proceedings before the American Arbitration Association and other tribunals
  • Counseled employers on all aspects of the employment relationships
  • Represented clients in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • Represented employers before the West Virginia Human Rights Commission in response to claims for age, disability, gender, race, national origin discrimination, and retaliation

Licensed In

  • West Virginia


  • J.D. West Virginia University College of Law
  • B.A. Transylvania University


  • Safety, Health & Human Resources Committee, National Mining Association
  • Scholarship Review Committee, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
  • Generation Charleston, Charleston Area Alliance
  • Member, American Inn of Courts
  • Board Member, Public Defender Corporation for the 13th Judicial Circuit (Kanawha County, WV)
  • Past President, Kanawha County Bar Association
  • Executive Article Selection Editor and Member of Executive Committee, West Virginia Law Review
  • The Order of the Coif, West Virginia University College of Law (2007)


  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law – Management (2021-Present), Litigation – Labor and Employment (2021-Present)
  • CALI Excellence Award for highest grades in employment law, employment discrimination, business organizations, and criminal procedure

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