Joseph U. Leonoro
(304) 353-8162
Office: Charleston
J.D. West Virginia University
B.A. Transylvania University
Licensure: WV
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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. 

Work Experience

2007 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Key Experience

Represented employers before the West Virginia Human Rights Commission in response to claims for age, disability, gender, race, national origin discrimination and retaliation
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 West Virginia Workers' Compensation Act, the West Virginia Human Rights Act, the West Virginia Patient Safety Act, and Harless claims for retaliation
Sought injunctive relief and damages for violation of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements

Memberships & Awards

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)
CALI Excellence Award for highest grades in employment law, employment discrimination, business organizations, and criminal procedure
Graduated magna cum laude, Transylvania University (2004)