S. Jeanine Conley

Partner

New York
T 212.589.4635  |  F 212.589.4201

“We had three lines - political, legal, and financial - that had to intersect to preserve my thriving business. With Jeanine's terrific legal work being critical, [they came together] at the right time.”

— Brendan Quinn, Ernest Maier, Inc.

Jeanine Conley, an experienced trial lawyer and member of the firm's employment group, has represented Fortune 500 and many of the nation's leading companies in employment-related disputes and internal investigations. Jeanine regularly counsels clients and conducts internal investigations on a wide-range of employment, compliance and regulatory issues, including, for instance, whistleblower, retaliation, discrimination and wrongful termination claims, and federal and state wage and hour matters as well as off-label marketing, accounting fraud, insider trading, and kickback violations. Jeanine's clients have called on her to defend them before numerous government agencies, counsel them on all aspects of employment law from hiring to termination, and efficiently and effectively resolve disputes by obtaining favorable settlements, summary judgment, or achieving victory at trial. 

Jeanine has been acknowledged for her achievements on numerous occasions and is the recipient of The Network Journal's "40 Under Forty" Award for 2013 and was named one of the "Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40" by the National Bar Association and IMPACT in 2012. She was also named one of the "Top 10 to Watch" by On Being A Black Lawyer (OBABL) in 2012 and received the Diversity Champion Award from the New York City Bar in 2011. Jeanine is the Hiring Partner for summer and fall recruitment for the firm's New York office and co-chair of its Community Outreach and Diversity and Inclusion Committee. 

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  • Jeanine won a full defense verdict for a client in the hospitality industry in a race discrimination and hostile work environment action. Although Jeanine was retained weeks before trial, she was able to mount a strong defense, which convinced the jury that her client was not liable for the emotionally charged conduct that plaintiff claimed occurred.
  • In an age and gender discrimination matter against a Fortune 500 client in the healthcare industry, Jeanine obtained summary judgment. A federal court judge in Connecticut held that in light of the evidence before it, a reasonable jury could not conclude that plaintiff's rights under the ADEA were violated and that plaintiff’s conclusory allegations without more evidence were insufficient to meet the mixed-motive burden to prove gender discrimination. 
  • Jeanine obtained a favorable settlement in a prevailing wage action for her client, a small business owner who subcontracted work with hospitals in New York City. Jeanine relentlessly maintained that her client should not be held primarily responsible for the damages plaintiffs claimed they endured and her persistence proved invaluable to the client. 
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Experience

  • Jeanine won a full defense verdict for a client in the hospitality industry in a race discrimination and hostile work environment action. Although Jeanine was retained weeks before trial, she was able to mount a strong defense, which convinced the jury that her client was not liable for the emotionally charged conduct that plaintiff claimed occurred.
  • In an age and gender discrimination matter against a Fortune 500 client in the healthcare industry, Jeanine obtained summary judgment. A federal court judge in Connecticut held that in light of the evidence before it, a reasonable jury could not conclude that plaintiff's rights under the ADEA were violated and that plaintiff’s conclusory allegations without more evidence were insufficient to meet the mixed-motive burden to prove gender discrimination. 
  • Jeanine obtained a favorable settlement in a prevailing wage action for her client, a small business owner who subcontracted work with hospitals in New York City. Jeanine relentlessly maintained that her client should not be held primarily responsible for the damages plaintiffs claimed they endured and her persistence proved invaluable to the client. 
  • After an employee reported to the owner of a large beverage wholesaler that the employee's superior had engaged in financial misconduct, Jeanine worked with other BakerHostetler attorneys and a team of forensic accountants to immediately conduct an internal investigation to determine the extent of the theft and need for further employment action. By developing a thorough strategy from the onset and executing it efficiently and promptly, yet with caution given the highly sensitive nature of the matter, the team successfully prevented further loss for the company, uncovered the source of millions of dollars of theft from the company, permanently terminated employees involved, helped restore the confidence of the remaining employees in the management of the company, and protected the company's reputation and customer relationships.
  • Jeanine represented a number of employees of a major pharmaceutical company in a qui tam investigation and related litigation. Jeanine obtained a favorable result for the employees who the government decided not to pursue further for alleged off-label marketing and anti-kickback violations.
  • Jeanine secured a victory after a bench trial in New York State Supreme Court for a Fortune 500 company sued for breaches of representations and warranties contained in the purchase and sale agreement following the acquisition of one of its manufacturing facilities. After the trial, the judge rendered an opinion holding that the claims were meritless in all regards. 
  • Jeanine is a member of the BakerHostetler team that serves as counsel to the SIPA Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, working on the global investigation of the Ponzi scheme–the largest financial fraud in history–and related litigation matters seeking recoveries for the Customer Fund.

Recognitions

  • The Network Journal "40 Under Forty" (2013)
  • National Bar Association and IMPACT's "Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40" (2012)
  • OBABL "Top 10 Attorney to Watch" (2012)
  • New York City Bar Association "Diversity Champion" Award (2011)
  • New York "Super Lawyer" (2013, 2014)
    • New York Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" Top Women Lawyers (2012)

Memberships

  • National Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association: Alternate Dispute Resolution and Labor and Employment Committees
  • New York City Bar Association: Committee on Minorities in the Profession, Chair
  • Former Delegate to the New York State Bar's House of Delegates
  • Association of Black Women Attorneys: Past President
  • Council of Urban Professionals: Alumni Fellows Board
    • Former Fellow

Community

  • Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice: Advisory Board
    • Former Chair
  • Legal Momentum: Board of Legal Advisors
  • New York Urban League: Board Member

Services

Prior Positions

  • The Honorable William G. Bassler , the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey: Clerk
  • Arnold & Porter LLP

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2010
  • New York, 2003

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2002
  • B.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998

Blog

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