Ms. Friedman is a partner with The Federal Practice Group, focusing on federal employment and labor law from the pre-litigation phase through all stages of litigation and before administrative bodies such as the EEOC, OIG, OSC and MSPB and courts. She is an experienced senior attorney with over ten years of federal employment law litigation experience representing employees and high level management officials. Joanna’s expertise includes EEO discrimination, reasonable accommodation requests, retaliation for whistleblower disclosures, prohibited personnel practices, misconduct (disciplinary and adverse action) and performance defense, security clearance, wage and hour issues, disability retirement and Inspector General Investigations. She regularly represents intelligence agency employees and managers as well as law enforcement officers in discrimination, whistleblower and disciplinary cases. Joanna has had great success in settling case matters through her aggressive litigation approach. She has represented employees in hundreds of negotiated settlements and has prepared motions that led to findings of liability for discrimination and whole relief as well as reversal of EEOC Administrative Judge’s decisions. Ms. Friedman is an experienced trainer of EEO, ADR/mediation, performance and conduct instruction for participants of federal training programs.
Before joining The Federal Practice Group, Joanna was a partner in another employment law firm where she co-chaired their EEOC Practice Group. Prior to this affiliation she represented federal employees at a Washington, D.C.-based employment law firm. In addition to her significant federal employment litigation experience, she also has substantial courtroom experience representing individuals charged with criminal law offenses while working with a private criminal law defense firm, as well as a private bar attorney for the Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office.
Joanna earned her juris doctorate at St. John's University School of Law in Queens, New York. During her time in law school, she was an active member of the Public Interest Committee, an intern at the Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Division in Queens, as well as a participant in the New York City Courtroom Advocates Program, representing women seeking orders of protection. Additionally, Joanna received a master’s degree in law from American University Washington School of Law in the Program on Law and Government. There, she concentrated her study on advanced constitutional and civil rights law. Joanna also holds a bachelor's of arts degree from American University, where she majored in Law and Society at the School of Public Affairs.