Joseph Guarino > DLA Piper LLP (US) > New Jersey (Short Hills), United States > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper LLP (US)
United States
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Joe Guarino manages a diverse practice with a specific emphasis on litigation and counseling clients on labor and employment, complex commercial, commercial real estate, transactional disputes, corporate compliance, global data privacy infrastructure and implementation, and regulatory matters.

Joe’s clients have a national and worldwide presence. He represents publicly traded companies and has considerable experience with private equity and venture capital firms, broker-dealers, hedge funds, entrepreneurs and emerging growth businesses.

Joe is regularly turned to for high profile matters and as an adviser on virtually all aspects of his client’s businesses.

The breadth of Joe’s experience includes litigating restrictive covenant matters involving noncompetition, non-solicitation and trade secret claims, corporate raiding cases, whistleblower and discrimination matters, commercial real estate disputes, securities class actions, contract litigation, and fraud claims arising out of Ponzi schemes. He also has considerable experience in Fair Labor Standards Act and Independent Contractor Misclassification Class Actions.

Joe also assists companies with managing a global workforce and regularly counsels clients with issues arising out of international workforce restructuring, compliance with US and foreign laws, executive agreements, independent contractor and classification issues, workplace investigations, disability accommodations, hiring and firing, medical leaves, policies and procedures, employee theft and background checks.


J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law; B.A., University of Scranton

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

DLA Piper LLP (US) has an ‘outstanding practice across the board‘, and is known to cover the full range of labor and employment disputes for clients from the financial services, advertising, fashion, and healthcare sectors, among others. Brian Kaplan heads the department and is considered an ‘extraordinary lawyer‘. He was part of a team that successfully defended New York University in multiple lawsuits and charges in excess of $50m against a former adjunct instructor relating to alleged discrimination. Joseph Piesco represents Fox in several disputes, each alleging race discrimination. Piesco and Norman Leon also reached a favorable judgment for Domino’s after employees of numerous franchisees tried to hold the client liable as a ‘joint employer’. Counsel Garrett Kennedy, who is the ‘perfect partner in challenging disputes‘, was also involved in both cases; Daniel Turinsky is noted. Aforementioned lawyers are based in New York. Other highlighted individuals are San Diego’s Mary Dollarhide and Joseph Guarino in New Jersey. In Dallas, Marc Katz and Isabel Crosby, who joined from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in February 2018, are the key contacts. Evan Parness in New York made partner in April 2018. New arrivals to the team include Holly Lake in Los Angeles from Miller Law Group in September 2018 and Ryan Vann in Chicago from Baker McKenzie LLP. In March 2018, the Chicago-based former department head Michael Sheehan left the firm for McDermott Will & Emery LLP, and not long after, in April 2018, a team including Rachel Cowen, Ron Holland and Maria Rodriguez made the same move.