Law Firm
Antonino & DiMare

Amherst, Massachusetts


Joan A. Antonino

Joan Antonino is a seasoned business attorney and civil litigator. She serves as experienced legal counsel to businesses, corporations, educational institutions, organizations and associations, and non-profit organizations on a local, national and international basis. Her areas of practice include labor & employment law, business law, contracts, civil rights litigation, malpractice, personal injury, and education law. As an attorney admitted to practice law in 1985, Joan has successfully litigated hundreds of labor, civil rights, malpractice, personal injury, environmental law and complex tort cases throughout New England. She has also served as advisor to municipalities and police departments on labor, constitutional, and police civil liability issues. She has very extensive experience in valuing and bringing to final resolution, civil rights, labor, bodily injury, premises liability, business disputes and death claims. 

Joan has been admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts of Massachusetts, as well as the federal court of Vermont, pro hac vice in the federal courts of Maine and New Hampshire, and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals of Washington, D.C.. 

Joan is reported in leading decisions governing the rights of victims of sexual abuse and rape (In the Matter of Subpoena Duces Tecum, 445 Mass. 685, 840 N.E.2d 470 (2006), Lawyers Weekly No. 10-002-06, SJC-09324, Jan. 5, 2006), police misconduct litigation (Santiago v. Fenton, 891 F2d 373 (1st Cir. 1989), as well as other reported cases involving state impoundment laws, the award of attorneys' fees and costs in federal civil rights cases, First Amendment protections and the broadening protections of the Massachusetts Civil Rights Act. 

Joan grew up in the City of Boston and attended Girls’ Latin School; she is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst (cum laude) and Western New England College School of Law.  

Joan has been involved in a broad array of leadership positions and community projects focusing on diversity and advancement in education.  

Joan is also the Executive Director at New England Civil Rights Training & Mediation, which provides education, training, mediation and consulting services.


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