ABOUT BONNAIG & ASSOCIATES
First, the firm helps employees develop an awareness of their rights in the workplace, and assert them. Our firm is dedicated to the tenacious pursuit of the civil rights of workers who have been wronged by a violation of federal, state, and city employment laws. Our clients range from those who work for “mom and pop” operations, to those who are executives at Fortune 500 companies. Each and every one of our clients receives an equal helping of Denise K. Bonnaig’s trademark drive, expertise, and passion in vindicating their rights.
Here’s what clients have said about her over the years:
Denise K. Bonnaig
Ms. Bonnaig, who has over twenty-five years of litigation experience, as well as extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution, is admitted to the New York and Connecticut bars, the U. S. District Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Ms. Bonnaig received her Masters of Comparative Jurisprudence (MCJ) from New York University School of Law. Prior to that, she was educated in Le Mans and in Paris, France, where she earned the degree "Maitrise Droit Privé" (Master of Laws) from Maine University Law School, and a "DEA Droit Privé" from the University of Paris II.
For approximately seven years, Ms. Bonnaig was a Senior Litigation Associate at Stevens Hinds & White. She founded the law firm of Bonnaig & Thomas in 1994, and continued her practice by founding the Law Offices of Denise K. Bonnaig, (now Bonnaig & Associates) in 1998.
Vindicating your rights is HER business. Ms. Bonnaig will resolve your problems with her trademark drive, not to mention the expertise, tenacity and passion she brings to her craft.
Over the years, her clients have expressed their praise and gratitude for Ms. Bonnaig and her firm, as follows:
-"Winning decidedly against a very powerful corporate law firm most lawyers could not have the courage to challenge...and for her concern for truth and human dignity..."
-"She is passionate, and relentless in her devotion to her clients.. What an elegant, brilliant, attorney in court!"
-"Ms. Bonnaig is the last line in the sand in preservation of a civil work culture and anyone who feels wronged by an employer would be wise to seek her counsel."
-"Ms. Bonnaig understood my issues, being a woman of color herself. This factor, combined with her being a professional, enabled her to represent me well, and gave me a lot of confidence in her. She got my former employer to bend in ways that they otherwise would not have!"
-"Denise Bonnaig has saved my job two times. She was the first and only lawyer I consulted with about my job situation. After I consulted her, I did not feel I needed to go to anyone else, because I felt comfortable with her, and trusted her skills."
-"She values all of her clients as if they are kings."
-"I regard the firm as having the highest level of competence and knowledge of the types of law they are dealing with. I would certainly recommend them very highly to anyone seeking counsel on issues of employment law, civil rights, immigration issues, or sexual harassment."
-"My case was a very difficult one because my family had fall out of status for over a year. However, Denise K. Bonnaig and their team accepted the case and obtain a satisfactory result from the INS in a matter of weeks. I believe Ms. Bonnaig can be successful even in cases where other immigration lawyers would either not take the case or fail to achieve results."
-"If you choose to have Bonnaig & Associates represent you, then welcome to a family of satisfied former clients of which I am a part. I even thought of leaving America when I was wronged by my former employer, but Denise counseled and encouraged me to stand up for my rights and assured me Bonnaig & Associates would take care of all my legal affairs."
When she's not busy with her bustling law practice, Ms. Bonnaig indulges her passion for yoga, and is an Associate Baptiste Yoga teacher in training with Baron Baptiste, the renowned international best-selling author and yoga master. She teaches power yoga at the Princeton Fitness and Wellness Center, an Affiliate of the University Medical Center of Princeton, New Jersey, as well as private yoga classes. She and her husband are also kept busy by their three sons.
Ms. Joishy received her BA from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts (where she completed a special studies thesis in Yakshagana dance titled "The Theater of the Gods Viewed Through the eyes of a Mortal"), and her J.D. from New York Law, in New York City. Apart from the United States, she has lived in Malaysia, India, Saudi Arabia and England.
Prior to joining law school, Ms. Joishy was an investigator for the Public Defender Service in Washington D. C., and a White House intern towards the end of President Clinton's first term. She was also a programmer for Andersen Consulting before it had the good sense to break off from Arthur Andersen, and rename itself "Accenture." It was at Andersen that she learned about management's priceless tactics.
She brings to her work a keen interest in civil rights; in law school she was involved in the Human Rights Clinic and took as many courses as possible that fed her passion for protecting the rights of individuals in the workplace. She presented a paper at a National Lawyers Guild conference in Boston addressing the disparate impact of "blind" advertisements on minorities.
When she's not busy inside the law firm, she stays active outside the law firm. Ms. Joishy is a member of New York County Lawyers' Association (NYCLA), the National Employment Lawyers' Association (NELA), and the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership. She also loves the performing arts (aside from, and in addition to litigation).