Lori J. Costanzo

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in San Jose, CA

Costanzo Law Firm
 | 111 W. St John Street, Suite 700
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: 408-673-4689
Fax: 408-993-8496
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (30%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Civil Rights (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Lori J. Costanzo is the founder of the Costanzo Law Firm in San Jose, California. A top-rated trial advocate with more than 25 years of legal experience, Ms. Costanzo established her practice in 2011. Since that time, she has become one of the area's leading lawyers for those who have legal needs involving any of the following:

  • Employment litigation, including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, executive compensation, wage and hour disputes, and other serious workplace grievances
  • Small-business consulting to help mitigate risk exposure and possible litigation
  • Fair housing discrimination
  • Civil rights abuses, elder abuse, sexual abuse and professional malpractice

A former insurance defense attorney, Ms. Costanzo has a unique insight into how to devise the most effective strategies possible to help her clients obtain the compensation they need and the justice they deserve. In her current practice, she represents employees in a variety of industries with all of their work-related issues, and she provides invaluable counsel and support to employers to ensure they comply with all applicable laws and regulations regarding employment policies and procedures.

In all cases, Ms. Costanzo strives to help her clients avoid costly litigation by mediating contentious situations and providing the solid, trustworthy advice they need to reduce the likelihood of experiencing any potential problems in the future. However, she will not hesitate to take her clients' matters to court if necessary to help increase their chances of obtaining the favorable outcomes they seek, no matter how complex or challenging their situations are.

Recognized for her success and her impeccable professionalism, Ms. Costanzo has earned numerous awards and honors from her peers, including designation as a Top 100 Lawyer from The National Advocates. She has also received many five-star client reviews on Avvo, as well as numerous positive testimonials from those she has served.

A 1983 graduate of The University of Arizona, Ms. Costanzo obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, graduating in the top third of her class. While in law school, she was an active participant in the Moot Court competitions and served with the school's law library, the small claims advisor's clinic and the landlord tenant clinic.

Active in her legal community, Ms. Costanzo is a member of the Women Lawyer’s Executive Committee of the Santa Clara County Bar Association. She has also served on the organization's Board of Trustees, as well as co-chair for the Lean-In Conference and the Women's Lawyer Section. Additionally, she is a member of the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association, the California Employment Lawyer’s Association, the Consumer Attorneys of California and the National Employment Lawyers Association, among her other professional affiliations.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment & Labor (30%): Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment

Professional Liability (20%): Professional Malpractice - Other

Business Litigation (20%): Non-Compete Agreements

Personal Injury - General (10%): Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff

Employment Litigation (10%): Wrongful Termination

Civil Rights (10%): Discrimination

Focus Areas

Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Professional Malpractice - Other, Non-Compete Agreements, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Wrongful Termination, Discrimination


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Super Lawyers: 2019

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About Lori Costanzo

Admitted: 1989, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.costanzo-law.com/our-firm


  • Nominated for Consumer Attorney of the Year for Coates v Farmers, CAOC, 2017

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Co-Chair, Annual Lean-In Conference
  • Member, Labor and Employment Executive Committee
  • Member, Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Co-Chair, WLS
  • Member, National Employment Lawyer’s Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, California Employment Lawyer’s Association
  • Member, Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association:  Executive Committee for the Bar, Board of Trustees Member, Women Lawyers Exec Committee Member, Labor and Employment Executive Committee Member, Early Settlement Conference Neutral, Judge Pro Tem, and CA Women Lawyers Member, 2017
  • SCCBA Executive Committee
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Board of Trustees
  • Member, ADR Executive Committee

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Silicon Valley Village, Board Member, 2012


  • $5million settlement, Coates v Farmers, 2016

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Co-Counsel on Coates v Farmers Class Action which achieved a settlement for class of 300 women lawyers against Farmers for unequal pay, 2016
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Office Location for Lori J. Costanzo

111 W. St John Street
Suite 700
San Jose, CA 95113

Phone: 408-673-4689

Fax: 408-993-8496

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Last Updated: 5/13/2019

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