KENDALL N. ONYENDU is an associate at Outten & Golden LLP in New York, where she represents employees in litigation and negotiation in all areas of employment law, including matters involving whistleblower and individual discrimination claims, compensation (and bonus) disputes, and contractual violations.

Prior to joining Outten & Golden, Ms. Onyendu worked at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs where her practice focused on employment justice, including discrimination and harassment matters.

Ms. Onyendu received her B.A. from the University of Southern California, her M.A. from Columbia University, and her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, where she served as a staff editor of the Texas Journal for Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, a board member of Texas Law Fellowships and a William Wayne Justice Public Service Scholar. Prior to law school, Ms. Onyendu worked in higher education administration.

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Bar Admission and Professional Activity

Ms. Onyendu is admitted to practice law only in California and New York.

  • American Bar Association: Member
  • Equal Justice Works: past Board member
  • American Constitution Society: Next Generation Leader
  • Association of Black Women Attorneys: Member
  • The National Black Lawyers: Member
Video & Podcasts

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Speaking Engagements


  • Panelist: “ADR Through the Eyes of Users – What Works and What Doesn’t,” New York State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section Annual Meeting Understanding and Expanding the Contours of Dispute Resolution


  • Panelist: “Anatomy of an Employment Case Part I,” National Bar Association Labor & Employment Conference


  • Speaker: “COVID-19 Claims for Workers,” NELA 2022 Annual Convention, San Francisco Marriott Marquis


  • Panelist: “Americans with Disabilities Act: Legal Update,” Association of Workplace Investigations, Webinar


Blogs & Publications

See Something, Say Something: Protecting Workers Who Report Affordable Care Act (ACA) Violations

  As patients pour into hospitals and healthcare facilities during the COVID-19 emergency, health insurance coverage becomes more important than ever. The Affordable Care Act prohibits insurers from unlawfully denying coverage to patients, and it also prohibits…

U.S. Supreme Court Finds Enhanced Protection For Older Federal Employees

On Monday, The Supreme Court held that the ADEA allows federal employees to sue over any age bias that is part of an adverse employment action, not just in cases where that bias is the determining factor. Facts Petitioner Noris Babb worked as a pharmacist for the…

Blowing the Whistle on Coronavirus Relief Fraud

When disasters strike – including the current coronavirus outbreak – price gouging, scams, and other fraud unfortunately follow. If the government is the entity being defrauded, however, whistleblowers have the power to expose the wrongdoing and protect the public,…

Taxpayers First Act Increases Rights and Remedies for Tax Fraud Whistleblowers

In July 2019, the Taxpayer First Act (“TFA”) was signed into law. It is intended to redesign the Internal Revenue Service to promote consistent application of federal tax laws and enhance the public’s confidence in the IRS. Modeled after the whistleblower protection…

10 Years After Dodd-Frank, Here’s What We Know

In 2010, Congress responded to years of turmoil in the financial services industry by enacting the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank). This landmark legislation was intended to protect consumers, regulate and police Wall Street, restore economic stability, end “too-big-to-fail” institutions, and prevent another financial crisis.

July 2020 marked the tenth anniversary of Dodd-Frank. Despite several attempts to undercut the law over the past decade, its protections have benefitted countless U.S. consumers, investors, taxpayers, and whistleblowers. Even now, Dodd-Frank has helped the nation avoid an economic collapse in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

See Something, Say Something: Blowing the Whistle on Hospitals That Turn Away Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep the country, many patients infected with COVID-19 will need emergency medical care. Hospitals are seeing not only coronavirus carriers, but other patients seeking treatment for different conditions, ailments, and…

COVID-19 in the Workplace: Employees’ Rights vs. Employer-Mandated Vaccinations

With the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine, employers are anxious to get workers back onsite. At the same time, many employees have concerns over vaccinations at work: Can my employer force me to get a Vaccine? What if I refuse? What if I have a disability or religious belief that would prevent me from doing so? 

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Awards & Recognition
  • 2021-2023: Super Lawyers – Rising Star