As Advancing Justice-LA's Litigation Director, Laboni Hoq leads the organization's efforts to advocate for civil rights through lawsuits that seek to enforce and expand existing legal protections as well as change institutional practices.
Prior to joining Advancing Justice-LA, Hoq was a civil rights litigator at the law firms Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris Hoffman & Harrison and Traber & Voorhees, where her practice focused on upholding workers' rights in all aspects of their employment and the civil rights of minorities. Hoq has litigated numerous individual employment discrimination cases, several state and nationwide class actions challenging violations of wage and hour and consumer protection laws, and other federal civil rights cases. Prior to practicing civil rights law, Hoq was a litigation associate at the Los Angeles office of the law firm Sidley Austin LLP. Hoq has been listed in the Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine® - Rising Stars edition each year since 2008. In 2012 she was recognized by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association with its Best Under 40 Award.
Hoq graduated from University of California, Berkeley where she received a bachelor’s degree in Political Economy in 1996, Cambridge University where she received a Master of Philosophy in Development Studies in 1998, and Columbia Law School where she received a J.D. in 2001. After law school, Hoq was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to clerk on the South African Constitutional Court and to carry out land rights research at the University of Witwatersrand Law Faculty in Johannesburg, South Africa.