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Annalise Leonelli

  • Associate


New York, NY



(212) 652-3891



Annalise Leonelli is a first-year associate with Pitta LLP, currently awaiting results from the July 2022 New York Bar Exam.

Annalise earned her Juris Doctor from St. John's School of Law, where she attended on a full tuition Dean's scholarship. While in law school, Annalise earned a Peggy Browning Fellowship and worked as an intern at Pitta LLP, fostering her developing interest in Labor and Employment Law. She also interned for the Directors Guild of America, where she had an opportunity to apply experience from her former career in the film and television industry to trade union practice. Additionally, Annalise served as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development (JCRED). Her student Note, A Business Doing Pleasure: Combatting Sex Trafficking by Decriminalizing Sex Work, which advocates for labor and employment rights in the sex industry, is forthcoming in JCRED's Fall 2022 issue. While in law school Annalise also competed as a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, winning Best Oral Advocate at the Reardon Moot Court Competition and finishing as a quarterfinalist in the New York University Immigration Law Moot Court Competition.

Prior to law school, Annalise spent three years in Singapore earning a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Asia before freelancing in various capacities in the film and television industry in New York and Los Angeles. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Rutgers University summa cum laude.

Areas Of Practice

  • Labor & Employment


  • St. John's University School of Law, Queens, New York
    • J.D. - 2022
    • Honors: Dean’s Scholarship (Full Tuition)
    • Honors: Dean’s Award, Employment Law, Spring 2021
    • Honors: Dean’s Award, Labor and Employment Arbitration Spring 2022
    • Honors: Dean’s List, Spring 2022
    • Honors: Moot Court Honor Society
  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
    • B.A. - 2009
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Honors: Dean’s List (eight of eight semesters)
    • Honors: Douglass Scholar
    • Honors: American Studies Honors
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society
    • Honors: Institute for Women’s Leadership Certificate Scholar
    • Major: American Studies
  • New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, New York
    • M.F.A. (Film Production) - 2015

Past Employment Positions

  • Directors Guild of America, Intern, Spring 2022
  • Pitta LLP, Peggy Browning Fellow, Summer 2021
  • Morris Duffy Alonso & Faley, Intern, Summer 2020