Loni Mahanta is Managing Counsel – Employment at Lyft, a transportation network company that uses a mobile-phone application to facilitate peer-to-peer ridesharing. In addition to overseeing all labor and employment issues at Lyft, she plays a leading role in the widely-followed disputes over whether Lyft drivers should be classified as independent contractors or employees. Prior to joining Lyft, Loni was an attorney at Folger Levin LLP and Crowell & Moring LLP, where she specialized in employment litigation. She obtained her B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from Hastings College of the Law.