Joan’s practice focuses primarily on complex product liability litigation in both federal and state courts. She has experience in all phases of litigation including initial case evaluations, discovery, dispositive motions, depositions, witness preparation, pre-trial motion practice and trial. She is also a member of the Eastern District of California’s Prisoner Pro Bono Panel in which she has represented clients alleging Eighth Amendment violations under 28 U.S.C. § 1983.
While in law school, Joan externed for The Hon. Susan Illston of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California where she authored bench briefs ranging from jurisdictional matters to issues involving class certification. Joan also received three CALI and Witkin Awards for her academic performance, was a John Knox Scholarship recipient, and served as a Staff Editor on the Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal.