Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s Joan M. Haratani was nominated by the corporate members of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association as one of the “Women Litigators on the Rise” in the March/April 2004 issue of Diversity & the Bar, the official publication of the MCCA.
Haratani has an extensive trial and pre-trial practice ranging from products liability to securities fraud. She has represented a wide range of clients including a dot.com company in issues relating to breach of fiduciary duty, stock valuation and fraud in the sale of securities. She obtained a complete defense verdict after a lengthy trial for a breast implant manufacturer and, for the past several years, has co-chaired a firm team of lawyers in three mass tort defense actions. She is a frequent lecturer and presenter on numerous litigation topics.
She serves as Treasurer to the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF), is Regional Governor to the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), is Secretary to the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and is on the Board of Directors of The Asian Pacific Fund, a preeminent philanthropy organization headquartered in the Bay Area. She is also past President of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, which is one of the country’s largest local minority bar groups, and has received numerous awards for both her practice accomplishments and service on behalf of minority practitioners. She is the AABA’s 2001 award recipient for “exceptional legal advocacy.”
Haratani is a former Advisory Committee Member of the ABA Conference on Minority Law Firm Partners and Majority-Corporate Law Firms and has been recognized as one of the 500 most influential Asian Americans by Avenue Asia Magazine. She is currently Co-Chair of committees in both the ABA Tort and Insurance Practice & Science and Technology Sections. She was listed as one of “California’s Top Rainmakers” in 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2001 (California Law Business).
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