Joan’s practice focuses primarily on complex product liability litigation and class actions in both federal and state courts. She has experience in all phases of litigation including initial case evaluations, discovery, dispositive motions, depositions, witness preparation, pretrial 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.


Protecting Your Company's Brand: How to Minimize the Risk of a Consumer Class Action Lawsuit and Maximize the Chances of Winning if One is Filed, Association of Corporate Counsel, San Francisco and Palo Alto, California, December 4, 2017 (with Amir Nassihi, Tammy Webb, Andrew Chang and Matthew Wolfe).

Key Decisions: Preemption, Innovator Liability & Personal Jurisdiction, ABA Life Sciences Legal Summit, South San Francisco, California, September 14, 2017. 

Give Me Your Money or Your Data! Minimizing the Legal and Operational Risks of Ransomware, Association of Corporate Counsel, Burlingame, California, June 8, 2017.