Joan’s practice focuses primarily on complex product liability litigation and class actions. She has represented clients in both federal and state courts as well as in coordinated proceedings and MDLs. She has also represented companies in breach of contract, trade secret and antitrust disputes. Her experience includes all phases of litigation including initial case evaluations, managing discovery, drafting and arguing dispositive motions, taking depositions, corporate and expert witness development, pretrial motion practice, settlement negotiations and trial.
She is also a member of the Eastern District of California’s 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).
The Bristol-Myers Squibb Decision & California Practice Pointers, PMDLD Attorney Summit, Kansas City, Missouri, October 5, 2017.
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.
Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, CLE Presentation, San Francisco, California, December 16, 2015.