Joanne Thomas Blackburn

Joanne Thomas Blackburn

Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP
  • Construction Law, Products Liability, Business Law...
  • Alaska, California, Washington
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A native of Washington, Joanne takes a Northwest approach to practicing law. Joanne welcomes the opportunity to help her clients develop outside-the-box solutions that are designed to avoid protracted litigation. However, if the dispute needs to be settled in Court, she is no stranger to the Courtroom and welcomes the challenge. She became a partner with Garvey, Schubert & Barer in Seattle in 1999 and later moved to Gordon Thomas Honeywell as a partner in 2008.

Her primary areas of practice include defense litigation, products liability, construction, insurance defense and coverage, broker and agency defense, and appellate advocacy. She is past president of the Washington Defense Lawyers, where she also served on the board of directors for eight years. She is also a past Board Member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI).

Joanne received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkley and her JD from the University of Notre Dame. She has been a long-time, active supporter and board member of FareStart, a culinary job training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged individuals. She enjoys climbing, cooking, and fishing for crab with her family.

University of Notre Dame
University of California - Berkeley
Professional Experience
Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP
- Current
Senior Partner
Jackson & Wallace LLP
Garvey, Schubert & Barer
Articles & Publications
2010 Insurance Bad Faith
DRI Publications
FDCC Deposition Manual, First Edition
Speaking Engagements
Duty to Defend in Construction Defect Claims in the Northwest, 2014 West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar
Defenses/Summary Judgment Motions Regarding HOA Claims for CPA Violations, Fraud, and Misrepresentation Claims Under Washington Condominium Act, 2013 Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (WDTL) Annual Construction Law Update
Green Construction & Leed – A Primer for Counsel, 011 Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) Winter Meeting
Declaratory Judgment Actions, 2011 Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (WDTL) Annual Insurance Seminar Law Seminar
Current Issues and Views from the Bench, 2010 Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (WDTL) Annual Insurance Law Seminar
Moderator of Judicial Panel Discussion
Keepin’ it Covered: Practice Pointers for Defending “Mixed” and Complex Civil Claims from the Coverage Perspective, 2010 Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (WDTL) Annual Construction Law Seminar
A Road Map – Stipulated Judgments and Covenants Not to Execute for Insurance Coverage, Construction, Insurance Industry and Reinsurance, Excess and Surplus Lines Sections, 2010 Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) Winter Meeting
AV Preeminent Womens Lawyers
Martindale Hubbell
Super Lawyer
Washington Super Lawyers
From 2004-2019
AVVO Top Contracts/Agreements Lawyer
Washington CEO Magazine
AV Rating
Martindale Hubbell
Professional Associations
Washington State Bar # 21541
American Bar Association
King County Bar Association
Alaska Bar Association
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
- Current
Activities: Chair, Construction Committee, 2007-10; Member, Membership Development and Retention Committee, 2014-present
Defense Research Institute
State Representative for Washington
Activities: Regional Board Member for the Northwest Region from 2008-2011
Washington Defense Lawyers
Member, Board of Directors
Activities: President, 2003
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
9th Circuit
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
Practice Areas
  • Construction Law
  • Products Liability
  • Business Law
  • Insurance Defense
Additional Practice Area
  • Contract Disputes
  • English
Social Media
Websites & Blogs
Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP Website
Contact & Map
Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP
600 University St
Seattle, WA 98101
Toll-Free: (800) 240-5051
Telephone: (206) 676-7500
Cell: (206) 676-7540
Fax: (206) 676-7575