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.