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 a 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.
Washington State Bar Association
King County Bar Association
Alaska Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
Association of Defense Trial Attorneys; 2018 to present
Washington Women Lawyers
Trial Attorneys of America
Legal Network Alliance
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
Board Member of Washington Foundation for the courts 2018-present
FareStart, Board of Directors, 2001-2010
Member of the National Charity League, 2007-present
Washington Initiative for Diversity Board Member, 2017-2019.
Foundation for Washington Courts, Board Member 2017-present
KCWWL annual speed mentoring event, 2018.
In 2019, defended Associated Materials in a product liability and construction defect claim in a five week trial in San Francisco. Plaintiffs alleged that the products themselves were defective as was the installation of them. The Court awarded damages substantially lower than what plaintiffs sought.
Defended Pressure Point Control Tactics Management Systems (“PPCT”) in a three-week jury trial in Alaska superior court on a product liability claim. PPCT developed and designed a program that teaches use-of-force techniques to all divisions of the military, Homeland Security, police forces, prisons and other security companies. The plaintiff alleged that she had sustained injuries while participating in a PPCT program and requested damages of almost $670,000. The jury awarded a unanimous defense verdict after only one hour of deliberations and held that the PPCT program was not defective.
Defended Smith Insurance Agency and its broker in a case claiming insurance broker negligence. The plaintiff alleged that he requested insurance coverage for his company from our clients but that they failed to purchase it. After tendering a claim he thought was covered, our clients informed the plaintiff that he had no such coverage. A claim was filed against our clients for alleged breach of fiduciary duty and special relationship, negligence and misrepresentation and sought $100,000 in damages. After a week-long jury trial, the jury returned a unanimous defense verdict in 30 minutes.
Defense verdict was received in a wrongful death claim involving a trucking accident despite the plaintiff being run over by the driver. The jury found fault in the plaintiff, not the driver.