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.
Washington State Bar Association
King County Bar Association
Alaska Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Washington Defense Lawyers
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
Washington Women Lawyers
Trial Attorneys of America
We defended a company in a three-week jury trial in Alaska superior court on a product liability claim. The plaintiff alleged that she had sustained injuries while participating in a PPCT program and requested extremely high damages. The jury awarded a unanimous defense verdict after only one hour of deliberations that our client’s product was not defective.
We defended an 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. A claim was filed against our clients for alleged breach of fiduciary duty and special relationship, negligence and misrepresentation and sought damages. After a week-long jury trial, the jury returned a unanimous defense verdict in less than one hour.
We obtained a defense verdict from a jury in another product liability case in Alaska even though the defective product sank to the bottom of the Bering Sea.
Another 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.
FareStart, Board of Directors, 2001-2010
Member and President, National Charity League, 2007