Joanne counsels clients in the cannabis industry to attain their business objectives while avoiding legal risks in this rapidly evolving regulatory environment. This includes advocating full-time for clients in, or impacted by, the state-legal cannabis industries and tensions with federal law. Current clients include large publicly traded companies selling products or services into the cannabis industry, companies involved in financing the industry, vaporizer manufacturers, and a company operating dispensaries in several states. Joanne is a member of the Health Care group and works with colleagues in other practices to provide counseling and compliance advice on numerous other laws applicable to these evolving businesses, from laws governing the employment relationship to laws protecting intellectual property rights.
In her prior practice, Joanne also represented clients in complex commercial litigation matters in federal and state courts, as well as in other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Joanne has handled all stages of litigation, from responding to a complaint, offensive and defensive discovery, expert discovery, motions practice, dispositive motions, settlement, and trial. Through her pro bono work, Joanne has successfully secured the rights of multiple asylum seekers and secured a favourable settlement for an incarcerated client alleging civil rights violations in federal court.