An experienced products liability attorney with particular experience in pharmaceutical defense, Joann practices with the Case Management Facility (CMF), a team that helps clients manage high-stakes, mass tort and multi-jurisdictional litigation. Joann brings a client’s perspective to the CMF due to her defense work for a Fortune 500 company and her work as a liaison attorney to major pharmaceutical clients and an energy and oil company.

Joann has performed pro bono appellate work on behalf of the NC Guardian ad Litem program, which advocates for abused and neglected children. She is also active in diversity and inclusion initiatives with the Firm, and serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
    • Product Liability Section
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
  • Forsyth County Bar Association
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Experience

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  • Represented Merck & Co. in the VIOXX litigation, one of the largest mass torts in US history, with a key focus on managing FDA reporting requirements and other complex case strategy issues in the wide-scale multi-district and state-coordinated proceedings.
  • Represented a global oil and energy company as national litigation management counsel in thousands of individual and class actions, including shareholder actions and government investigations arising out of one of the largest oil spills in history.
  • Worked with Fortune 500 companies to develop a variety of custom legal knowledge management systems, including the integration of early case assessment (ECA) and identification of best practices for preserving clients’ business intelligence across legal portfolios.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 manufacturing company in responding to complex written discovery and answer issues in national product liability litigation.
  • Assisted clients in crafting document retention policies and procedures, including policies governing electronic documents.
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Bar admissions

2000, North Carolina

Admitted to practice before:

  • North Carolina State courts
  • US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • 4th Circuit Court of Appeals

Education

  • J.D., 2000, Campbell University of School of Law
    • Order of Old Kivett
    • First Place Winner, intramural Moot Curt Competition
    • ABA Moot Court Team
    • John Marshall Privacy and Technology Moot Court Team
    • President, Moot Court Board
    • Phi Alpha Delta
    • Honor Court
  • B.A., 1994, Campbell University
    • Epsilon Pi Eta Honor Society
    • Presidential Scholar
    • magna cum laude