Before joining TALG, Joanne specialized in insurance defense and litigated complex matters involving wrongful death, motor vehicle accidents, products liability, premises liability, and community association liability. She also has experience dealing with complex business litigation involving fraud, regulatory issues, unfair business practices, and environmental matters.
Joanne earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2015 with a Certified Concentration in Intellectual Property law. During her tenure at the USD, she studied Intellectual Property law abroad in Florence, Italy, served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Richard E.L. Strauss at the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego, and competed as a member of USD’s National Mock Trial Team.
Joanne also received a certificate in mediation training from the National Conflict Resolution Center in San Diego and is a recipient of the 2012 USD School of Law Scholarship and 2014-2015 Class of 1975 Scholarship.
Before attending law school, Joanne cultivated an extensive scientific background. In 2006, she graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science with Certified Concentration in Medical Microbiology. She acquired years of experience in the biotech industry as a microbiologist for one of Orange County’s multi-billion dollar veterinary enterprises. In addition to diagnosing challenging clinical cases, she collaborated with medical device corporations to develop new diagnostic programs and instruments.
In 2012, Joanne earned a Master of Science in Forensic Science from Drexel University College of Medicine. She developed a passion for patent law as a result of working on her thesis, “Characteristics of Cardiac Device-Associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections” (Written by Joanne Figueroa and Suresh Joshi M.D., M.sc., Ph.D. April 9, 2012).