Joanne Figueroa is an associate on TALG’s corporate practice team and is based in the firm’s California office. Joanne’s practice focuses on business litigation in state and federal courts, with an emphasis on matters involving breach of contract, unfair competition, unfair business practices, breach of warranty, partnership disputes, limited liability company disputes, breach of shareholder agreements, failure to pay invoices, employment disputes, American’s with Disabilities Act violations, as well as fraud and concealment. Joanne also handles matters involving intellectual property protection. Joanne’s reputation for business litigation at TALG is so exceptional that she has been listed in Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list.
Before joining TALG, Joanne cultivated a variety of diverse legal skills in insurance defense and litigated complex matters involving wrongful death, motor vehicle accidents, products liability, premises liability, construction defect, and community association liability. She also gathered experience dealing with regulatory issues, and environmental matters.
Joanne earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2015, concentrating 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 participated as in competitions 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 was a recipient of the 2012 USD School of Law Scholarship and 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 the realm of microbiology.
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), which ultimately catapulted Joanne’s interest in transitioning to a career practicing law.