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Overview

As a Managing Director, Joanna works closely with the firm’s General Assignment Associates, helping them grow in their careers.

Joanna draws on an extensive background in business development. After beginning her career in marketing and communications, she chose to attend law school with a plan of becoming a prosecuting attorney. However, she soon discovered that her true interests lay in the business of law and the management and growth of law firms. Joanna has devoted the past decade to business development work for both law firms and firm service providers, including time as a client relationship executive for Bloomberg BNA. Prior to joining Husch Blackwell, she served as U.S. Director of Business Development for Eversheds Sutherland, managing a large team and helping develop and implement global strategies and initiatives.

At Husch Blackwell, she manages the firm’s General Assignment Associates and works closely with Strategic Business Unit and Practice Specialty Center leaders, helping associates early in their careers determine where their skills lie, where to focus their early practices and where they can be best placed in the firm as they advance. Joanna also works with the firm’s Get Started initiative as well as the NextGen Committee, both of which aim to increase young lawyer involvement.

Joanna is truly excited by the sweeping changes in the legal industry in recent years, and she’s passionate about the strategic business advice firms like Husch Blackwell now aim to provide to clients. She uses a strategy-driven approach when working with individual attorneys as well: Joanna especially enjoys the opportunities for one-on-one coaching her role presents as she aims to help associates understand how best to apply their skills.

With a focus on individual growth, Joanna prioritizes communication and collaboration. She endeavors to understand team members as whole people beyond their current job, so that she can best help them develop and reach their full potential. Joanna finds nothing more fulfilling than advocating for and cheering on team members as they grow in their careers, and she is devoted to ensuring that the firm’s associates reach their highest potential and use their full skill sets to the benefit of clients.


Recognition

  • Shortlisted for Legal Services Innovation, American Lawyer Industry Awards

Education

  • Executive Education Program, Vanderbilt University
    • Strategic Communication for Leaders
  • Marketing Analytics and International Marketing Management, Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies
  • J.D., Indiana University Maurer School of Law
  • B.A., Indiana University

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Legal Marketing Association
Outside the Office

With a young son, Grant, Joanna can often be found outdoors exploring nearby parks, playgrounds or soccer fields with him. When she and her husband are at home together, they enjoy binge watching the latest Netflix or HBO documentary. The couple also love checking out new restaurants in the D.C. area or returning to neighborhood favorites in Alexandria—especially places that serve Thai, Chinese or Laotian cuisine.

When she has time away from work, Joanna enjoys traveling. She and her husband venture overseas as often as they can and also take frequent East Coast trips with Grant.

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