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Joann has been the firm’s Managing Partner since 2013.  Joann regularly appears in State and Federal courts throughout New York and New Jersey, representing creditors, defendants and bankruptcy trustees in chapter 11 cases, cross-border proceedings and all types of bankruptcy litigation, including fraud-based actions, claim disputes and non-dischargeability actions and has acted as a discovery master in bankruptcy court.  She represents lenders in the automotive, trucking and equipment industries in complex commercial litigation and counsels clients in commercial loan transactions and all phases of workout and debt restructuring matters.  Joann completed the American Bankruptcy Institute's Mediation Training Program in December, 2011 and is a member of the United States District Court NDNY and the United States Bankruptcy Court NDNY mediation panels.


Joann is the current Capital District Vice President of the Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association and past president of the Capital District Women’s Bar Association.  Joann is the current president of The Legal Project's Board of Directors and serves as Chair of the Development Committee.  She was nominated by the Board of Judges for the NDNY Bankruptcy Court and served on the Standing Local Rules Committee from 2012-2015.  In December 2010 and again in 2014, she was appointed by the Chief Judge of the District Court for the Northern District of New York to serve four-year terms on the Panel of Attorneys Responsible for the Investigation and Prosecution of Attorney Disciplinary Complaints.


Joann received the Capital District Women's Bar Association's 2007 Pro Bono Award and the Legal Project's 2005 Kurt Clobridge Award for her service to low-income clients.  She has been repeatedly recognized by Upstate New York Super Lawyers® (2009-2016), received an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale Hubbell®, and was selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America™, a trial lawyer honorary society.  She is a frequent lecturer on topics such as cybersecurity regulations, bankruptcy litigation and distressed assets.


Joann began her career as law clerk to the Hon. William F. Tuohey, United States Bankruptcy Judge, District of New Jersey and as an associate in the bankruptcy department of a prominent New Jersey firm.

   
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Joann was selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers® list, Litigation Counsel of America™ (LCA™) list of fellows, and rated by Martindale-Hubbell® and Lawyers.com®.  The Super Lawyers® list is issued by Thompson Reuters™.  A description of the selection methodology for Super Lawyers® can be found here.  A description of the selection methodology for LCA™ can be found here.  A description of the selection methodology for Martindale-Hubbell® and Lawyers.com® can be found here.  No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey or any other court.

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Education

  • Union College (B.S., 1987)
  • Rutgers School of Law - Newark (J.D., 1993)

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts:
  • Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York
  • District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals:
  • Third Circuit

Professional Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association
  • Capital District Women’s Bar Association
  • Capital Region Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Albany County Bar Association
  • Hudson Valley Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of New York - Panel of Attorneys Responsible for the Investigation and Prosecution of Attorney Disciplinary Complaints
  • Northern District of New York, Local Bankruptcy Rules Standing Committee
  • Women's Bar Association of the State of New York