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Joanne is an environmental attorney counseling clients on environmental litigation, transactions and regulatory compliance.

Joanne has experience handling complex environmental issues related to site remediation, environmental cost recovery, contaminated property transactions and compliance involving federal, state and municipal environmental laws and regulations, including CERCLA (the “Superfund” law), Model Toxics Control Act, Clean Water Act, RCRA and TSCA. She regularly counsels public and private entities on a variety environmental issues and has experience handling citizen suits involving alleged violations of the Clean Water Act and other environmental statutes. Prior to moving to Seattle, Joanne practiced environmental law in New Jersey and New York.

Professional Activities

  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Member, 2009-Present
    • Climate Change Taskforce
    • International Environmental Law Committee
  • Joint-Asian Judicial Evaluation Committee, Co-Chair 2019 (evaluates and rates judicial candidates in Washington state)
  • King County Bar Association, Member
  • The Vietnamese-American Bar Association of Washington, Board Member
  • Washington State Bar Association, Member
  • Women in Environment, Networking Committee

Community Activities

  • Neighborhood House, Board of Trustees, 2018-Present

News & Insights


  • Washington, 2013
  • New Jersey, 2010
  • New York, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington


  • J.D., Pace University School of Law (cum laude), 2010
    • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court
    • Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
    • 1L Appellate Oral Argument Competition, Second Place
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (with honors)
    • University of North Carolina Honors Thesis Research Grant Recipient
    • Duke University Japanese Language Speech Contest, Second Place
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