JoAnn's Resume

Education and Experience

  • University of Texas, B.A., 1991, with high honors
  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D. 1994
  • American Arbitration Association, Healthcare, Commercial, Consumer, and pension/ERISA Panels – arbitrator, multiple AAA training sessions
  • Dispute Resolution Center of Austin, 40-Hour Mediation Training, 2014
  • AHLA, Mediating Health Care Controversies Training, 2015
  • Private Civil Litigation Practice, 1994 to 2017: Sedgwick LLP (2016 to June 2017), Jackson Walker LLP (2006 to 2016), Strasburger & Price LLP (1994 to 2006)

Memberships and Additional Credentials

  • American Bar Association: TIPS Section, Health and Disability Insurance Law Committee (vice-chair 2015–2019; past chair); Litigation Section
  • State Bar of Texas: Labor and Employment and Insurance Sections
  • Austin Bar Association and Hispanic Bar Association of Austin
  • American Inns of Court, Barbara Jordan Inn of Court, founding Master, past Treasurer, and past President (2016 to present); Lloyd Lochridge Inn of Court, Barrister (2010–2015)
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, 2015 Fellow
  • Listed in Best Lawyers, Litigation – Healthcare (2016, 2017)
  • Listed in Super Lawyers, Alternative Dispute Resolution (2021, 2022, 2023, 2024)
  • Admitted to practice law in Texas, U.S. District Courts of Texas and Colorado, the Fifth and Eighth U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Frequent speaker and writer in the areas of ERISA benefits and managed care

Community Involvement

  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas – Board of Directors (2016 to 2021)
  • Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum — Board of Directors, president, chair, and treasurer (2000–2015)
  • Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas – pro bono attorney and mediator cases
  • Meals on Wheels, meal delivery volunteer (2009 to 2015)