JoAnn Victor's practice focuses on employment law litigation and appeals. She clerked at the Second District Court of Appeal for four years where she penned approximately 120 bench memoranda. In the course of her practice, she has helped try a dozen cases and defended corporate, municipal, college, and insurance company clients against claims of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation related to race, nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and pregnancy. She has also defended public entities in class actions involving both health care benefits for retirees and donning and doffing lawsuits.
In addition, JoAnn has taught seminars on employment-related matters at UCLA Extension and the Real Property section of the California State Bar and has been published in For the Defense, on limiting employer liability during downsizing. She has written numerous dispositive motions and argued appeals cases before both the Ninth Circuit and the California Court of Appeal. (See e.g. Mejia v. City of
Inglewood at 2012 WL 1308631 (non pub’d.), reversing a jury verdict in a retaliation case).
Prior to joining the firm, in addition to serving as a senior clerk for the Second District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles, JoAnn also served as a summer clerk with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Department of Fair Employment and Housing as an investigator and case analyst. She has extensive experience with complex legal analysis, mediations, and trial preparations and has taught legal research and writing at a fully accredited law school. She enjoys a reputation in the community for thoroughness and savvy analysis.
JoAnn graduated from the University of California Los Angeles School of Law and received degrees in Political Science, English, and Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of California Los Angeles. She is a lecturer in the Political Science Department of California State University, Long Beach.