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Joanne K. Leighton


With over 23 years experience as a litigator, Joanne K. Leighton’s primary focus is in employment law and business litigation.

Joanne works with employers on a wide variety of important issues in employment law, starting with risk management and helping companies take preventative measures to avoid the pitfalls of litigation. She also handles shareholder disputes with corporations and partnerships, dissolutions, and many other areas pertaining to business litigation.

Clients particularly trust Joanne’s guidance on the big decisions that help them avoid litigation. Through the right training and counseling with employers, she often stops any potential issues before they can become real problems. Joanne enjoys connecting with employers and working together to find the best solutions.

Joanne is the mother of two teenage boys, enjoys cooking and is an avid runner.

Practice areas:

  • Employment law
  • Business litigation
  • Environmental law
  • Business law

Bar Admissions:

  • California, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California


  • Temple University, J.D., 1992
  • University of Scranton, B.A., 1987

Professional Leadership:

  • State Bar of California
  • American Bar Association