- General Liability
- Premises Liability - Defense
- Construction Liability
- Automobile Liability
- Product Liability
- Retail Liability
|University ||Widener University, B.A., Criminal Justice, cum laude, 1999 Alpha Phi Sigma, Pi Gamma Mu, Pi Sigma Alpha|
|Law School||Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, J.D., 2005 "Best Paper" award, Legal Research & Writing, Distinguished Class Performance, Integrated Trial Advocacy Program|
|Admitted||2005, Pennsylvania; 2005, New Jersey; 2005, U.S District Court of New Jersey; 2008, U.S District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania|
Associations & Memberships
•American Bar Association
•Pennsylvania Bar Association, Women in the Profession Committee and Young Lawyers Division
•Philadelphia Bar Association
•Young Lawyers Division 2016 Board Observer - Friends of Chester A. Arthur School
Joanna provides legal counsel to insurance carriers throughout the country as well as a variety of self-insured clients, including international hotels and beverage companies, restaurant and retail chains, and large construction and trucking companies. As a member of the Casualty Department, she handles a variety of litigation matters, including premises liability, construction liability, automobile liability and product liability. A significant number of Joanna's cases involve plaintiffs with catastrophic injuries. Joanna successfully defends clients at arbitrations, jury trials and mediations throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Prior to joining Marshall Dennehey, Joanna specialized in large, notable antitrust class action and securities cases involving price-fixing and monopolization.
Joanna received her juris doctor from Temple University School of Law's Evening Division while working full time as a litigation paralegal. At Temple, Joanna participated in the school's renowned Integrated Trial Advocacy Program, where she participated, and won, a mock trial. Prior to graduation, Joanna served as a judicial clerk in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.
Joanna is licensed in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey State Bars as well as the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the District of New Jersey. She also regularly serves as an arbitrator in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Compulsory Arbitration Program.
In her spare time, Joanna is an avid runner and bocce player.
Year Joined Organization
Marshall Dennehey Announces New Shareholders and Special Counsel
January 4, 2016
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin is pleased to announce that 14 attorneys were elected shareholders of the firm at the annual shareholders' meeting held December 8 in Philadelphia. The new shareholders, listed by office, are as follows.Philadelphia, PA: Jason W. Bialker, member of...
Blame It on the Bank? Defending Mortgage Lenders in Premises Liability Cases
Defense Digest Article • June 1, 2014
By Joanna D. Buchanico, Esq.*Key Points:In premises liability cases, when the subject property is in foreclosure, Pennsylvania courts have established that plaintiffs' right to recovery against mortgage lenders is limited, if not...
Whats Your Active Malfunction? Insured Denied Coverage for Contractual Claim of Poor Workmanship
Defense Digest Article • September 1, 2009
Pennsylvania - Insurance Coverage, Every day sellers of goods and services negotiate with customers for sales contracts. What if a seller was not forthright with a customer during these contract negotiations and the product failed to meet the customer's expectations of good..., Defense Digest, Vol. 15, No. 3, September 2009
|Reported Cases||Significant Representative Matters: Obtained an arbitration verdict for a lumber processing client where plaintiff alleged injuries due to a fall from a tractor trailer bed; Obtained summary judgment and dismissal of counterclaims against client who was assaulted by his grandmother; Obtained an arbitration verdict for a client against a plaintiff who alleged injuries from a motor vehicle accident at a busy Philadelphia intersection; Obtained an arbitration verdict for a large sports/entertainment venue client where plaintiff alleged injuries due to a fall down seating area stairs; Obtained an arbitration verdict for a client against a plaintiff claiming water damage to her condominium. The plaintiff claimed damages in excess of the limits of the arbitration; Obtained an arbitration verdict for an appliance repair service client against plaintiffs claiming water damage to their home due to a defective ice machine; Obtained a jury defense verdict for an Unfair Consumer Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law claim against an automobile body shop client where plaintiff alleged extensive damage to his classic automobile; Sat second chair on a multimillion dollar premises liability case where a jury awarded a defense verdict to a large event venue client where plaintiff alleged severe injuries sustained near the client's parking lot; Obtained summary judgment and dismissal of client in a case where plaintiff was shot in the client's home; Obtained summary judgment and dismissal of chair supplier client in a case where the plaintiff was injured after falling from a broken folding chair at a concert.; Published Works: Blame It on the Bank? Defending Mortgage Lenders in Premises Liability Cases, Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 2, June 2014; What's Your Active Malfunction? Insured Denied Coverage For Contractual Claims Of Poor Workmanship, Defense Digest, Vol. 15, No. 3, September, 2009|
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