Joanna E. Herman Managing Director

Joanna Herman


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I consider myself a problem solver, relishing in the opportunities I have to work with candidates and companies to help them creatively and innovatively find the right attorney for their legal department while helping candidates find a meaningful role. I truly enjoy facilitating and building lasting relationships.

Joanna Herman, a Managing Director with our In-House Practice Group, brings significant contacts and experience in the Southern California legal market to her practice, helping build and strengthen in-house legal departments. She works with clients both locally in Southern California and nationally, specifically in the pharmaceutical, biotech, consumer products, technology, transportation and aerospace industries, and has also conducted searches in the fashion, financial services and retail industries. Joanna has a particular expertise working with companies to locate intellectual property attorneys, who can be especially challenging to place. In her first year at Major, Lindsey & Africa, she received the Rookie of the Year award.


After law school, and for almost 10 years, Joanna was an active litigator in San Diego, where she focused on product liability litigation. She was an associate in the San Diego office of Morrison & Foerster from June 2004 until February 2013, focusing on pharmaceutical, toxic tort and aviation-related litigation cases, with an expertise in multijurisdictional, multidistrict litigation. Joanna's experience also included general commercial litigation. She was an associate from January 2004 until June 2004 and summer associate in 2002 at Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich's (now DLA Piper) San Diego office.

In 2008, Joanna was awarded the Wiley W. Manuel Award from the State Bar of California for her pro bono contributions. In 2007, she was nominated as a "Top Young Attorney" in the San Diego Daily Transcript.

Following her undergraduate degree, Joanna worked for the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and LASPAU: Academic and Professional Programs for the Americas, affiliated with Harvard University.


Harvard Law School, J.D.

The Hale and Dorr Legal Services Center

Columbia College, Columbia University, B.A., magna cum laude

Recipient of Golden King's Crown, Columbia University Leadership Award


Wallace Inn of Court

Athena San Diego

International Aviation Women's Association