Joanna Wright has represented plaintiffs and defendants in litigation covering a broad range of matters, including antitrust, securities fraud, complex civil litigation, and criminal and white collar defense. Joanna has first- or second-chaired numerous trials in both federal and state court.  She represents clients in all stages of litigation, from pre-complaint investigation through appeals, and has worked on multiple submissions to the Supreme Court. She has a proven track record of obtaining successful outcomes for clients, including in matters involving product liability, antitrust, trademark disputes, breach of contract, defamation, unfair competition, and corporate buyout proceedings. Joanna is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and Diversity Council. She also devotes a significant amount of time to pro bono matters, including constitutional class actions.

Joanna’s recent experience includes:

  • Defending Uber’s CEO in a novel antitrust class action lawsuit
  • Representing plaintiffs in a bellwether trial that resulted in favorable jury findings as part of multidistrict litigation against General Motors
  • Representing the former CEO of a major insurance company in a breach of contract dispute that settled favorably three days before trial
  • Representing one of the co-founders of AriZona Iced Tea in a judicial buyout proceeding
  • Representing an international airline’s minority shareholder in a potentially hostile takeover
  • Defending a major New York restaurateur in a trademark and licensing dispute
  • Representing a hedge fund in bringing fraud claims and securing remedies
  • Defending an international bank in residential mortgage-backed securities litigation
  • Representing a sexual assault survivor in a civil lawsuit that settled favorably at jury selection
  • Representing an Ecuadorean teenager in asylum proceedings
  • Drafting a Supreme Court amicus in a death penalty case
  • Drafting a petition for a writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court concerning collateral consequences of criminal convictions
  • Representing private equity firm in hospitality industry in environmental and contract disputes

  • Representing investment bank in FINRA arbitration

  • Representing Tesla in multiple consumer lawsuits

  • Representing class of copyright owners suing YouTube and Google for copyright infringement

Applying Miranda's Public Safety Exception to Dzokhar Tsarnaev, Restricting Criminal Procedure Rights by Expanding Judicial Exceptions, 113 Colum. L. Rev. Sidebar 136 (2013)

Mirandizing Terrorists? An Empirical Analysis of the Public Safety Exception, 111 Colum. L. Rev. 1296 (2011)

  • Columbia Law School, J.D.; Executive Notes Editor, Columbia Law Review; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Human Rights Fellow
  • Fordham University, M.A., Philosophy; Presidential Scholarship
  • Boston College, B.A., magna cum laude, Philosophy and French; Honors Program Distinction, College of Arts & Sciences


  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court: Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court: Southern District of New York

  • Hon. David F. Hamilton, U.S. Court of Appeals: Seventh Circuit
  • Hon. Alvin K. Hellerstein, U.S. District Court: Southern District of New York