Founding Member, CAPA21 Leadership Council
“Joan continues to be a major champion of the advancement of Asian Americans on a number of fronts, including in the political arena and in the judiciary. We’re thrilled to welcome her as one of the first members of the Leadership Council.” ~ Dale Minami
Joan Haratani, a Morgan Lewis San Francisco partner and Past President of the Bar Association of San Francisco, represents Fortune 500 companies in commercial and mass tort litigation. She has represented pharmaceutical, medical device, financial, and retail companies in some of the largest litigations, including class actions, in the nation. She has in-depth knowledge of a wide range of law, such as the Alien Tort Statute, California’s Unfair Competition Law, pharmaceutical and medical device liability doctrines, and national mortgage foreclosure issues.
Ms. Haratani served as co-lead counsel on behalf of a Fortune 50 retail company in a worldwide class action concerning breach of contract allegations of which she obtained a dismissal at the federal court level (affirmed by the Ninth Circuit). The decision was paramount to the client’s day-to-day business operations and saved the retailer years of litigation. Currently, she serves as one of the firm’s national counsel for a financial institution.
Ms. Haratani has been recognized as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” and as a “Top 75 Women Litigator” by the Daily Journal. She was selected by the corporate members of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association as a “Female Litigator on the Rise” in Diversity and the Bar.
Ms. Haratani received her B.A. from St. John’s College, Santa Fe and her J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law, 1984, J.D. She is admitted to practice in California and before the state and federal courts of California.