Joanna is an experienced employment litigator who has represented clients in a variety of fields. She currently serves as a neutral investigator, conducting independent employment investigations for clients to assist them in fact-finding and resolving workplace disputes. She has also provided testimony in depositions and at hearings in order to discuss and defend her investigatory findings. Joanna brings years of experience litigating employment law cases, conducting investigations, and working one-on-one with clients and executives to address employment matters.
Joanna Sattler began her career with a one-year fellowship in the Office of the Vice President and General Counsel at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. As a Fellow, she researched education policy, intellectual property law, employment discrimination, and healthcare regulation. She participated in counseling meetings with University faculty and staff and drafted contracts and releases as well as motions, pleadings, discovery, and supporting briefs and memoranda in state and federal matters. Joanna also authored articles on recent developments in employment law for Human Resources staff.
After completing the fellowship at Johns Hopkins, Joanna worked as an Associate in the Labor and Employment group in the Los Angeles office of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, LLP for over seven years. At Manatt, Joanna handled all aspects of defense of employment-related claims, including class actions for large and mid-sized companies, from internal investigations to taking and defending depositions, promulgating and responding to discovery, writing complex motions and briefs, and appearing in state and federal court and before administrative bodies. Joanna advised and counseled clients on wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, trade secrets, workplace violence, and OSHA matters and compliance, as well as employee separations and leaves of absence. She also negotiated and reviewed settlement and release agreements, non-competition agreements, and executive compensation contracts. Joanna conducted sexual harassment trainings and reviewed and drafted employee manuals and policies. While at Manatt, Joanna also worked on a variety of general business litigation matters, including contract disputes, business torts, and other commercial matters.
Active in Manatt’s recruiting efforts, Joanna also served as a mentor and assignment coordinator for the firm’s summer associate program.
Joanna graduated Cum Laude from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she served as the Executive Editor of the Writing Program for the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, with a Literature focus, from Middlebury College, graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
Joanna has published articles on environmental law and policy in the Virginia Environmental Law Journal and the Environmental Law Reporter.
Joanna has appeared in matters in both federal and state courts, in arbitration and mediation, and before administrative agencies. Joanna is admitted to practice in California state courts and before the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Joanna is also a member of the Association of Workplace Investigators and has provided Mandatory Continuing Legal Education programs for lawyers on best practices in conducting independent employment investigations.
Presentations and Publications
- Best Practices in Independent Employment Investigations, Client In-House presentations
- Joanna has published articles on environmental law and policy in the Virginia Environmental Law Journal and the Environmental Law Reporter.