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Joan S. Anderson

Joan S. Anderson


Joan Anderson focuses her practice in the defense of complex, multi-plaintiff personal injury actions for product manufacturers and health care service providers. She has represented clients in state and federal courts in several states at all stages of litigation, including notching multiple successful civil jury trials and appellate decisions. With a background in mathematics and significant experience in mass tort litigation, Joan is highly regarded for her successful work with medical and technology experts to distill their analyses into opinions that are clear, concise and helpful for clients, judges and juries.

A leader in community diversity and inclusion initiatives, Joan serves as the Raleigh-Durham coordinator for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Mentorship Program, recruiting volunteers to mentor diverse first-year law students at area law schools. Joan also has served for three consecutive years on the planning committee for the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s annual Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Conference, which draws approximately 800 attendees.

Joan maintains a commitment to pro bono service and serves as the pro bono coordinator for the firm’s Raleigh office, helping organize clinics and connect other attorneys with projects of interest to them. She currently leads an initiative to help local small businesses challenge the denial of business interruption insurance coverage so that they can obtain funds intended to compensate them for losses, including payments made to hourly workers during closures and restrictions related to COVID-19. She also partners with North Carolina Legal Aid helping victims of domestic violence obtain orders of protection against their abusers.


Bar Admissions

  • California
  • North Carolina

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2006

    with honors

    Comments Editor, North Carolina Law Review

  • Rice University, B.A., 2003
    Major: Mathematics

Professional Associations

    • Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
      —Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Conference Planning Committee
    • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
      —Raleigh-Durham Coordinator
    • North Carolina Bar Association
      —Women in the Profession Committee
    • American Bar Association


    • The Legal 500
      —Named in Product Liability Defense: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices, 2022 – 2023
      —Named in Product Liability Defense: Automotive/Transport, 2022
    • Best Lawyers
      —Product Liability Litigation: Defendants, 2023 – 2024
    • Super Lawyers Magazine
      —North Carolina Rising Stars, 2016
    • North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center
      —North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2020 – 2021

Speaking Engagements

  • "Video Depositions and 30(b) Depositions", Presenter, 2021 Litigation Section Program, North Carolina Bar Association, May 2021
  • "Video Conference Depositions: Tips for Tackling a New Normal", Speaker, North Carolina Bar Association CLE, May 2020


  • “Chapter 10: Discovery Planning", Contributing Author, Infectious Disease Litigation: Science, Law & Procedure, February 2021
  • "Why Posner Pounced On Eyedrop Class Certification," Author, Law360, July 2017
  • "2013’s Key Rulings In Food Mislabeling Litigation," Co-Author, Law360, January 2014
  • "Where There’s Smoke, There’s Liability," Co-Author, The Resource, August 2013