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Joan E. Presky

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After graduating cum laude from Loyola Law School iin 1989, Joan began her legal career with the Los Angeles office of the national law firm, Sidley & Austin, where she was a member of the firm's commercial and environmental litigation groups.  She left Sidley & Austin to become one of the founding associates of a boutique firm, Smaltz & Anderson, where she continued her concentration on commercial and environmental litigation.  In 1992, Joan fulfilled her dream of moving to the San Francisco Bay Area when she was invited to join the Law Office of Robert A. Huddleston as an associate working on a variety of commercial litigation matters.  In 1995, she pursued an opportunity with the San Francisco firm of Banchero & Lasater (later, the Banchero Law Firm), where she not only worked on complex, multi-party commercial and environmental cases, but began representing clients in employment cases as well.  Since returning to the Huddleston firm in 2003, Joan has been the firm's senior associate, working on the firm's largest, most complex, multi-party commercial and employment cases.  In 2004, Joan was a member of the trial team that successfully tried a Riverside County Superior Court case involving millions of dollars in claims arising from the sale of a business (and concomitant employment claims), and a member of the trial team in 2007 that successfully tried common law securities fraud claims against a national brokerage whose broker had defrauded clients out of millions of dollars.  Joan has also worked on several cases in which the firm defeated claims against a corporate client and its employees involving unfair competition and the misappropriation of trade secrets, and has successfully defeated several of the firm's most complicated employment cases, including termination claims alleging age, sex and disability discrimination.  In 2007, Joan obtained summary adjudication on sex discrimination claims, leading to a favorable settlement on behalf of the corporate client of overtime claims alleged by the same plaintiff.  In another case, Joan obtained summary judgment on age discrimination claims brought by a union worker against his corporate employer, defeated the worker's appeal through his Supreme Court petition for review, and ultimately obtained an award of attorney's fees for the corporate employer.  Currently, Joan's practice includes complex commercial and employment cases at the trial and appellate levels.