Joan Ganz, Senior Associate
An overview of Joan is one that must begin and end: Joan does it all. Her career has been a journey from the entertainment world to the wondrous world of workers’ compensation. As an attorney she began in the social justice realm, working as a civil rights litigator for women inmates. It was during this time that she developed a deeper understanding of how to approach people with dignity and respect no matter what occupation of life has thrown at a person. She moved into the workers’ compensation field when she moved to Sacramento after getting divorced to provide an excellent quality of life for her family. It was a field where she would still be in a position to make a true impact in people’s lives. Joan uses her past experience when evaluating the veracity of injured workers to gain trust and believes that if the injured worker trusts you and you understand the applicant attorney, they will work with you as opposed to being combative and unbending in their demand. It’s treating people the way you want to be treated while protecting the best interests of the client. She is passionate in ensuring that her clients are provided the absolute best representation possible and in doing so, they are informed as to how best settle the case.
A native Californian – practically – Joan moved with her family to California from New York when she was just 2 years old, settling in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley. After school, she lived in Israel and Turkey, finding that when she returned with her husband, Los Angeles had gotten smog – can you believe it? So, they opted to move to NorCal where her husband’s family was based. She loves California’s diversity and weather, as well as it’s differing landscapes and abundance of fresh foods. Outside of work, Joan is involved in a variety of really exciting activities. She is involved in AKC, The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of America, the Friends of the River and Mountain Lion Coalition, has run the Honolulu Marathon, and was once a competitive body builder winning the Senior Lightweight Championship for Northern California in the 90s. Oh, and she’s a dog breeder and dog show regular. Joan does it all.
McGeorge School of Law
Juris Doctor, 1982 - Reginald Huber Smith Award Recipient
University of California, Los Angeles
Communications and Economics