Joane Garcia-Colson graduated with honors from the University of Denver College of Law in 1990 and is the former Executive Director of the Trial Lawyers College. Joane is a trial lawyer in Palm Springs, California and has represented numerous plaintiffs in both state and federal courts in wrongful termination, sexual harassment and other employment related matters and also represented plaintiffs in personal injury cases, on fraud claims and in real estate disputes and construction defect matters. She also has some experience with criminal cases. In 1998, along with former partner David Baron, she obtained a $62 million verdict in Federal Court in the Central District of California, one of the largest verdicts in the history of the State of California in a wrongful termination/breach of oral employment contract case on behalf of a former vice-president of a large hearing aid manufacturer. In December 2003, Joane, along with Matthew C. Bishop, obtained one of the first verdicts for Financial Elder Abuse in Napa, California on behalf on an 81 year-old woman arising out of a real estate transaction. Joane served on the faculty of the Trial Lawyers College from 1998 through June 2009 and was the College’s Executive Director from May 2000 to July 2009. Joane has published articles in Plaintiff, The Gavel, The WARRIOR, and in ABA Human Rights Magazine.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Joane was an actress and has years of experience in the art of communication and is a certified Psychodramatist. She uses these skills when working with lawyers and helps them become more effective at communicating their client’s story to a jury.
Joane has worked as a trial consultant for numerous lawyers across the country on a variety of cases including:
· Med. Malpractice
· Wrongful Death
· Personal Injury
· Consumer Law
· Criminal Cases including Death Penalty cases.
· Wrongful Termination
· Sexual Harassment
· Race Discrimination
· Construction Defect
· Catastrophic Injury
Joane has spoken to and/or given numerous presentations and workshops for a variety of trial lawyer associations such as:
· Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
· Consumer Attorneys of California
· National Employment Lawyers Assn.
· North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers
· Washington State Trial Lawyers Assn.
· Washington Employment Lawyers Assn.
· American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
· American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama
· Lancaster Bar Assn.
· Midwest Conf. of Clinical Law Professors
· Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan