Joann joined Goodspeed Merrill as a Paralegal/Legal Assistant in January 2021. She began her legal career in 1986 in New York by utilizing shorthand learned in high school. She is especially appreciative of modern technology and how it has transformed the legal field from typewriters, carbon paper and thermofax paper. Joann has previously worked in the areas of plaintiff personal injury litigation, tax law, and most recently in insurance defense.
Joann holds an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies degree from Kaplan College in Denver, Colorado. She also attended Russell Sage College in Troy, New York.
In her free time, Joann enjoys art exhibits, reading, listening to music (particularly jazz), local culture, and finding thrift store gold. She is an avid football and hockey fan.