For over a decade, Jo-Anne has represented companies, performers, and artists. As a registered Sports Agent, she has worked with athletes and sports leagues. She regularly serves clients across North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia as efficiently as those who are local to her. Jo-Anne takes a creative approach to litigating traditional areas of law, and helps her clients capitalize on innovations, business development, and negotiations. Emerging markets are her niche. She is known for tackling controversial topics while the issues are in their infancy, such as the 2010 BP oil spill claims and two historical legislative enactments in 2018 of global significance: The Canadian Cannabis Act and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe.
Jo-Anne has a flair for legal academics, having served on a law school faculty, teaching litigation-driven courses, such as Evidence, Litigation Drafting, and Legal Research & Writing. Her manuscript about compensating donors who contribute to profitable biomedical research is published in the University of New Hampshire’s Pierce Law Review. Jo-Anne was also the youngest person ever appointed to preside over a Florida court, when she was on the bench for the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida. Because of Jo-Anne’s multi-jurisdictional credentials and experience, she has served as an expert witness in European court, providing direction and legal opinion as to the practice of law in North America.
In 2020, Jo-Anne hopes to complete her studies in Internet Law & Policy, and earn her Master of Laws degree.
To best serve her clients, Jo-Anne constantly strives to be a leader in the community. She was the “Entrepreneur of the Year” runner-up in Florida’s largest women’s business owner organization. She speaks at some of Western Canada’s largest conferences, such as Cyber Summit and the Canadian Cannabis Summit, and is a regular legal issues keynote speaker for professional societies like the International Franchise Association and the American Medical Writers’ Association. Jo-Anne is a Board member of Digital Alberta, a mentor in the SMARTstart entrepreneur development program, and is a parent volunteer at the Calgary French and International School and the Calgary Chinese Private School.
Out of the office, Jo-Anne is trying to keep up with her daughter’s sports activities and music lessons. Together, they frequently travel North America, Europe, and Asia.