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I specialize in complex litigation, with a focus in appellate litigation in the California Court of Appeal, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the New York courts.  I also work with trial counsel and provide strategic counseling on a variety of trial practice and appellate litigation matters. 


I have signigicant appellate experience, including a clerkship on the Ninth Circuit, as principal author of more than fifteen appellate briefs, writs, and petitions for review, and numerous appellate arguments.  I also have extensive experience litigating California consumer class actions at the trial and appellate levels.


In the business litigation arena, my experience includes California business torts, health care law, employment matters, contracts, constitutional law, civil procedure issues, patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade dress, trade secrets, unfair competition, commercial fraud, insurance, securities matters, and claims against public entities.  


In the criminal and immigration arenas, I have litigated civil rights claims, juvenile delinquency matters, habeas claims under the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA), Fourth Amendment search and seizure issues, Sixth Amendment jury trial and sentencing issues, Eighth Amendment claims for access to medical treatment, and various immigration claims, including asylum, cancellation of removal, and claims of fraud and ineffective assistance of counsel. 


Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 100%
    13 years, 40 cases



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Law Office of Johanna S. Schiavoni

3170 Fourth Avenue
Suite 250
San Diego, CA, 92103


NYCurrently registered 200407/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
"40 Under 40" Award for High Achievement in Business and CivicSD METRO Magazine2011
Manuel W. Wiley Award for Pro Bono ServiceState Bar of California2011
Manuel W. Wiley Award for Pro Bono ServiceState Bar of California2010
Manuel W. Wiley Award for Pro Bono ServiceState Bar of California2009
“Bar Star”San Diego County Bar Association2009
Elisa H. Halpern Memorial ScholarshipUCLA School of Law2000
“Give 35” Public Interest Service AwardUCLA School of Law2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Appellate AttorneyLaw Office of Johanna S. Schiavoni2013 - Present
Partner, Appellate LitigationJacobs & Schlesinger LLP2011 - 2013
AssociateLatham & Watkins LLP2007 - 2010
Judicial Law ClerkHon. M. Margaret McKeown, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit2006 - 2007
AssociateLatham & Watkins LLP2003 - 2006
Judicial Law ClerkHon. Christina A. Snyder, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California2002 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Women Give San DiegoCo-Chair, Advocacy Leadership Team2012 - Present
San Diego Leadership AllianceFounding Co-Director2011 - Present
La Jolla Music SocietyBoard of Directors2010 - Present
Lawyers Club of San DiegoBoard of Directors2010 - Present
Lawyers Club of San DiegoPresident's Circle2010 - Present
San Diego County Bar Association, Appellate Court CommitteeMember2007 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
San Diego County Bar Association, Appellate Court CommitteeChair – Programs Committee2011 - 2011
Louis M. Welsh American Inn of CourtBarrister Member2010 - 2012
New Leaders Council -- San Diego ChapterInstitute Chair2010 - 2011
San Diego County Bar Association, Appellate Court CommitteeChair – Civil Rules Subcommittee2010 - 2010
American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (San Diego Lawyer Chapter)Board of Directors2009 - 2012
Louis M. Welsh American Inn of CourtAssociate Member2008 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Shuts, et al. v. Covenant Holdco LLC et al.Reversed and remanded
State of California v. Continental Ins. Co.Affirmed judgment of the Court of Appeal
In re William H.Affirmed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Lawyers Club NewsLawyers Club Supports Four Candidates in Judicial Races2012
Lawyers Club of San Diego20th Annual Equality Survey: 2011 Survey of Private Firms and Public Agencies in San Diego2011
49 UCLA L. Rev. 1859 (2002)Who’s Afraid of Precedent?: The Debate Over the Precedential Value of Unpublished Opinions2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Los Angeles School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2002
Washington University School of LawN/AOther - Bachelors1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
October 2011 Luncheon20th Annual Equality Survey -- Lawyers Club of San Diego2011
Representing Immigrants in Removal ProceedingsAppellate Practice Before the Board of Immigration Appeals2010
Litigation Practice GroupAppellate Practice2009
Hon. William Byrne Judicial Clerkship InstituteThe Role of a Law Clerk2009