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About me

I am licensed in both California and Washington States. I have been fortunate to have litigated a wide variety of cases including Employment law, personal injury, Civil Rights, mental health, bankruptcy. I have practiced for the Government, in private practice, and as a staff trial attorney. I have experience for both plaintiff and defense sides which brings a balanced approach to my practice. I have practiced in Superior Courts, Appellate Courts and Federal Courts.


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 60%
    19 years, 400 cases
  2. Car Accident: 20%
    1 year
  3. Employment: 20%
    19 years



Hourly ($250-350/hour), contingent (33-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

3 total 

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Joann. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Brad Allan Lancaster

    Joann Pheasant cares about her clients and the integrity of the legal system. I have known Joann since we attended law school together. She is very bright, like most attorneys, but her intelligence is also both moral and practical. Joann knows how to dig her fingernails into a case, but she does so without rancor or bitterness. And Joann takes cases of legal substance. She cares when a circumstance is wrong. She does something about it. Such lawyers are gems, and Joann Pheasant is priceless. Oh, yes, she will make you laugh too.


    Brad Lancaster Probate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

372 Florin Rd Ste 179
Sacramento, CA, 95831-1407

Law Office Of Joann L. Pheasant

372 Florin Road Suite 179
Sacramento/CA 95831 - all mail to CA office
Seattle, WA, 98107




Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Private reproval, public disclosure
    issued in CA, 2015


    Private reproval, public disclosure means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar warns the lawyer in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

    Joann’s comment: “I have practiced since 1997 without any problems. I was disciplined in my representation of a man who had filed a wrongful termination lawsuit. His previous attorney had fired him because he was a liar and had unreasonable expectations. He was never an employee of the company he was suing. He turned down a $20,000 offer for the 45 hours of training.”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Canadian Master's Rowing Gold Medal Women's 8Canadian Master's Rowing Association1988
Canadian Master's Rowing Gold Medal Women's SingleCanadian Master's Rowing Association1988
United States Bronze Medal Rowing Women's Lt 8US Rowing (predecessor association)1975
United States Silver Medal Rowing Women's Lt 4US Rowing (predecessor association)1975
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalLaw Office of Joann L. Pheasant2006 - Present
Contract AttorneyLaw Office of Amy Hansen2005 - Present
Staff CounselLaw Office of Kenneth R. Scearce, Traveler's Insurance Counsel2000 - 2002
AssociateForsberg & Umlauf, P.S.2000 - 2000
Assistant Attorney GeneralWashington State Office of the Attorney General1998 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Sacramento County Bar AssociationN/A2015 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationAttorney Member2011 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Sacramento County Bar Associationmember2008 - Present
University of Washington Big W AssociationLifetime Member2006 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
American Bar Association, Litigation SectionMemberN/A
University of Washington Alumni AssociationLifetime MemberN/A
Federal Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
California State Bar Association groupMember2007 - 2007
California State Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm SectionMember2007 - 2007
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1997 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Detention of L.W. 88 Wash. App. 1024 (2000), unpublished opinionPrevailed
Bryant v. Craftsman Sandrini Boys., 105 Wash.App. 11003 (2001)Remand for trial and settlement
Rifino v. United States, 245 F. 3d 1083 (2001)Debtor had to repay student loans
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
University of WashingtonHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
University of California DavisEnd of Life Legal Issues and Ethics - Seminar for Undergraduate Students2006