Joanna R. Steele


Joanna Steele focuses her practice on commercial litigation. Joanna was a litigation paralegal for a law firm in New York before attending the University of Richmond School of Law, where she interned in the Richmond Circuit Court and in the Office of the Federal Public Defender, Eastern District of Virginia. She was a Venable summer associate, working with the Real Estate Practice Group.



  • J.D. magna cum laude University of Richmond School of Law 2020
    • Extern, Richmond Adult Drug Treatment Court
    • Judicial intern, the Honorable Judge C.N. Jenkins
    • Legal intern, Office of the Public Defender, Eastern District of Virginia
    • Pro bono certificate
    • Order of the Barrister
    • Recipient, Virginia Trial Lawyers Student Advocacy Award
    • Member, The Lewis F. Powell, Jr. American Inn of Court
    • Member, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society
    • Recipient, Robert A. Slimak Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy
  • B.A. Philosophy University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2013