Joanna R. Steele


Joanna Steele focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation matters in both state and federal courts, including breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets. Joanna has experience with multiple aspects of litigation, including discovery compliance, deposition preparation, and summary judgment motion practice. Joanna graduated magna cum laude from the University of Richmond School of Law, where she served as president of the Trial Advocacy Board and published a comment in the University of Richmond Law Review. During law school, Joanna interned in the Richmond Circuit Court and in the Office of the Federal Public Defender, Eastern District of Virginia.

Prior to law school, Joanna worked as a litigation paralegal in New York, where she gained experience supporting anti-trust and securities trials. She earned her B.A. in philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013.



  • 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, 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

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia