Joanna J. Cline

Joanna J. Cline


Philadelphia, PA
Phone: 215.981.4520    Fax: 215.981.4750

Wilmington, DE
Phone: 302.777.6542    Fax: 302.421.8390

Trial and Dispute Resolution

Ms. Cline’s recent general trial and dispute resolution experience includes:

  • obtaining a complete defense award, and prevailing in part on counterclaims, in an arbitration between a pharmaceutical manufacturer and its licensee regarding the interpretation of the license agreement
  • obtaining a complete defense verdict in a bench trial of a dispute between two plastics manufacturers regarding the interpretation of an asset purchase agreement
  • obtaining a complete defense award in a FINRA arbitration on behalf of a broker-dealer sued by an investor
  • successfully arbitrating a contract claim on behalf of a manufacturer of safety valves, obtaining a de minimis judgment in the face of a $40 million claim
  • trying to a jury verdict an implied contract case regarding software development (case settled favorably post-verdict)
  • winning summary judgment for a security software company accused of securities violations by a former employee.

Delaware Court of Chancery

In the Delaware Court of Chancery, Ms. Cline’s experience includes:

  • disputes regarding interpretations of asset purchase agreements and stock purchase agreements and related indemnification claims against escrow
  • claims regarding fiduciary duties owed by directors of corporations and members of LLCs
  • demands for inspection of corporate books and records
  • stockholder challenges to corporate mergers, involving claims that disclosures were inadequate.


Examples of Ms. Cline’s RICO experience are:

  • winning a motion to dismiss RICO claims filed against a medical device manufacturer (6th Circuit)
  • winning summary judgment in two separate RICO actions filed against an importer/distributor of craft products (3rd and 9th Circuits)
  • defending an Internet company against a class action alleging RICO, cybersquatting and other claims asserted with respect to the use of certain domain names (RICO claims were dismissed and class cert denied, leading to a successful settlement) (7th Circuit).


Ms. Cline’s antitrust experience includes:

  • defending manufacturers in dealer termination arbitrations
  • defending a glass manufacturer in defense of Sherman Act § 1 claims and related indirect purchaser actions
  • conducting product market analyses in connection with Sherman Act claims and mergers
  • providing antitrust monitoring to trade associations.


  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1998, comments editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review
  • B.A., Government, cum laude, Dartmouth College, 1995

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Delaware

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, District of Delaware


  • Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis: Supreme Court of Colorado, Denver, CO

Practice Areas

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