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Don’t let Anna Joyce’s mild manner fool you. She likes to argue. As the former Oregon Solicitor General, she has done it hundreds of times in the Oregon Supreme Court and in the Oregon Court of Appeals. She has even briefed cases that went before the United States Supreme Court. Anna now wields her talents developing winning strategies and arguments for the clients of Markowitz Herbold at both the trial and appellate level.

Before joining Markowitz Herbold, Anna spent her legal career in the service of Oregonians.  In 2003, she joined the Oregon Department of Justice. The Attorney General appointed her to be Oregon’s Solicitor General in 2011. As Solicitor General, Anna led a team of attorneys, attorney managers, and support staff in developing, coordinating and briefing the State’s legal position in appeals in state and federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court.  

In 2015, Anna transitioned to private practice at Markowitz Herbold, where she leads the firm’s appellate group. 

Representative cases include:

  • Representing the Governor of Oregon in a challenge to the scope of gubernatorial powers to grant a reprieve to a death row inmate; successfully obtained a decision upholding the Governor’s powers. (Oregon Supreme Court)
  • Representing the Oregon Department of Agriculture in an employment discrimination claim; successfully obtained a decision from the United States Supreme Court.
  • Representing the President of the Oregon State Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Governor of Oregon and the Secretary of State in a challenge to a plan to hold an emergency session; successfully obtained a decision upholding the plan to hold the session. (Oregon Supreme Court)
  • Representing a local Port in a challenge to the Port’s compliance with environmental laws; successfully obtained a decision upholding the Port’s compliance. (Washington Supreme Court)

U.S. Supreme Court Cases:

  • City of Boise v. Robert Martin, et al. - Filed amicus brief on behalf of the League of Oregon Cities in support of a petition of certiorari challenging a recent Ninth Circuit opinion that declared anti-camping ordinances unconstitutional in certain circumstances.
    Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center, 568 US 597 (2013) - Challenge to industrial stormwater rules as construed by the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Camreta v. Greene, 563 US 692 (2011) - Fourth Amendment challenge to an officer interviewing a child at her school about suspected child abuse.
  • Engquist v. Oregon Department of Agriculture, 553 US 591 (2008) - Challenge to a “class-of-one theory” of equal protection in the public employment context.

Anna received her J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law, ranking first in her graduating class. Before joining the Oregon Department of Justice, Anna served as the judicial clerk for the Honorable Rives Kistler at the Oregon Court of Appeals. 

Anna has also served as a Lewis & Clark School of Law Adjunct Professor, teaching the Appellate Advocacy Moot Court class. She has presented at numerous continuing legal education classes, including Appellate Tips for Litigators – Planning Trials for Success on Appeal and Preserving Issues for Appeal

Anna Joyce

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Don’t let Anna Joyce’s mild manner fool you. She likes to argue. As the former Oregon Solicitor General, she has done it hundreds of times in the Oregon Supreme Court and in the Oregon Court of Appeals. She has even briefed cases that went before the United States Supreme Court. Anna now wields her talents developing winning strategies and arguments for the clients of Markowitz Herbold at both the trial and appellate level.

Before joining Markowitz Herbold, Anna spent her legal career in the service of Oregonians.  In 2003, she joined the Oregon Department of Justice. The Attorney General appointed her to be Oregon’s Solicitor General in 2011. As Solicitor General, Anna led a team of attorneys, attorney managers, and support staff in developing, coordinating and briefing the State’s legal position in appeals in state and federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court.  

In 2015, Anna transitioned to private practice at Markowitz Herbold, where she leads the firm’s appellate group. 

Representative cases include:

  • Representing the Governor of Oregon in a challenge to the scope of gubernatorial powers to grant a reprieve to a death row inmate; successfully obtained a decision upholding the Governor’s powers. (Oregon Supreme Court)
  • Representing the Oregon Department of Agriculture in an employment discrimination claim; successfully obtained a decision from the United States Supreme Court.
  • Representing the President of the Oregon State Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Governor of Oregon and the Secretary of State in a challenge to a plan to hold an emergency session; successfully obtained a decision upholding the plan to hold the session. (Oregon Supreme Court)
  • Representing a local Port in a challenge to the Port’s compliance with environmental laws; successfully obtained a decision upholding the Port’s compliance. (Washington Supreme Court)

U.S. Supreme Court Cases:

  • City of Boise v. Robert Martin, et al. - Filed amicus brief on behalf of the League of Oregon Cities in support of a petition of certiorari challenging a recent Ninth Circuit opinion that declared anti-camping ordinances unconstitutional in certain circumstances.
    Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center, 568 US 597 (2013) - Challenge to industrial stormwater rules as construed by the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Camreta v. Greene, 563 US 692 (2011) - Fourth Amendment challenge to an officer interviewing a child at her school about suspected child abuse.
  • Engquist v. Oregon Department of Agriculture, 553 US 591 (2008) - Challenge to a “class-of-one theory” of equal protection in the public employment context.

Anna received her J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law, ranking first in her graduating class. Before joining the Oregon Department of Justice, Anna served as the judicial clerk for the Honorable Rives Kistler at the Oregon Court of Appeals. 

Anna has also served as a Lewis & Clark School of Law Adjunct Professor, teaching the Appellate Advocacy Moot Court class. She has presented at numerous continuing legal education classes, including Appellate Tips for Litigators – Planning Trials for Success on Appeal and Preserving Issues for Appeal