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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 as an Honors Attorney at the Department of Human Services and Division of Child Support.  She then joined the Appellate Division, which represents the State in state and federal court cases.  At the Department of Justice, Anna moved up the ranks from Assistant Attorney General, to Assistant Attorney-in-Charge, to Deputy Solicitor General, to her 2011 appointment as Oregon’s Solicitor General, a position that directly reports to Oregon’s Attorney General.   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 Oregon, and federal appellate courts.  

In 2015, Anna decided to honor her true nature and embrace her roots as a legal writer and appellate scholar.  She now focuses her energy on developing and writing winning arguments for trial and on appeal.  Anna is a member of Markowitz Herbold’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 in the 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 in the 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 in the Washington Supreme Court.

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 as an Honors Attorney at the Department of Human Services and Division of Child Support.  She then joined the Appellate Division, which represents the State in state and federal court cases.  At the Department of Justice, Anna moved up the ranks from Assistant Attorney General, to Assistant Attorney-in-Charge, to Deputy Solicitor General, to her 2011 appointment as Oregon’s Solicitor General, a position that directly reports to Oregon’s Attorney General.   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 Oregon, and federal appellate courts.  

In 2015, Anna decided to honor her true nature and embrace her roots as a legal writer and appellate scholar.  She now focuses her energy on developing and writing winning arguments for trial and on appeal.  Anna is a member of Markowitz Herbold’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 in the 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 in the 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 in the Washington Supreme Court.

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.