Anna Joyce

Anna Joyce

Managing Shareholder

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 Oregon Court of Appeals. She has 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 levels.

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 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 currently leads the firm’s appellate team and is an important member of the Government Practice Group. Anna served as the Firm's Managing Shareholder from 2020 through 2021. 

Representative cases include:

  • Successfully representing the Oregon Legislature in its legal pursuit to obtain additional time (in light of the delay of Census Bureau data) to redraw the district boundaries of the state’s 90 House and Senate seats. Won a unanimous ruling from the Oregon Supreme Court for three additional months to complete redistricting. (Oregon Supreme Court)
  • 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

  • Best Lawyer, Best Lawyers in America, Appellate and Commercial litigation, 2019 — present
  • Super Lawyer, Oregon Super Lawyers, 2021
  • Board member, Outside In 
  • Member, Executive Committee, Appellate Section, Oregon State Bar; Chair, CLE subcommittee, 2019; Secretary, 2020, Treasurer, 2021
  • Member, Government Section, Oregon State Bar
  • Member, Owen Panner Inn of Court
  • Member, Portland Business Journal's BizWomen Coalition
  • Former member, Board of Directors, Dove Lewis Animal Hospital
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Willamette University, Atkinson School of Management — Certificate of Public Management
  • University of Oregon, School of Law — J.D., Order of the Coif
  • University of Oregon — B.A., summa cum laude

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