About Joanna Sattler

Joanna is a tutor with the Law School Toolbox and Bar Exam Toolbox. Joanna grew up in southern California, where she now lives with her husband and 4 young boys. Before returning to Los Angeles, however, Joanna spent her undergraduate years in Middlebury, Vermont and then worked in outdoor education for several years in New Hampshire, Maine, Nova Scotia, and throughout the mountains and deserts of California. While at Middlebury College, Joanna served as a Peer Writing Tutor and also tutored students at the local high school in reading and writing.

Joanna graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 2005. While in law school, she served as the Executive Editor of the Writing Program for the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review. Joanna began her legal career with a one-year fellowship in the Office of the General Counsel at Johns Hopkins University, where she developed an interest in employment law. Upon completing the fellowship, she took a job with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP in Los Angeles in their Employment Litigation group, where she worked for approximately 8 years. At Manatt, Joanna was active in the Summer Associate Program, serving as a Mentor and as an Assignment Coordinator.

Currently, Joanna works as a neutral investigator, conducting investigations of workplace complaints and helping clients resolve workplace disputes.

Alternative Careers – Investigator for Workplace Complaints

Please welcome Joanna Sattler, Law School Toolbox tutor, to discuss her alternative legal career as a workplace investigator.

I’m the child of no fewer than three lawyers (if you count my stepmother, that is). All three practiced law upon graduating from law school and pursued “traditional” legal careers (two at large firms, the third in-house). As such, I had a certain view of what lawyers did and a (fairly) certain path I planned to pursue: work at a large law firm after graduating and then, maybe, try to work in-house. (At the time, I didn’t realize I could go in-house straight from law school; I truly thought there was one path and one path only!)

A planner by nature, I followed my plan. I worked hard in law school. I summered at a large firm and received an offer of post-graduation employment. Although I didn’t take that job (I didn’t love the firm’s satellite office in the city where I planned to live), I took another firm job soon after passing the California bar.

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