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Suite 2000
San Diego, CA 92101

Los Angeles
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52nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071

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Irvine, CA 92614


J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 2010

  • Editor, Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues
  • Chair, Dean Student Advisory Council
  • Recipient, Judge Gerald Brown Award

B.S., summa cum laude, Journalism, University of Colorado at Boulder

Joni B. Flaherty is a partner with the Intellectual Property, Business Litigation, and Product Liability practice groups. Her practice focuses on the representation of businesses in a broad range of matters, including complex business litigation, consumer class actions, antitrust, product liability, premises liability, fraud and misrepresentation claims, and unfair competition actions. Ms. Flaherty also handles a variety of intellectual property matters, including disputes regarding trade secrets, copyrights, and product licensing, and trademark litigation and registrations. She has handled IP, antitrust, and other commercial matters involving various business sectors, including the higher education, consumer products, food and beverage, financial, and tech industries, and for professional organizations and nonprofits.

Ms. Flaherty’s litigation experience includes all phases of trial, from successfully briefing and arguing motions to dismiss, through discovery, and to trial or favorable settlement. She has represented clients in federal and state courts, in mediation and arbitration, and is well-versed in federal procedure and electronic discovery. Ms. Flaherty also has experience with appellate practice and procedure, and has drafted and submitted briefs to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of her clients.

Ms. Flaherty received her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law where she served as an editor of the Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues. Prior to joining Gordon & Rees, Ms. Flaherty worked in a boutique business litigation firm in San Diego.

Outside of the office, Ms. Flaherty enjoys snow and water skiing, sailing, and updating her 1930s home. She is actively involved in the San Diego community and has focused her efforts on promoting inclusion and furthering the advancement of women. Ms. Flaherty sits on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of San Diego, part of an international nonprofit organization committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. She also serves as an active member of the Lawyers Club of San Diego and is currently a member of its Human Trafficking Task Force.


Colorado (inactive in good standing)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California


Lawyers Club of San Diego, Human Trafficking Task Force, Advocacy Committee
American Inns of Court, The Honorable William B. Enright Chapter, Barrister Member

Community Involvement

Junior League of San Diego, Board of Directors
San Diego Yacht Club