Hoeper Named Among California's Top 50 Women Litigators
Prestigious Annual Ranking by Daily Journal Credits City Attorney Litigation Chief With Being Key Reason Wrongdoers 'Don't Mess With the City of San Francisco'
SAN FRANCISCO (June 30, 2003) -- City Attorney Dennis Herrera applauded an honor bestowed on Deputy City Attorney Joanne Hoeper in today's edition of the statewide legal newspaper, the Daily Journal, which named his office's litigation chief among the Top 50 Women Litigators in California.
"We're glad to see one of the state's major legal newspapers recognize something we've known for a long time here at the San Francisco City Attorney's Office," Herrera said. "Jo Hoeper's legal skills, energy and dedication have made an enormous contribution to the public integrity of our City, while exacting an enormous price from those who've sought to cheat and defraud San Francisco taxpayers. Jo is a public wrongdoer's worst nightmare, and we congratulate her on this well-deserved recognition."
Before joining the City Attorney's Office in 1994, Hoeper practiced complex litigation with the San Francisco firm Morrison & Foerster while pursuing international human rights claims as part of her pro bono efforts. Given her extensive experience addressing rights abuses in Guatemala and Argentina, the transition into public service was a natural one.
According to the listing in the June 30 edition of Daily Journal's Extra, Hoeper "leads the city's effort to stamp out public corruption through aggressive legal action," which includes a $300 million lawsuit on behalf of the San Francisco Unified School District against Raleigh, N.C.-based Progress Energy Corp., a Fortune 250 company, and one of the company's subsidiaries for a sophisticated scheme to defraud San Francisco schools of millions of dollars in association with a large energy savings contract.
According to the Daily Journal, the annual listing of the Top 50 Women Litigators in California represents "today's stars," who have "redefined the stage on which women perform and utterly changed the heights to which they can climb."
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