Joelle E. Polesky L'97
Lecturer in Law
Joelle E. Polesky, counsel at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP, and a 1997 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, has broad experience in many areas of civil litigation, with a focus on corporate and commercial litigation. Joelle has appeared in all the major courts in Delaware, and has extensive knowledge of practice and procedures in the Supreme Court, Court of Chancery and Superior Court of Delaware.
Prior to joining Stradley Ronon, Joelle was in public service for several years. She acted as a deputy attorney general at the Delaware Department of Justice, Fraud and Consumer Protection division, prosecuting civil and criminal fraud matters, including litigation of a dispute over a multibillion dollar trust impacting access to, and quality of, health care in Delaware, and litigation relating to a major ratings agency’s representations regarding ratings accuracy in connection with the 2008 financial crisis. She also investigated and prosecuted complaints of attorney violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct for the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. Before working in public service, Joelle was a partner at a Wilmington-based law firm, where she concentrated on corporate litigation, including advancement and books and records actions, fiduciary duty, shareholder and derivative matters, and alternative entity disputes. At the beginning of her career, Joelle clerked for Hon. Roderick R. McKelvie in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.
Joelle received her B.S. magna cum laude from Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, and her J.D. cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she served as an editor on the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.