Joanne Cicala

Joanne Cicala

Managing Partner

The Cicala Law Firm PLLC
101 College Street
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

office  / 512.275.6550

cell  /  917.860.6566

fax  /  512.858.1801

email  /  joanne@cicalapllc.com


Representative Cases

Fire & Police Pension Fund, San Antonio v. Cantor Fitzgerald & Co, et al, Cause No. 2012 CI 16513 (288th Judicial District Court, Bexar County, Texas 2012)).

State of Michigan v. McKesson Corporation, et al, Cause No. 11-629-C2 (30th Judicial Circuit, Ingham County, Michigan 2011)

State of Iowa v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al, MDL No. 1456, Master File No. 01-12257-PBS, Individual Case No. 07-CV-12141, United States District for the District of Massachusetts

The City of New York v. Abbott Labs., et al. (S.D.N.Y. No. 04-CV-06054), MDL No. 1456, Master File No. 01-12257-PBS, United States District for the District of Massachusetts, and the following individual matters:

County of Albany v. Abbott Labs., et al. (N.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-00425)

County of Allegany v. Abbott Labs., et al. (W.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-06231

County of Broome v. Abbott Labs., et al. (N.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-00456)

County of Cattaraugus v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (W.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-06242)

County of Cayuga v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (N.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-00423),

County of Chautauqua v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (W.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-06204)

County of Chemung v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (W.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-06744)

County of Chenango v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (N.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-00354)

County of Columbia v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (N.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-00867)

County of Cortland v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (N.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-00881)

County of Dutchess v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (S.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-06458)

County of Essex County v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (N.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-00878)

County of Fulton v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (N.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-00519)

County of Genesee v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (W.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-06206)

County of Greene v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (N.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-00474)

County of Herkimer v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (N.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-00415),

County of Jefferson v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (N.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-00715)

County of Lewis v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (N.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-00839)

County of Madison v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (N.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-00714)

County of Monroe v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (W.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-06148)

County of Niagara v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (W.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-06296)

County of Oneida v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (N.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-00489)

County of Onondaga v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (N.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-00088)

County of Ontario v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (W.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-06373)

County of Orleans v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (W.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-06371)

County of Putnam v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (S.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-04740)

County of Rensselaer v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (N.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-00422)

County of Rockland v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (S.D.N.Y. No. 03-CV-7055)

County of Saratoga v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (N.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-00478)

County of Schuyler v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (W.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-06387)

County of Seneca v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al.(W.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-06370)

County of St. Lawrence v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (N.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-00479)

County of Steuben v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (W.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-06223)

County of Suffolk v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (E.D.N.Y. No. CV-03-229)

County of Tompkins v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (N.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-00397)

County of Ulster v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (N.D.N.Y. No. 06-CV-0123)

County of Warren v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (N.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-00468)

County of Washington v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (N.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-00408)

County of Wayne v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (W.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-06138)

County of Westchester v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (S.D.N.Y. No. 03-CV-6178)

County of Wyoming v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (W.D.N.Y. No. 03-CV-6379)

County of Yates v. Abbott Labs., Inc., et al. (W.D.N.Y. No. 05-CV-06172)

The City of New York v. The Purdue Pharma Company, et al, Cause No. 04-CT-3499 (SDNY 2004);

The City of New York v. GlaxoSmithKline PLC, et al, Cause No. 04-CV-2134-PG (D.PA 2004);

Reynolds v. Beneficial National Bank (Cause Nos. 1:98-cv-02550, 1:98-cv-02178 (NDIL 1998); approval of class action settlement and attorney fee award reversed and remanded decision by U.S. Appeals Court, 288 F.3d 277 (7th Cir. 2002);

 Joanne is an experienced civil litigator who specializes in complex commercial matters in both state and federal court, primarily representing plaintiffs. Joanne’s practice focuses on public client litigation, fraud in the healthcare space, class actions, commercial disputes, community advocacy, consumer protection, breach of contract and false claims.

Prior to founding The Cicala Law Firm, PLLC, Joanne was one of five equal managing partners of the firm Kirby McInerney, LLP based in New York City and founded more than 65 years ago. Joanne practiced with Kirby for over 16 years concentrating on Medicaid fraud, consumer fraud, class actions, antitrust and securities fraud matters. Joanne established Kirby McInerney’s Texas office in 2003 and managed it thereafter. She also established and managed Kirby McInerney’s health care practice. Prior to Kirby McInerney, Joanne worked as a litigation associate with the firm now known as Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, also in New York City.

Joanne has substantial experience representing public entities- states, counties and city actors seeking to recover taxpayer monies . She has served as Special Counsel to the State of Iowa, Special Assistant Attorney General to the State of Michigan and lead counsel for the City of New York and 43 New York counties.  Joanne represented these public clients on protracted matters involving violations of their respective State False Claims Acts by prescription drug manufacturers.  These cases ultimately returned over $275 million to the states’ Medicaid Programs.  Notable decisions include the award of partial summary judgment to the New York plaintiffs; the determination that the Attorney General of the State of Iowa could bring a claim under the Iowa UDAP Statute; and, the determination that the State of Michigan had successfully pled a cause for money damages under its new Medicaid False Claims Act.  Link to Notable Cases

Joanne also has extensive experience representing state and national classes, individuals, private companies and unions in both litigation and arbitration contexts. Joanne also advises clients on litigation avoidance strategies and alternative dispute resolution.

Other Professional Experience

Prior to and during law school, Joanne worked for the City of New York on the implementation of the 1988 Family Support Act (specifically its Welfare-to-Work Requirements).  Joanne began in the procedures and training unit of the Human Resources Administration (translating legislation and regulation into field office procedures; thereafter training civil service staff throughout the City).  She then transitioned over to the HRA Legislative Affairs office (drafting position papers reflecting the City’s views on proposed legislation pertaining to welfare reform issues) and ultimately returned to field work as an HRA Site Manager at two welfare reform centers (supervising civil service staff of 50+ personnel serving thousands of clients weekly in connection with the City program).  Joanne maintained that job while attending Fordham Law School at night.

During and after her undergraduate years at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Joanne worked for Boston University’s Center for Democracy, based in Washington, DC.  In addition to organizing international democratic development projects in Central America and Europe, Joanne helped prepare grant applications to USAID resulting in over $1.5 million in funding for legislative initiatives in Guatemala.

Admissions

State Bars of Texas, New York and New Jersey

All United States District Courts for New York and New Jersey

United States District Courts for the Western, Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas

United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Seventh and Eighth Circuits.

Education

Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, B.S.F.S., 1987

Fordham University Law School J.D., 1994

Community Service Activities

2012-2017 Member/President, Dripping Springs Education Foundation Board of Directors

Professional Associations

Member, Texas Municipal League

National Association of Public Pension Fund Attorneys

American Bar Association (Health Law Section)

Austin Bar Association

County Attorney Association for the State of New York

Contact

email  |   Joanne@cicalapllc.com