Law Office of Joan L. Jakel P.C.




The future belongs to
those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt


An entrepreneurial spirit has guided founder Joan Jakel for as long as she can remember. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Communication and an emphasis in Psychology, she started her first business, a commercial photography business. After several years in the business and a desire to assist other business owners, she returned to school to obtain her law degree at Gonzaga Law School. Her competitive nature kept her very active with Student Government, Client Counseling Competition, and competing to the national level in the Moot Court Competition before graduating Cum Laude from Gonzaga Law School.

Early in her practice, Joan worked as an associate at a law firm and established a business practice where she represented new businesses, partnerships, closely held companies and public companies. She then continued on her business and corporate path and served as General Counsel for a closely held corporation. As General Counsel, she led the Legal Department and Human Resource department and was heavily involved in all aspects of operations. During a period of fast-track growth and expansion, she managed the corporate legal affairs and provided business counseling to all levels of leadership.

In the wake of September 11, it was apparent to Joan that life can be wrenched from our grasp too quickly and it is important to identify and pursue your goals today. Following her own dreams, she immediately created the Law Office of Joan L. Jakel, P.C., a legal practice dedicated to her passion of advising and assisting business owners reach their dreams and goals.

Joan is admitted to practice in Arizona state court, federal district court and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. She is also very active in the business community. Joan has served on the Board of Directors of the Phoenix Theater and TruWest Credit Union and currently serves on the board of directors of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce. Joan also had the privilege to serve as the immediate past Chairwoman of the board of directors of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce. She has also chaired the Tempe Chamber’s Ambassador Committee, Nominating Committee and Business Excellence Committee. She has served on the Government Relations Committee and the Good Government Committee.

In 2004, Joan was the recipient of the Business Woman of the Year award. She was also recognized by the Business Journal as an East Valley Business Leader in the Spotlight. Joan is a proud graduate of Tempe Leadership Class XXI, which is a nine month leadership program. As part of her ongoing desire to educate, Joan has been a visiting presenter at Collins College, key speaker at the Rich Now Seminar, co-presenter of an HR seminar at the Tempe Chamber, and panel member at Tempe Leadership program addressing business issues. Joan believes in the value of contributing to her community and has contributed to the Florence Crittendon and Tumbleweed organizations, Tempe Cares, the MS Society, Seton Catholic High School’s athletic programs, St. Mary’s Food Bank, The Center for Habilitation, is an annual sponsor of her nephew’s baseball team and adopts cats and dogs from various rescue organizations.

In addition to staying abreast of the legal and business issues, Joan believes in striving for a healthy balance of mental, physical, and intellectual well-being. True to her beliefs, she competed in her first triathlon in the same year that she established her law firm. Since that time, she has competed in multiple endurance activities, including ultimate frisbee tournaments, duathlons, various road races, and the MS 150  which is a 150 mile bike ride to raise money for MS. Her favorite activities are running at sunset with her dog, Zorro, in South Mountain; road biking with her husband; horseback riding in the mountains; enjoying a fabulous red wine with great friends; reading an inspiring book and sharing it with others; attending a yoga class with healthy minded friends; attending her nephew’s baseball games; and traveling to various inspiring destinations with her husband.


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