Joelle E. Polesky

Managing Counsel

Joelle Polesky


Joelle E. Polesky 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, a court with a long tradition as a reliable venue for intellectual property litigation, including patent and trademark litigation.

Joelle also serves as a Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she teaches a legal skills course offering legal, practical, and professional guidance in the context of civil litigation.

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Bar Admissions
  • Delaware
  • Pennsylvania
Court Admissions
  • Delaware Supreme Court
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • J.D., cum laude, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • B.S., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service

- Delaware State Bar Association

  • French
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