Lives: San Francisco, CA –
Joe is an attorney who practiced law for 35 years in Philadelphia where he litigated cases in the context of Chapter 11 business restructurings. In addition to his work as a restructuring lawyer, for four years Joe served as the City Solicitor–the head attorney for the City of Philadelphia–when Ed Rendell was Mayor. Later he served a five-year term as one of the five members of the School Reform Commission, the state-appointed body responsible for the management and operation of 350 public schools serving a student population in excess of 150,000.
For more than 30 years, Joe represented artists, writers, and art organizations as a pro bono lawyer through the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Joe and his wife, Amy Banse, moved to San Francisco in 2011 when Amy became the Managing Director and Head of Funds of Comcast Ventures. Since moving to the Bay Area, Joe has spent much of his time writing fiction and pursuing his interest in social and political cartooning. Joe recently completed serving as a Fellow in the Distinguished Careers Institute at Stanford University.
A lifelong squash player, he has worked with Squash Drive to develop a squash center in the Bay Area and has been involved in junior squash through his children.