Joanna E. Varner

925 L Street

Sacramento, California 95814

Office: (916) 341-8363


Joanna Varner is a deputy legislative counsel.  She joined the office in 2009.

Ms. Varner is assigned to the Opinion Branch which develops and presents, either in written or oral form, the formal legal opinions of the Office of Legislative Counsel.

Previously, Ms. Varner was assigned to a branch of the office that handles laws relating to education, transportation, utilities, the environment, and food and agriculture.

Ms. Varner received her J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law where she graduated with great distinction and was awarded membership in the Order of the Coif. She was a primary comment editor and published a comment for the McGeorge Law Review. Ms. Varner received the Witkin Award for Health Law. She earned her undergraduate degree from Centre College where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in International Studies and French.

Ms. Varner is a member of the California State Bar.