The American Lawyer has recognized Joseph M. Hanna, chair of Goldberg Segalla’s retail and hospitality and sports and entertainment practice groups, as a 2022 Northeast Trailblazer. With this distinction Joe is one of a select group of attorneys in the region identified as “agents of change who have made significant marks on practice, policy, and technological advancements in their areas of legal practice.”
Joe Hanna joined Goldberg Segalla in 2005 as the youngest associate ever hired at the firm. Today, he is a member of Goldberg Segalla’s five-person Management Committee responsible for the oversight of all aspects of client service, culture, investment, and strategic growth. As the firm’s hiring partner, Joe looks for attorneys who would fit well into the culture of teamwork and collaboration, and spearheads the firm’s dedication to increasing diversity in hiring and promotions. Joe founded and continues to chair Goldberg Segalla’s Diversity Task Force, a group of attorneys across the firm’s 22-office footprint dedicated to developing and implementing high-impact programs and giving diversity a voice in decision-making at the highest level. He is also a leading voice for diversity in the legal and business communities, and has held multiple leadership roles in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) as well as diversity-related positions within the American Bar Association (ABA), DRI, and other organizations.
In addition to his legal practice and leadership in diversity-focused initiatives, Joe is the founder and president of Bunkers in Baghdad, a nonprofit that collects and sends golf equipment to U.S. soldiers and veterans worldwide to aid in recreation and rehabilitation from injuries. Since 2008, Bunkers has shipped 13 million golf balls and 1 million clubs to U.S. soldiers and veterans in 75 countries and all 50 states.