Former state superior court Judge Shannon Joseph has joined the Morningstar Law Group in an effort to expand the firm’s litigation practice.

Joseph, who has previously served also as a North Carolina administration law judge, had been appointed to the superior court bench in January 2009 by then-Gov. Mike Easley. Her five-year term expired Jan. 8.

Prior to her time on the bench, Joseph was in private practice for more than a decade as a civil litigator with the Smith Moore law firm of Raleigh.