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Joy has 25 years of experience delivering practical employment-related advice, litigating labor and employment disputes, conducting workplace investigations, and advising independent and public schools.

Joy advises and represents employers. Her clients rely on her to provide practical advice and counsel on a broad range of employment law issues. In addition to her advice practice, Joy is a litigator who defends employers. She has successfully handled BOLI and EEOC complaints, and she regularly defends lawsuits in Oregon and Washington’s state and federal courts.

Joy also conducts workplace investigations and has a reputation as a fair, prompt and thorough fact finder. 

A unique segment of Joy’s practice involves advising and representing independent schools in virtually all aspects of their operations, including employment matters, educator misconduct, risk management, student and employee handbooks, student discipline, civil rights, enrollment contract and admission issues, education records, and head of school contracts.

Joy is a frequent speaker on various employment and school law topics. She regularly conducts on-site training on preventing educator misconduct, maintaining a harassment-free workplace, implementing leave laws, complying with wage and hour laws, and effective hiring and firing practices.

Professional Activities

  • Foster Garvey, Managing Director of Portland Office, 2023-present
  • Multnomah Bar Association, Member, 1995-present
    • Labor and Employment Law Section, Member, 1995-present
    • Litigation Section, Member, 1995-present
  • Oregon State Bar, Member, 1995-present
  • Washington State Bar, Member 1996-present

Blog Posts

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

Past Appearances



  • Oregon, 1995
  • Washington, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, 1998


  • J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School (magna cum laude), 1995
  • B.A., Yale University (magna cum laude), American Studies and Environmental Studies, 1991

Honors & Recognition

  • Chambers USA (Oregon), Leading Individual, Labor & Employment, 2022-present
  • The Best Lawyers in America©
    • Labor & Employment Litigation, Employment Law - Management and Labor Law - Management, 2013-present
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating
    • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
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