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Joy has 20 years of experience delivering practical employment-related advice, litigating labor and employment disputes, and advising independent schools.

Joy advises and represents employers. She operates with the core belief that it is possible – and in the employer’s best interest – to proactively address workplace challenges before they become problems or lawsuits. Joy works with employers in all aspects of their employment-related legal needs, advising employers on reducing the risks associated with managing personnel; answering day-to-day questions about discipline, leave laws, accommodations, hiring and termination; developing and updating employee handbooks; investigating harassment and discrimination claims; and negotiating non-competition agreements, executive employment contracts, and severance agreements.

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.

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, as well as best practices for preventing harassment and discrimination, implementing leave laws, complying with wage and hour laws, and effectively hiring and firing.

Professional Activities

  • 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

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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
  • 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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