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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 schools.

Joy advises and represents employers. She operates with the core belief that it is in the employer’s best interest to proactively address workplace challenges before they become problems or lawsuits. Employers rely on Joy 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 fair, prompt and thorough workplace investigations.

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.

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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