Joy has been practicing immigration law exclusively since 2007, representing couples in adjustment applications based on marriage and other family-based petitions. She advises bi-national LGBT couples and has a successful track record securing marriage-based permanent residency when one or both spouses are transgender. With the downfall of DOMA, she now regularly files adjustment applications on behalf of married same-sex couples.

Joy also focuses on employment-based immigration. She has particular experience obtaining visas for E Treaty Traders and Investors, H-1B Specialty Workers, L-1A Multinational Managers and L-1B Specialized Knowledge Employees, O Extraordinary Ability Foreign Nationals, and P Entertainers. She also has deep experience with the employment-based permanent-residency process, including PERM (labor certification) and I-140 immigrant petitions. A particular niche area of hers is advising and representing those in the field of Montessori education.

Prior to practicing immigration, Joy gained experience in employment, civil rights, and product liability class action litigation at California-based law firms. 


Georgetown University Law Center Washington, DC
JD, cum laude, University College London study abroad, summer 2004; Honors: Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law, International Law Best Exam; Publication: Same Sex Marriage and Domestic Partnerships, V Geo. J. Gender & L. 545 (2004)    

Golden Gate University School of Law San Francisco, CA
First-year JD coursework completed, (transferred to Georgetown University Law Center), 3.357 GPA, class rank 20/303; Honors: Merit Scholarship, Dean’s List, Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Property, CALI Award for Writing and Research    

University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
MA Program, Women’s Studies, 4.0 GPA, course work toward degree completed; Honors: Graduate Teaching Assistant Scholarship

Stephens College Columbia, MO
BFA, summa cum laude, 3.91 GPA, class rank 5/202; Honors: Dean’s List with High Honors all semesters, Secretary of Athena Chapter of Mortar Board, member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Sophomore Academic Honorary Society        


State Bar of California, District of Columbia Bar, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA).