Joy has been practicing immigration law exclusively since 2007. Historically focused on employment-based immigration, particularly H-1B Specialty Workers and E Treaty Traders and Investors, she has deep experience with the employment-based permanent-residency process, including PERM (labor certification) and I-140 immigrant petitions, followed by adjustment of status or consular processing. A particular niche area of hers was advising and representing those in the field of Montessori education.

On the family side, she represents couples in consular processing and adjustment applications based on marriage and other family-based petitions. She is particularly known for her representation of bi-national LGBT couples, having counseled countless couples on legal options to remain together in the United States before the fall of DOMA, to filing scores of marriage-based adjustment applications post-DOMA. She also has a successful track record securing marriage-based permanent residency where both spouses are transgender, even pre-DOMA. Her practice also focuses on parent-child sponsorships, both adjusting status and consular processing. Joy specializes in removal of conditions for conditional residents as well as naturalization.

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

Joy is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.


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).