Joy C. Rosenquist has had an illustrious career in the public and private sectors for the past two decades, most recently serving as the assistant chief counsel for the State of California Department of Developmental Services. There she supervised a team of 12 attorneys and two staff handling a wide variety of employment issues involving discrimination/harassment/retaliation, COVID-19 policies, workplace violence, and traditional labor, to name just a few. She litigated matters in state and federal court, defending multiple departments and agencies in the public sector throughout her career. She has practiced labor and employment litigation and advice and counsel work for the past 11 years at the State, with a recent emphasis on COVID-19, implementation of executive orders and related mandates, and leave entitlements. In addition, she provided advice and counsel on employment law issues, labor implications, reasonable accommodation, leaves of absence and discipline/termination best practices. Joy is skilled at workplace investigations, as well, having oversight of internal and third party investigators while employed at the State.  

Between 2001 and 2011, Joy practiced employment law with several private practice firms in the Sacramento area, developing a diverse practice including public sector litigation and advice work, trade secret and employee misappropriation cases, NLRB arbitrations related to contested elections, a jury trial and administrative hearings at the city and county level.

Joy serves as a California liaison for Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute (WPI). Joy focuses on California state legislative and regulatory developments in employment and labor law, as well as municipal ordinances and regulation of the workplace. She assists the employer community in understanding and impacting California legislation before it becomes law.

Professional & Community Affiliations


Past Chair of Grants and Award Committee

Women Lawyers of Sacramento


Sacramento County Bar Association

Volunteer Instructor

Local high school moot court team

Member, Negotiations Competition Team

University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law



Leadership Development Institute

News, Analysis & Press

Computing Litigation

Comstock Magazine

May 1, 2011

Speaking Engagements

Sexual Harassment and Anti-Discrimination

Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Academy


  • J.D., University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, 2001with honors
  • B.A., University of California, Davis, 1998with honors

Bar Admission



  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California