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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. There she was involved with executive management in overseeing regulations, legislation, and coordinating with the Health and Human Service Agency, as well as the Governor’s office on employment law compliance issues. She supervised a legal team of attorneys and handled a wide variety of employment issues in advising public entities. Joy provided house counsel advice on discrimination/harassment/retaliation, COVID-19 compliance, workplace violence, and traditional labor, to name just a few.

Joy has 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 implementation of executive orders, legislation, oversight of regulations, and drafting trailer bill legislation. 

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. With Joy’s unique background in governmental affairs and regulatory practice, she is skilled at representing public entities on all facets of statutory and municipal compliance and related litigation and ordinances.

Joy also provides advice and counsel on pay equity and compliance and related employment law issues. Joy is skilled at workplace audits and investigations, 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.

Professional & Community Affiliations


Past Chair of Grants and Award Committee

Women Lawyers of Sacramento


Sacramento County Bar Association

Volunteer Moot Court Judge

McGeorge School of Law, UC Davis School of Law

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

Pay Transparency and Disclosure Laws: Best Employer Practices

LexisNexis|Practical Guidance

August 1, 2023

An ‘AI Summer’ in California?

SHRM Online

July 25, 2023

The Littler Annual Employer Survey 2023

Littler Report

May 10, 2023

Los Angeles Adopts Fair Workweek Measures

SHRM Online

February 14, 2023

Remote Work Means Pay Transparency May Be Borderless

Law360 Employment Authority

February 3, 2023

4 Calif. Discrimination Laws That Will Take Effect In 2023

Law360 Employment Authority

January 6, 2023

New Calif. Laws Employers Should Have On Their Radar

Law360 Employment Authority

October 14, 2022

Computing Litigation

Comstock Magazine

May 1, 2011

Speaking Engagements

2023 Littler AI Summit

Washington, DC

September 21, 2023

Pay Transparency

California State HR Advocacy & Legislative Conference

April 13, 2023

July is the New January

July 19, 2022

Update on New 2022 Laws

California Delivery Association

June 15, 2022

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