Joy N. Eakley is a member of the Littler CaseSmart® team and is based in South Carolina. As a brief writer assigned to single plaintiff litigation matters, she formulates and executes briefing strategy for cases. She evaluates and selects legal authority that supports the facts and circumstances of each case and prepares substantive briefs and motions, including complex dispositive motions, motions to compel arbitration, discovery motions and briefings concerning other strategic issues.

Joy has experience representing clients in a broad spectrum of employment disputes and general commercial litigation matters in both state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies. She has extensive experience counseling HR professionals and in-house counsel regarding compliance with federal, state and local employment laws, including:

  • The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) and state mini-WARN Acts
  • State and local wage and hour laws and paid sick leave laws
  • Federal and state whistleblower laws

Prior to joining the legal profession, Joy worked in the entertainment industry. She remains actively involved in the arts.

*Not licensed to practice law in South Carolina.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member, Board of Directors

Caritas Acapella Ensemble


Named, Rising Star

Super Lawyers

2011-2015, 2017

Order of the Coif

News, Analysis & Press

N.J. Trade Secrets Act: What Will the Impact Be?

New Jersey Law Journal

January 9, 2012

New Jersey Supreme Court To Employers: Discriminatory Pay Decisions Made In Years Gone By May Haunt You For Years To Come

Chartis Insurance Issues Management Group Legal Insights Newsletter

Winter 2011

Court Opens Pandora's Box for Lost Wages in Retaliation Cases

Employee Benefit Plan Review

August 2011

Books & Book Chapters

  • The Insider’s Guide to the New Jersey Appellate Courts, Appellate Practice Compendium, Chapter 46, American Bar Association, chapter co-authors: A. L. Isacoff, K. M. Sundstrom, R. B. Visvader, 2012


  • J.D., Rutgers School of Law, Newark, 2007With High Honors
  • B.A., Kean University, 1992

Bar Admission

New Jersey
New York


  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey