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Joyce E Kitchens

Joyce E Kitchens

Practice areas:

Employment & Labor, Litigation

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Attorney Joyce Kitchens is a founding member of Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC, Ms. Kitchens graduated from the Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia.  Following law school, she served as a staff attorney with the Department of Veterans Affairs where she was promoted to Assistant District Counsel. She defended the agency in cases involving claims of employment discrimination, personal injury, medical malpractice, and contract disputes.


Attorney Joyce Kitchens is the Past President of the Federal Bar Association and a frequent speaker for continuing legal education seminars.  She has been appointed as the Guardian for forty-seven wards, safeguarding their estates, and has also served as a mediator, arbitrator, and court-appointed Guardian Ad Litem.  Ms. Kitchens has been listed in the Directory of Pre-Eminent Lawyers, International Who’s Who of Professionals, and Who’s Who of American Women.


Ms. Kitchens has authored a number of professional articles, including Alternative Dispute Resolution in Federal Court, Federal Civil Practice, April 22, 1999; Judicial Profile – The Honorable Joseph A. Hatchett, The Federal Lawyer, September, 1997; Developing/Protecting the Record for Appeal, Federal Appellate Practice, May 31, 1996; and Attorneys’ Fees Petitions under Fee Shifting Statutes, Federal Practice and Procedure, April 28, 1995, and a book, Federal Sector Guide to the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act and the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act, Dewey Publications, Inc., 2006.


Her representation has included individuals, small businesses, government agencies, and municipalities. She has had extensive involvement in the areas of employment discrimination, including representation of federal employees. She also has served as a volunteer with Interfaith Volunteer Lawyers representing indigent defendants in Fulton County Municipal Court.


Languages Spoken: English, French

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1982

  1. Litigation: 50%
  2. Employment & Labor: 50%



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MSPB Attorneys

264 North Jackson Street
Ste 200
Athens, GA, 30601



GAActive Member in Good Standing 198206/04/2013

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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Distinguished Service AwardKiwanis1991
Special Achievement AwardDepartment of Veterans Affairs1990
Special Achievement AwardDepartment of Veterans Affairs1983


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Federal Bar AssociationPast PresidentN/A
Georgia Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Supreme Court of GeorgiaMemberN/A
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh CircuitMemberN/A
U. S. Court of Appeals for the Federal CircuitMemberN/A
United States Tax CourtMemberN/A
United States Court of Military AppealsMemberN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Weathersbe v. U.S. Postal Service, 117 MSPR 698 (Merit Systems Protection Board, 2012)Settled, 2012
Rowe v. Dept. of the Navy, 116 MSPR 679 (Merit Systems Protection Board, 2011)Settled

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Publication NameTitleDate
Dewey PublicationsUSERRA/VEOA Deskbook2012
Dewey PublicationsFederal Sector Guide to the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act and the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act2006


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
Purdue UniversityN/AMA - Masters1972