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I am an attorney in Boise, Idaho licensed to practice law in all state and federal courts in Idaho. Most of my work  is concentrated in contract disputes, complex commercial litigation, insurance claims (including personal injury matters), and civil rights and discrimination litigation. I firmly believes that maintaining open lines of communication is an essential part of all of my client relationships, and will spend as much time as is needed to make sure my clients understand what is happening in their case. The litigation business is difficult, but I can get you through it.



Joy's Education and Background


I graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences with an Emphasis in Public Policy and Administration.

I  obtained my Juris Doctorate with Distinction from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 2007. And, prior to joining Jones & Swartz PLLC in 2008, I worked as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Michael J. Kraker in Minnesota’s 9th Judicial District.


While in law school, I became a member of the North Dakota Law Review in 2006 and served as an Associate Editor from 2006-2007. My article regarding statutory protection for emotional abuse in circumstances of domestic violence was published in the Journal in 2005.  I  practiced before the state and federal courts of North Dakota as a certified student attorney in the School of Law’s Housing and Employment Litigation Clinic during 2006 and 2007. While participating in the Litigation Clinic, I developed, oversaw the execution of, and authored the Executive Report on the North Dakota Civil Legal Needs Assessment; a survey of indigent and under-represented North Dakotans, endorsed by the State Bar Association of North Dakota, North Dakota Legal Services, and the School of Law. 



Professional Standing & Affiliations


I became a member of the Minnesota State Bar in 2007.  While I still holds a valid Minnesota license, I has voluntarily elected to restrict my ability to practice law in Minnesota for the time being.


I became a member of the Idaho State Bar in 2008. I am admitted to practice before all state and federal courts of Idaho. 


In December 2012, I was pleased to accept a position on the Board of Directors for Idaho Women Lawyers.  In July 2012, as an active member of IWL, I was the co-chair of the CLE Committee that presented Lauren Stiller Rikleen, author of "Ending The Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women's Success in Law," as its keynote speaker for at the Idaho State Bar 2012 Annual Conference.  Ms. Rikleen focused her CLE on: 1) unconcious biases in the practice of law, and 2) fostering the strengths of a multi-generational workforce.



Joy In the Community


In April 2012, I was excited to be matched with my first "Little" through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of SW Idaho.  I still enjoy shrugging off the seriousness of the legal profession and kidding around, having adventures and trying new activities with my Little.


Since December 2011, I have been member of the Board of Directors for Idaho Advantage Credit Union. In early 2013, as a Director, I was involved in the merger of two healthy credit unions, Idaho Advantage Credit Union with Potelco United Credit Union.  The two credit unions have, together, become Connections Credit Union and are now connected and servicing members throughout southern Idaho.



Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 30%
    8 years
  2. Contracts: 20%
    8 years
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
    8 years
  4. Civil Rights: 20%
    8 years, 8 cases
  5. Employment: 10%
    6 years



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  • Eric Brian Swartz

    I endorse this lawyer. Joy is a great lawyer and client counselor. She holds her own in court and holds paramount her clients' goals going to great lengths to accomplish the same.


    Eric Swartz Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Jones & Swartz PLLC

P0 Box 7808
1673 W Shoreline Dr [83702]
Boise, ID, 83707-1808


IDAuthorized to practice law200801/12/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Leaders in Law Up and Coming AttorneyIdaho Business Review2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyJones & Swartz PLLC2008 - Present
Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Michael J. KrakerState Of Minnesota Ninth Judicial District2007 - 2008
Certified Student AttorneyHousing and Employment Litigation Clinic, UND Law2006 - 2007
Judical Extern to the Honorable Sonja ClappN.E. Central Judicial District, State of North Dakota2005 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Idaho State Bar Litigation SectionMember2013 - Present
United States Supreme Court BarMember2013 - Present
Idaho Women LawyersBoard of Directors2012 - Present
Big Brothers Big Sisters of SW IdahoBig2012 - Present
Connections Credit UnionBoard of Directors2011 - Present
Idaho Women LawyersMember2010 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
State Bar Association of North DakotaLegal Services of North Dakota, North Dakota Civil Legal Needs Assessment for Civil Matters, Executive Summary2008
North Dakota Law ReviewProtecting Victims by Working Around the System and Within the System: Statutory Protection for Emotional Abuse in the Domestic Violence Context2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Dakota School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor with Distinction2007
Northern Arizona UniversityEnvironmental Sciences; Political SciencesBS - Bachelor of Science2002
University of Oslo School of LawN/ASummer Exchange ProgramN/A