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Joy A. Thompson

Joy A. Thompson

New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings

100 Church Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10007


Joy Anastasia Thompson, Esq., has been an active member of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY) and its Brooklyn chapter since 2009. She joined the Brooklyn board in 2010, immediately serving as the Recording Secretary from 2010 to 2012, and then as a Vice President in 2016. In 2017, she became a statewide officer, serving first as Corresponding Secretary, then as a Vice President, President-Elect, and this past year, President. In 2012, Ms. Thompson received WBASNY’s Doris S. Hoffman Outstanding New Lawyer Award, which she considers a highlight of her career. Ms. Thompson was recently named to City & State’s 2021 Law Power 100 list of leading legal professionals in New York politics and government.

Ms. Thompson is committed to promoting the integrity and diversity of the legal profession and serving the underserved. She has chaired the Brooklyn Bar Association’s Diversity Committee since its creation in 2019. She is a member of the Committee on Character and Fitness for the 2nd, 10th, 11th, and 13th Districts (Appellate Division, 2nd Judicial Department). She is a member of the Legislative Affairs Committee of the Women in Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. She has volunteered with the Brooklyn Legal Pipeline Initiative and New York Cares, and she is a former mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters NYC. She is also an active member and chair of the Scholarship Committee of the Manhattan chapter of Soroptimist International, a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment.

A native New Yorker, Ms. Thompson was raised in Brooklyn. A career in newspaper journalism took Ms. Thompson from North Carolina to Southern California to Northern Virginia, during which time she received several professional writing awards.  Ms. Thompson received her J.D. in 2008 from William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she served as Co-Chair of the Institute of Bill of Rights Law (Student Division) and Symposium Editor of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal.  In her professional capacity, Ms. Thompson works as an Assistant General Counsel with New York City’s Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH). She is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey.