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Joy-Michele Johnson  jjohnson​

In 2002, Joy-Michele earned her Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall Law School in Newark, New Jersey. She was admitted to the Bars of the State of New Jersey and United States District Court for the District of New Jersey in 2002, the State of New York in 2003, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in 2005. During law school, Joy-Michele worked part-time as a paralegal in the Legal and Compliance Department of First Montauk Securities in Red Bank, New Jersey, she completed a first-year judicial summer internship for the Honorable F. Michael Giles, J.S.C. in the criminal division in Essex County, and, in her third-year, participated in Seton Hall's Juvenile Justice Clinic.

Following law school, Joy-Michele served as a law clerk to the Honorable Michael D. Farren, J.S.C. (deceased), the Presiding Judge of the criminal part in Monmouth County for the 2002-2003 term. From 2003 to 2015 she practiced primarily in Monmouth County in the areas of insurance defense, plaintiff's personal injury, workers' compensation and criminal defense.  She has tried both jury and non-jury trials to conclusion in the Superior and Municipal Courts of the State of New Jersey.

Joy-Michele first joined Sweet Pasquarelli, P.C. as an associate in April of 2010 and continued here until early 2013.  She returned to Sweet Pasquarelli in March 2015.  In 2011, she was selected as a Rising Star in personal injury litigation by New Jersey Super Lawyers, New Jersey Monthly Magazine. 

Prior to law school, she grew up in Middletown, New York and graduated from St. Michael's College in Winooski Park, Vermont in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and American Studies. At St. Mike's, Joy-Michele was a four-year member of the varsity swim team and volunteered through the American Red Cross as an adaptive aquatics instructor for the disabled. She also worked as a writing coach in the college's Writing Center, assisting undergraduate and graduate students with all phases of academic writing.

Joy-Michele has lived in Keyport, New Jersey since 2008 and became very involved in her community as a volunteer and elected official.  In 2011 she served on the Unified Planning Board.  In November 2011, she was elected to a three year term on the Borough Council, during which she also served as the Police Commissioner.  She also served on the Business Improvement District Board until 2015.  She was awarded the 2012 President's Award by the Keyport First Aid Squad for her volunteer efforts at the temporary housing shelter following Hurricane Sandy.  She  currently volunteers as an appointed Assistant Office of Emergency Managment Coordinator for Keyport and serves as an Alternate Board Member of the Board of Directors for the Leisure Bay Apartments in Keyport.

Joy-Michele also serves as a part-time Municipal Prosecutor for the Borough of Carteret.

In her private life, she is an avid runner and triathlete and practices yoga daily.