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Ms. Easterwood is a member of the health care team at Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns LLP where she focuses her practice on data privacy and security compliance, breach response, health care technology agreements, general health care compliance, telemedicine, business transactions, clinical research, licensure, and regulatory matters. She regularly advises clients on how to navigate complex health care regulations as needed to facilitate health care program goals and also assists clients with regulatory inquiries and responses.  Part of Joy’s practice is focused on proactively assisting clients in establishing compliance and data privacy and security programs, policies, training, and processes as needed to meet regulatory expectations while also supporting operations.  She joins Johnson Pope after working as Counsel & Privacy Officer at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and has prior health care experience as in-house counsel and privacy officer with providers and in the payor industry as well.

Distinctions and Memberships

  • Member, the Florida Bar
  • Member, South Carolina Bar
  • The Florida Bar, Health Law Section
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Health Law Section
  • Adjunct Professor, Stetson University College of Law
  • American Health Law Association


  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 2008
  • Florida State University Bachelor of Science, Communication Studies & Psychology, Cum Laude

Presentations and Publications

  • Writer for Florida Bar Health Law Section updates, 2013-2015
  • “A Re-Cap of Privacy in 2016, and What to Expect in 2017,” Hillsborough County Bar Association, February 22, 2017
  • “What’s New with HIPAA: Enforcement and Phase 2 Audit Update,” Health Care Regulatory & Compliance course, The Florida Bar, November 4, 2016
  • “Regulatory Update and Helpful Tips for Representing a Client in the Wake of a Data Breach,” The Florida Bar, March 8, 2016
  • “Cyber Liability in Healthcare and Beyond,” Hillsborough County Bar Association, September 25, 2019
  • “Complete Medical Record Due Diligence Checklist,” Lorman Education Services, October 24, 2019
  • “The Current State of Telehealth in Florida,” The Florida Bar Health Law Section, February 11, 2020
  • “Compliance and Privacy Laws in Health Care,” Guest lecturer, Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida, January 22, 2020
  • AHLA’s Speaking of Health Law podcast link  “Tools for Ensuring Appropriate Access to PHI: OCR’s Access Initiative, Enforcement Actions, and Other Considerations”
  • “What’s Happening with HIPAA:  An Overview of Current HIPAA Happenings to Consider,” The Florida Bar, November 5, 2021
  • “Making Risk-Based Decisions About Managing Cybersecurity and HIPAA Compliance,” American Health Law Association podcast, December 28, 2021
  • “HIPAA, Data Privacy and Compliance,” Guest lecturer, Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida, November 4, 2022

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