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Joy N. Beitzel

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Maple Grove, Minnesota

Joy Nissen Beitzel practices in the areas of divorce, custody, child support, and paternity.  Prior to joining Terzich & Ort, she represented clients in family law, criminal law, and civil litigation matters, including appellate work, at Guzior Armbrecht Maher in Minneapolis.  She enjoys working with clients from all walks of life and finds great satisfaction in helping people navigate Minnesota’s legal system.  She is also active in representing pro bono clients through the Volunteer Lawyers Network.  Her favorite aspect of family law is the focus on early alternative dispute resolution, which gives parties the opportunity to reach agreements where possible before investing significant time and financial resources into litigation.

During law school, Joy worked as a Certified Student Attorney for the Ramsey County Attorney’s office, where she represented the County in more than 250 hearings dealing with paternity and child support matters. While in law school, Joy also participated in a winning civil rights appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She assisted in the briefing process and personally appeared in oral argument before the Court in San Francisco, California. See Nordstrom v. Ryan, 762 F.3d 903 (9th Cir. 2014). In addition, Joy was a Minnesota Justice Foundation (MJF) law clerk for Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, where she represented clients in immigration matters.

Joy grew up in Nebraska and has spent time in Latin America, where she researched the development of property rights in urban Honduras.  She enjoys working with immigrants, especially the Latino community.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time outside and trying local restaurants with her husband in South Minneapolis.  Joy is also active in ministries through her church.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2014


  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D. cum laude - 2014
  • Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois
    • B.A. summa cum laude - 2010
    • Major: International Relations
    • Major: Spanish
    • Major: Certificate in Human Needs and Global Resources

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Guzior Armbrecht Maher, Associate Attorney, 2014 - 2015
  • Ramsey County Attorney's Office, Certified Student Attorney, 2012 - 2014

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Lawyers Network


  • English (Primary)
  • Spanish