Joshua D. Xavier is an associate attorney at Sinapi Law Associates, Ltd. and has been a part of our team since May of 2016. Joshua’s primary areas of practice are employment law and civil rights law, including the following topics: discrimination, retaliation, harassment, leave acts, unemployment benefits, severances, minimum wage, overtime, misclassification claims, police misconduct, malicious prosecution, and equal protection.
Prior to joining Sinapi Law Associates, Ltd., Joshua worked as an associate at Kiernan, Plunkett & Redihan, LLP where he was assigned to the motion calendar. From 2014-2015, Joshua served as a judicial law clerk to the Rhode Island Superior, Family, and District Courts during which he drafted numerous judicial decisions involving various areas of law including those of employment discrimination and unemployment insurance.
Joshua is a graduate of Roger Williams University School of Law where he was awarded a scholarship as one of only two Public Interest Scholars in his class, and from where he graduated with cum laude honors. During law school, Joshua completed judicial internships with Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, as well as with Justice O. Rogeriee Thompson in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Moreover, Joshua earned a position on the Roger Williams University School of Law Moot Court Board and was elected to serve as the President of the Multi-Cultural Law Students Association (“MCLSA”). As a member of the Moot Court Board, he competed in a national appellate brief-writing and oral-argument competition. As the President of the MCLSA, he organized several events, including an annual event wherein multiple federal and state judges encourage law students from multi-cultural backgrounds to apply for judicial law clerkships.
Joshua is licensed to practice law in both the federal and state courts of Rhode Island.
Joshua is a board member for the Rhode Island Center for Justice, which is a non-profit public interest law center that partners with community groups to strengthen existing advocacy and service provision with legal representation and strategy. The Rhode Island Center for Justice’s legal practice areas—including housing, immigration, and workers’ rights—reflect the most pressing needs of low-income people in the State of Rhode Island.
Finally, Joshua earned a B.S. in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University in 2010.