Joy has practiced law in Cookeville for thirty years, focusing for the past fifteen years in the areas of estate planning, probate, and trusts. She also handles conservatorship work, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, succession planning, and adoptions.
Joy is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available for legal ability and ethical standards. She is a member of the Probate and Tax Section of the Tennessee Bar Association, the Putnam County Bar Association, and past President of the Upper Cumberland Lawyers Association for Women. Joy is special City Judge for the City of Cookeville. She served as a law clerk to Federal Judge L. Clure Morton from 1985 to 1987.
Upon graduation from the University of Tennessee College of Law, Joy was awarded membership in the Order of the Coif, an honor given to those in the top ten percent of their law school class. She won the American Jurisprudence awards in real property, torts, and creditor’s rights. Joy holds a B.S. Degree from TTU in Business Administration.
Joy, and her son, Adam, own and operate Gothard Farms, specializing in registered Limousin cattle. She is a Master Beef Producer, certified by the UT Extension Office in Putnam County.