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Joy Mcmurry Chappell

Child custody Attorney at Mount Holly, NC

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2009
    Active No misconduct found

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About Joy

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Joy grew up in Lincolnton, North Carolina and moved to Gaston County in 2001, where she currently resides. She began her legal career as a paralegal for 13 years before becoming a lawyer in 2009. Her 23 years of experience in the legal field has served her well in that she has a compassionate client-centered approach to helping individuals and families obtain the best possible outcomes with their family law issues.

Joy graduated with her Master’s in Business Administration degree in 2003 and obtained her Juris Doctor degree in 2009. During law school, Joy had interned with the Gaston County Public Defenders’ office and for the Honorable Carl Horn, III in the Federal Court in the Western District of North Carolina.

Joy is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and the Federal Court in the Western District of North Carolina. She is a member of the Gaston County Bar, the North Carolina State Bar, and the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Joy is a volunteer attorney with the Gaston County Domestic Violence Legal Clinic through the Gaston County Sheriff’s Department and has also handled numerous pro bono cases with Legal Aid of Gastonia in family law related matters.

In her free time, Joy loves spending time with her son, hiking, traveling and attending fitness classes.

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Hegedus, Hawkins & Stancil, PLLC
129 W. Catawba Avenue
Mount Holly, NC, 28120


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  4 customer reviews
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Posted by Steven | April 29, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce settlement
Joy was great at catching and explaining things that my ex’s lawyer attempted to sneak in the settlement agreement. She, or her staff, kept me updated regularly on updates and changes in the process, I highly recommend her.
Posted by Josh | January 8, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Child custody and divorce
Joy worked very hard on my case even on weekend hours to make sure that I was afforded the opportunity to see my daughter. She had a tremendous fight against her considering what she was up against but she came through and I couldn't be happier with the results.
Posted by Steve | April 3, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Care Coordinator/Partners Behavioral Health
Joy helped me and my wife gain custody of two young girls who came from an abusive household. As a 3rd party, this was a daunting task, but Joy stuck with it for months and we won custody of the girls at trial. I could not recommend Joy enough, both as a lawyer and a human being.
Posted by Mandy | February 19, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent in the field of family practice
I was recommended to Ms. Chappell to handle my separation/divorce, property settlement and child custody issues. Due to some disagreements during my separation, she advised me of some options I would not have known I had, ones that benefited me in the long run. She walked me through everything from separation to property separation tactics to the final divorce. I always felt confident in the courtroom and at scheduled appointments because I truly felt she was looking for things that suited my best interest. I would highly recommend her to anyone I know.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • McIlveen Family Law Firm
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Arthurs & Foltz
  • 2012 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • Bogle and Anthony
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Fosbinder Law Firm
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Law Clerk
  • United States District Court For The Western District Of North Carolina
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Law Clerk
  • Gaston County Public Defender's Office
  • 2007 - 2007
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  • Charlotte School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • Regis University
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 2003
  • Gardner-Webb University
  • Business Administration
  • 2001
  • Gaston College
  • Associate of Applied Science
  • 1997
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Legal Cases

  • Crandall v. Crandall Gaston County District Court, Gaston Co, NC 16 CVD 4071
  • Won case for third-party non-parents
  • Lee v. Heilig - Gaston County District Court, Gaston County, NC 07 CVD 1417
  • Won primary custody for plaintiff - mother
  • NC Court of Appeals Fleming v. Fleming COA13-1347
  • Case was vacated and remanded to the trial court for determination of defendant's actual income, among other things.


  • Gaston County Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2018 - Present
  • Pro bono attorney with Domestic Violence Legal Clinic through the Gaston County Sheriff's Dept.
  • Pro bono attorney
  • 2013 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (4)
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Family Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"Joy is a passionate advocate for her clients. She is extremely dedicated and has an impressive in-depth understanding of family law. I would highly recommend Joy as your family law attorney."
Child support Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Joy is well known in the community and has an excellent reputation for honesty. She advocates fiercely for her clients and always keeps the client's best outcome in mind, not letting arguments become personal between herself and other attorneys. She is thoughtful and conscientious. While she certainly is not a pushover, she remains amicable even on highly contested cases, something that saves her clients money and hastens resolution."
Child custody Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Joy genuinely cares about her clients and the outcome of their family law cases. She gives every case the time and attention needed to get the best outcome for her clients. I highly recommend Joy to anyone who needs a child custody lawyer or divorce attorney."
Family Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"Joy is always willing to go above and beyond for her clients. As a colleague, she is always there to pitch in, answer questions, or help in any way."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"Joy is a wonderful attorney who genuinely cares about her clients. Her passion for family law is contagious and inspiring. She is smart, meticulous, and goes above and beyond to get the best result for her client. I highly recommend Joy to anyone searching for an experienced family law attorney."

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Mount Holly Child custody Lawyer Joy Mcmurry Chappell
Joy Mcmurry Chappell
Child custody Attorney
Mount Holly, NC
Licensed for 14 years