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Joy Owenby

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Joy Owenby Senior Attorney


Attorney Joy N. Owenby is a skilled and compassionate Jacksonville attorney who has dedicated her professional career to helping others. As a Senior Attorney at Owenby Law, P.A., Joy drives our mission to provide individuals and families facing unfamiliar legal proceedings with honest, reliable, and passionate advocacy, and has earned herself and our firm numerous honors and accolades along the way.

With a "Superb" 10/10 Avvo rating, Joy has proven herself in a number of challenging and high stakes practice areas, including: divorce and family lawestate planning, and criminal defense. While her breadth of experience is varied, her work is shaped by personalized service and her ability to place herself in clients’ shoes in order to fully understand their feelings and goals.

Background & Experience

Joy’s background is a testament to her drive and dedication. From teaching high school, being a deputy clerk, and working in marketing while she earned her Master’s degree to working full-time as an administration manager for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of the Census, Joy has built her career and our firm’s reputation through unrelenting dedication.

Prior to founding the firm, Joy served as legal counsel for the state of Florida's Guardian Ad Litem Program, which supplied her with invaluable experience in cases involving family law, dependency allegations, and criminal law. In that capacity, her work focused heavily on children. Just as parents and adults had someone to protect their rights and interests, she provided children with a voice to the court in matters involving dependency, abuse, neglect, and abandonment, and criminal law. She was also a judicial intern for a family law judge in the 4th Judicial Circuit and a certified legal intern in the State Attorney’s Office, Special Assault Division.

For the past six years, Owenby Law, P.A. has been recognized by Law Firm 500Inc. 5,000, and Seminole 100 as one of the fastest-growing firms in the country. To her credit, Joy has also been individually recognized by a number of local, legal, and national organizations, including The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, the American Jurist Institute, and the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, among many others.

Joy’s determination and work ethic are matched only by her passion for helping others in need when they need it most, which is why our firm is readily available to help. Learn more about your potential case and rights, our team, and our services, when you request a free initial consultation.


  • Florida Coastal School of Law, J.D.
  • University of North Florida, MPA
  • Florida State University, B.S.

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • The Florida Bar
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • The Florida Family Law American Inn of Court
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association
  • Jacksonville Bar Association Family Law, Committee Chair 2012-2013
  • Master of the Florida Family Law American Inn of Court
  • National Association of Professional Women


  • Lead Counsel Rated
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • Seminole 100
  • 10 Best 2021
  • American Jurist Institute Top 10 Attorneys
  • Inc. 5000
  • Law Firm 500

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