M. Joy Baxter


Ms. Baxter primarily participates in the defense of healthcare liability, professional liability, and commercial disputes, as well as real estate and general civil litigation.

Joy Baxter joined the firm in 2017 after graduating with high honors from the University of Tennessee, College of Law. In law school, Ms. Baxter focused her studies on litigation, serving as Captain of the National Trial Team, Vice Chair of the Moot Court Board, and Vice Chair of the Health Law Society. While in law school, she gained trial experience prosecuting white collar crime at the Knox County District Attorney’s Office. Before joining the firm, Ms. Baxter clerked for the Honorable Hamilton V. Gayden II in the First Circuit Court of Davidson County.

Since joining Ortale Kelley, Ms. Baxter has engaged in the representation of clients in a broad variety of legal issues, from real estate to insurance defense. She has also represented clients in personal injury cases.

Before becoming an attorney, Ms. Baxter obtained several foreign music certifications and studied abroad at the Academie Internationale D’ete de Nice, Conservatoire de Nice. She has served as a court interpreter for francophone pro se defendants. Ms. Baxter is a member of Alliance Française and is listed by the Consulate General of France as a Tennessee avocat.

  • Participated in the representation of healthcare facilities, surgeons, and doctors in various healthcare liability cases.
  • Supported in defending realtors from fraudulent misrepresentation claims.
  • Drafted successful summary judgment motions on property easement/flood cases.
  • Prosecuted personal injury claims.



Lipscomb University
B.A. Music, magna cum laude

The University of Tennessee College of Law
Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude
Concentration in Advocacy


  • American Bar Association
    • Health Litigation Committee
    • Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
    • Young Lawyers Division
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women
  • Nashville Symphony Crescendo Club
  • Harry Phillips American Inn of Court
  • Mentor, Tennessee Promise Scholarship
  • Order of Barristers
  • Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society
  • Robert E. Pryor Advocacy Award
  • TN Supreme Court Access to Justice Award
  • Lipscomb Associates, 2017


If Mozart Were a Trial Lawyer;
Tennessee Law Magazine, Spring 2016,
Before the Bar, ABA Law Student Division Blog/Publication, June 2016

Imagination and the Art of the Jury Trial; 2017 Thomas, Neil; contributing author.

Eight Simple Rules for Winning the Summer Clerkship Game
Before the Bar, ABA Law Student Division Blog/Publication, February 2018