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Joyce A. Merritt

Joyce A. Merritt

Joyce has over 20 years of experience in state and federal court as well as administrative agencies of the Commonwealth. As a founding member of EMSW, she focuses on Medicaid administrative hearings, health insurance defense litigation, contracting, consulting, compliance and transactional work for the health industry, provider litigation, Medicaid regulatory review and analysis, and federal criminal defense. 

Joyce defends companies in administrative hearings and serves as a Hearing Officer for Kentucky Retirement Systems, University of Louisville and numerous local school boards. Joyce is well-versed in KRS Chapter 13B hearings having served as a hearing officer in such hearings for many years. She is the immediate past Vice President of the Kentucky Association of Administrative Adjudicators. 

Joyce is one of a select group of attorneys appointed to the Criminal Justice Act panel for the ED of KY. She represents individuals and corporations in  all types of federal criminal cases including complex cases as both appointed and private counsel.

Prior to becoming a founding member of Embry Merritt Shaffar Womack, PLLC, Joyce was an attorney with the firms of Deatherage, Myers & Self (Hopkinsville) and Stumbo, Bowling & Barber (Lexington-Middlesboro). She opened her own practice in 1998 and maintained a solo practice for 13 years.