Joyce M. Capshaw 

Joyce M. Capshaw, Principal

Joyce concentrates her practice in the area of family law. Joyce was recognized by Best Lawyers® in their 2018 edition of the "Best Lawyers in America" list for Family Law.

Joyce Capshaw is a principal at Carmody MacDonald and concentrates her practice in the area of family law. Throughout her more than 35 years of practice, she has become well known for her effectiveness in handling clients’ complicated family law matters as well as for her successes in the court room.

Joyce is recognized by Best Lawyers® in their 2020 edition of the "Best Lawyers in America" for Family Law and was designated in the 2018 edition of Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® as one of the top family law attorneys in the state.

St. Louis Magazine recognized Joyce in its "Best Lawyers" edition, stating that her "electric energy, flamboyant style and sharp intellect have made Joyce Capshaw one of the most sought-after divorce attorneys in St. Louis." She has achieved an AV rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Inc. law directory, the highest rating attainable for legal ability and ethical standards.


University of Missouri, School of Law, J.D., 1982

University of Missouri, B.S. in Education, 1976


  • Missouri
  • Illinois

Awards, Merits & Honors

  • Best Lawyers - The Best Lawyers in America - Family Law (2018 - 2020)
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers (2016-2019)
  • AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly "Missouri's Best Divorce Attorney" (2008)
  • University of Missouri School of Law Order of Barristers (2007)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • St. Louis County Bar Association
  • University of Missouri Law School Foundation, Board of Trustees
    • 2nd Vice President
    • Board Member, 2014-present
  • Special Representative for the Region X Disciplinary Committee, 1991-2015
  • Caring for Kids Board of Directors, Charter Member, 2003-2012
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation "Friends" Board of Directors, Charter Member, 2005-2010
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metropolitan St. Louis, Board of Directors, 2001-2007
  • St. Louis County Bar Association, Executive Board Member, 1988-1993; President, 1994

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