Joy A. Trueworthy

Senior Counsel


Joy A. Trueworthy, attorney-at-law, focuses her practice at Rudman Winchell on estate planning, elder law, long-term care planning, and probate administration matters and also serves as a guardian ad litem for children in child protection cases. Joy is a member of the Maine State Bar Association, the Penobscot County Bar Association, and the John Waldo Ballou Inn of Court. She serves as the secretary for Partners for Peace (formerly the Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance).

Joy represented the New Lawyers Section of the Maine State Bar Association as the New Lawyers Governor on the MSBA’s Board of Governors for 2012 and 2013. She received Certificates of Commendation in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 for her pro bono service to low-income Mainers through the Maine Supreme Judicial Court’s Katahdin Counsel Recognition Program. Joy was named Guardian ad Litem of the Year by Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine in 2016. She was also recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers for New England for 2018 and 2019.

Joy graduated from Smith College in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and women’s studies, after being named to the Dean’s List during each of her four years. She received a law degree from the Rutgers University School of Law-Newark in 2009. During law school, she served as a managing editor of the Rutgers Law Review, which selected her note for publication. Upon graduation, Joy was awarded an Eric R. Neisser Pro Bono award for her work with the law school’s Domestic Violence Advocacy Project. Following law school, Joy served as a law clerk for the Honorable Andrew M. Mead of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

Joy, a twelfth-generation Mainer, grew up in Scarborough and Portland, Maine, and now lives in Kenduskeag with her wife, Brittany. Joy enjoys reading, watching the antics of her two cats, scenic walks, and helping with Brittany’s organic vegetable farm.

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Karen Phillips

Bar Admissions

Penobscot Nation Tribal Court, 2012
U.S. District Court, District of Maine, 2010
Maine, 2009


Smith College
Northampton, Massachusetts, 2006
B.A., Bachelor of Arts
Honors: Dean’s List (2002-2006)
Majors: Mathematics and Women’s Studies
Smith College Judicial Board (2004-2006)

Rutgers University School of Law-Newark
Newark, New Jersey, 2009
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
Managing editor: Rutgers Law Review
Publication: Note, Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.: The Remnants of Taxpayer Standing in the Era of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, 60 RUTGERS L. REV. 1073 (2008).
Eric R. Neisser Pro Bono Award