About Joan Deaton Grefer

Joan Deaton Grefer has practiced family law for twenty-one (21) years in the 25th Judicial Circuit of Madison and Clark Counties, protecting Central and Eastern Kentucky families and children during that time. She is a former recipient of AppalRed’s Pro Bono Publico award, given to attorneys who demonstrate an extraordinary level of dedication and service to the local population.

She is the former president of the Madison County Bar Association and a Kentucky Bar Association approved Continuing Legal Education lecturer in areas such as divorce and adoption. She is licensed in both Kentucky State and Federal Courts.

Joan is a member of the Madison Central Class of 1987. She has been married to Jonathan Grefer – who she met in 1986 at the Governor’s Scholars Program at the University of Kentucky – for twenty (20) years. They have a daughter, Meredith, who is following in her mother’s footsteps into the Madison Central Marching Band.

She attended college at Eastern Kentucky University and graduated from the University of Louisville after receiving a full academic scholarship. She received the Book Award at Salmon P. Chase College of Law for achieving the highest marks in Trial Advocacy.

Joan is the daughter of Geraldine and Charles Deaton. Geraldine was a Deputy Madison County Clerk for eighteen (18) years, mostly under Mary Jane Ginter, while Charlie worked for the L&N and CSX railroads and was a successful realtor.

Joan has served as President of the Madison Middle School PTO and as a member of their Site-Based Decision Making Council. She is also a former School Board Member at St. Mark Catholic School and was active with the 31st Homemakers for many years.

Joan, Jonathan, and Meredith share their home with their two dogs, Gilbert, and Cocoa – who they rescued.


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Joan Deaton and Jonathan Grefer, on a date in the 80s.

Joan and her mom Geraldine Deaton at the Winchester Farmers’ Market Holy Smokes BBQ Contest