I was in elementary school the first time I told someone that I wanted to be an attorney. Granted, five-year-old Kelsey didn’t fully grasp what that meant, nonetheless, I decided it was my life plan! I never even stopped to consider that there might be a chance I wouldn’t become an attorney until almost a decade later when a well-intentioned high school teacher told me, “Maybe you should focus on a more… obtainable goal.”
When I began the pre-law program at Concord University, I constantly heard that teacher’s voice in my head telling me I didn’t deserve to be there. But the five-year-old girl inside me refused to give up. Soon after, I would participate in (and win!) my first trial competition. As they announced the winner, one thought crossed my mind: “He was wrong. I can do this.”
My legal career began in 2014 at Safe Alliance. There, I provided pro-bono legal representation in domestic violence civil matters. While working at Safe Alliance, I learned to quickly digest tumultuous, complex fact patterns and provide legal advice that empowered my clients. Also, during my tenure at Safe Alliance, I realized I had more to give to my clients. I extended my practice to include additional areas of Family Law.
I understand that our discussions will be about some of the most intimate details of your life – and for many of you, we will be creating blueprints which will serve as the foundation for building your next chapter. My goal is to help you embrace a new normal with grace and the tools you will need to succeed. I will always listen, without judgment, so that I am able to understand your fears, your priorities, your goals, and your objectives. I will zealously advocate for you from day one of our relationship until the completion of your matter (and often, well beyond that!). I will treat you with compassion and respect; I will demand that others do as well.
A client once said to me, “I’ve only seen you be a sweetheart, but you’re a dragon in the courtroom.” While it’s nice to catch flies with honey, I will stand up for you fiercely.
Whether you need assistance with divorce, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, child custody, child support, spousal support, or equitable distribution, my highest priority is to guide you through the legal process so that you can confidently say, “They were wrong. I can do this.”
- Charlotte School of Law, JD
- Concord University
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
Honors & Associations
- Member, North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section
- Member, Mecklenburg County Bar Association, Family Law Section
- 10 Best Attorneys by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys