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Kelly C. Johnson

Senior Attorney

Kelly is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and South Carolina. Additionally, Kelly is a certified South Carolina Family Court Mediator and has served as a guardian ad litem advocating on behalf of minor children. She is an active member of the North Carolina Bar Association, Mecklenburg County Bar Association, South Carolina Bar Association, and York County Bar Association. Throughout her legal career, Kelly has represented hundreds of clients in a wide variety of family law issues, including amicable divorces and fault-based divorces, child custody matters, pre and postnuptial agreements, adoptions, and many cases involving complex multi-jurisdictional issues.


Originally from Northwest Pennsylvania, Kelly earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geology at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in Environmental Health and Engineering at Gannon University. After moving south nearly twenty years ago, Kelly’s professional career included environmental consulting for commercial and industrial facilities and selling real estate in the Charlotte area. Realizing that the common thread of both careers combined client interaction, problem solving, and her intense interest in the law, she decided to pursue a law degree and is now in her seventh year of family law practice.


When Kelly is not practicing law, she can be found teaching early morning cycle classes at a local cycle studio, walking her mini dachshunds, or attending live music shows.

NC: 2014

Year Licensed

SC: 2015

Year Licensed

Personal Philosophy

Every family is unique

Kelly believes it is necessary to support each client with creative solutions because every family and every case is unique. Kelly educates her clients and empowers them with knowledge to make the best choices for their families. Kelly’s strong advocacy style combines competency and compassion. As a mother of two children, Kelly makes every effort to assist parents in making decisions that are in the best interest of their children.

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Passion For Family Law

During law school, Kelly interned with the Chief In-House Counsel of a political convention committee, where she assisted counsel in contractual, employment, licensing, and constitutional matters. She received special recognition from the Chief In-House Counsel and Chief Operations Officer for her work ethic and impeccable ability to thrive under pressure. Additionally, Kelly interned with the Family Court Administrator’s Office and clerked for the District Court Chief Justice in Union County, North Carolina. There, she realized her passion for family law.

Prior to joining the team at Collins Family & Elder Law Group, Kelly served as a legal writing graduate fellow for one year at the law school she attended and then practiced family law and landlord-tenant law for nearly two years with another firm.

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Client Testimonial

It is refreshing to know that there are still attorneys out there that care about their clients and do have their best interests at heart.

Kelly did an amazing job for us. She listened and understood our needs and treated us like friends versus just another client. Most attorneys hear the same type of cases over and over and forget the people on the other side and the decisions the courts can have on their family. Kelly showed us empathy and truly took the time to learn about our situation. She looked at our case unlike any attorney had before and educated us on different approaches we didn’t know were possible. It is refreshing to know that there are still attorneys out there that care about their clients and do have their best interests at heart.

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