Kelly is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and South Carolina. Prior to her legal career, Kelly earned a B.S. in Environmental Geology at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. in Environmental Health and Engineering at Gannon University. For eight years in environmental consulting, she assisted commercial and industrial facilities in compliance with the local, state, and federal environmental regulations through permitting, site visits, and monitoring. Kelly also worked as a real estate broker in Charlotte for three years and still holds her NC real estate license. 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.
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 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.
Kelly believes it is necessary to support each client with creative solutions because every family 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.