For over a decade, Kelly has been recognized as an attorney of the highest legal ability and ethical standards, as rated by her peers and judges, according to Martindale-Hubbell.

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Kelly graduated from law school in 1988 and went on to earn her LL.M. in litigation from Emory University two years later. She owns a boutique law firm where she practices exclusively in the area of employment discrimination. She has been a member of the Georgia Bar since 1991, and has been admitted to all local state and federal courts, including the Northern and Middle District Courts of Georgia, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Kelly has enjoyed enormous success representing defendant employers and plaintiff employees. She served as co-counsel and architect in a case that returned one of the largest verdicts in the nation that year, as reported in The National Law Journal, Top 100 Verdicts (February 2003).

She served as an arbitrator for the NASD for several years, and for over a decade has been a top-rated attorney (A-V rated) by her peers and judges. Kelly has been a featured speaker at multiple educational and training seminars for other lawyers, has trained for the EEOC, and has served on the EEOC’s mediation panel. Kelly was proud to receive recognition as a SuperLawyer recently, as well as recognition for her services in the Legal Assistance for Victims Project (2003-2009) from the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Kelly has served as a Stephen Minister and also as a hospice volunteer.

In 2010, Kelly was given the particular honor of being chosen as a Woman of Achievement for her work in the community. Her profile was included in a special retrospective about women in the community, and was displayed at the Atlanta Civic Center during Spring of 2010.

Kelly and her family enjoy traveling, music, and literature. She is a creative writer and a potter. Kelly threw or hand-built the pottery pieces on this site.

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