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Kristin Ragsdale Kelly

Practice areas:

Litigation, Family, Criminal Defense, General Practice, Divorce & Separation

About Me

Kristin R. Kelly was born in Wilmington, North Carolina. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Kristin attended North Carolina Central University School of Law and graduated in 2008. She was admitted to practice law in North Carolina in August, 2008.
Kristin began her legal practice work as a Staff Attorney for Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. in the Winston-Salem Office. She practiced with the Family Law Unit. Kristin went into private practice in 2011 where she began practicing in the area of criminal defense and family law.
Kristin has handled hundreds of trials for both family law and criminal defense matters. She is an experienced litigator and a strong advocate for her clients in and out of the courtroom. Kristin is admitted to practice in all state courts in North Carolina as well as the Federal Courts in the Middle District of North Carolina.
Kristin is currently serving a two-year term on the Ethics and Grievance Committee for the 21st Judicial District Bar/Forsyth County Bar Association. She is the current president for the Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Association and the Immediate Past-President of the Forsyth County Young Lawyers Division. She is also a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and was the recipient of the Younger Lawyer Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award from the Young Lawyers Division of the North Carolina Bar Association in 2014.
Kristin also enjoys volunteering and serving her community. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Winston-Salem and Authoring Action. In her spare time, Kristin enjoys going to the beach, playing golf, and playing with her dog, Azalea. Azalea is the canine paralegal at Kelly & Payne, PLLC. She is here almost every day to help the Attorneys and to provide emotional support for the clients.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2008

  1. Divorce & Separation: 20%
  2. General Practice: 20%
  3. Criminal Defense: 20%
  4. Family: 20%
  5. Litigation: 20%

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

9 total 

  • Roderick William Scott

    Kristin is a hardworking and passionate attorney. She is a powerful litigator, while also remaining very professional.

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    Roderick Scott Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jennifer Katherine Payne

    Kristin is an aggressive, knowledgeable attorney who gives each case the personal attention it deserves.

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    Jennifer Payne Adoption Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Kelly & Payne PLLC

206 N Spruce St Ste 1 B
Winston Salem, NC, 27101-2747

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NCActive200807/05/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 10 Under 40 Attorney Award for the State of North CarolinaNational Academy of Family Lawyers, Inc.2015
Younger Lawyer Pro Bono Attorney of the YearNorth Carolina Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division2014

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing AttorneyKelly & Payne, PLLC2013 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident2015 - Present
Forsyth County Young Lawyers AssociationImmediate Past President2014 - Present
Forsyth County Bar AssociationEthics and Grievance Committee Member2014 - Present
North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2011 - Present
21st Judicial District Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Family Law How-To's: Setting Yourself Up for Success CLESettlement Documents Family Law How-To's: A Practical Guide for Handling a Family Law Case2013

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Carolina At Chapel HillN/ABachelor of Arts2004
North Carolina Central University School of LawLawJuris DoctorateN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
The Trifecta-A Practical Approach to Litigating a Family Law CaseThe Trifecta-A Practical Approach to Litigating a Family Law Case-Program Chair2015
Legal Aid of North Carolina-Winston-Salem OfficePro Se Child Custody Clinics2014
Legal Aid of North Carolina-Winston-Salem OfficePro Se Divorce Clinics2014
Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers AssociationIntersection of Domestic Violence and Criminal Defense2014
Family Law How-To's: Setting Yourself Up for SuccessSettlement Documents2013