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.
Licensed since 2008
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top 10 Under 40 Attorney Award for the State of North Carolina||National Academy of Family Lawyers, Inc.||2015|
|Younger Lawyer Pro Bono Attorney of the Year||North Carolina Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division||2014|
|Managing Attorney||Kelly & Payne, PLLC||2013 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Association||President||2015 - Present|
|Forsyth County Young Lawyers Association||Immediate Past President||2014 - Present|
|Forsyth County Bar Association||Ethics and Grievance Committee Member||2014 - Present|
|North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||2011 - Present|
|21st Judicial District Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Family Law How-To's: Setting Yourself Up for Success CLE||Settlement Documents Family Law How-To's: A Practical Guide for Handling a Family Law Case||2013|
|University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill||N/A||Bachelor of Arts||2004|
|North Carolina Central University School of Law||Law||Juris Doctorate||N/A|
|The Trifecta-A Practical Approach to Litigating a Family Law Case||The Trifecta-A Practical Approach to Litigating a Family Law Case-Program Chair||2015|
|Legal Aid of North Carolina-Winston-Salem Office||Pro Se Child Custody Clinics||2014|
|Legal Aid of North Carolina-Winston-Salem Office||Pro Se Divorce Clinics||2014|
|Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Association||Intersection of Domestic Violence and Criminal Defense||2014|
|Family Law How-To's: Setting Yourself Up for Success||Settlement Documents||2013|