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Kelly Padgham'sprincipal areas of law practice include family law, estate planning and collections. She believes in listening to the client, and then explaining the law and rights of the clients in such a way that it is clearly understood. She truly gets to know the client, and what his or her particular needs are, before making specific recommendations and expeditiously developing and implementing a legal plan of action. The client will know that Kelly is their advocate, and is using the full power and extent of the law to ensure as favorable an outcome as the facts can justify.


To further expand the services that she can deliver to her clients, Kelly has expanded her practice into the area of Collaborative Practice for divorces.  For some clients, this innovative method of resolving divorce issues has many benefits over the more traditionallitigationapproach to divorce.


Kelly has also completed mediation training.  She is currently mediating family law cases with great success.  All cases in which Kelly has acted as the third-party mediator have been sucessfully resolved through the mediation process. 


Kelly has the unique advantage of having practiced in numerous different areas of the law. She has chosen to practice family law predominantly; it is a labor of love. Kelly is a mother, with a husband in the Air Force Reserve, and she understands the difficulties that are faced by the modern American family.


Kelly prides herself on being attentive to the client's needs, including promptly responding to client phone calls. Because she keeps the attorney-client line of communication open, she has numerous clients who reside outside of Spokane County and outside of the state of Washington. Addressing the needs of the client is a high priority for her.


Community service and involvement is important to Kelly. She served on the Board of Directors for the Arc of Spokane for approximately eight years, and she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greenhouse Community Center in Deer Park, Washington. The Arc of Spokane is a non-profit organization, which addresses the needs of persons with developmental disabilities. The Greenhouse Community Center serves low-income persons in the Deer Park area. Kelly previously authored a column in the quarterly newsletter for Arc of Spokane, which served to educate on issues related to estate planning. She has worked for Spokane Neighborhood Action Programs (SNAP), and she frequently volunteers for the Spokane County Volunteer Lawyers Program Family Law Advice Clinic.


Prior to joining Burke Law Group, Kelly worked as an attorney at the Spokane law office of Phillabaum, Ledlin, Matthews & Sheldon,PLLC, for approximately six years. There, Kelly principally practiced in the areas of family law, estate planning, collection law, employment law and workers compensation.  Kelly has been in practice for approximately a decade.  She is a well-rounded lawyer with a wealth of practical knowledge of the law and legal procedure.


Kelly resides in the South Hill area of Spokane with her husband and daughter. She has significant immediate and extended family in the local area. Kelly has resided in the state of Washington for twenty-four years and in Spokane for seventeen years.  She is a graduate of Whitworth College and the Gonzaga University Schoo of Law.  Kelly and her family are also long-time supporters of the primary Catholic Schools in Spokane.  Kelly is involved in her local church community as well as her daughter’s extracurricular interests.


Ms. Padgham's Honors, Activities and Affiliations:


Board of Directors – The Greenhouse Community Center.


Board of Directors – The Arc of Spokane.


Member of the Washington State Bar Association and the Spokane County Bar Association.


Admitted to practice in all Washington State District, Superior, Appellate Courts.


Admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington.


Admitted to practice in the Coeurd’Alene Tribal Court.


Admitted to practice in the Kalispel Tribal Court.






Practice areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 55%
  2. Family: 30%
  3. Estate Planning: 10%
  4. Debt Collection: 5%



Hourly ($150-195/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

14 total 

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  • David Wayne Lohman

    Kelly is the hardest working person I know. She is consistently working hard for her clients at times when other lawyers have either not yet arrived at the office or else have gone home hours ago. I admire her dedication to her clients and to the profession as a whole. She is always well prepared, thoughtful and always brings her creative problem solving approach with her to work. You can be confident in her care.


    David Lohman Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Holland Ilene Mcburns

    I endorse this lawyer. Kelly is very professional and a wealth of knowledge. She knows the law and is diligent at getting the best outcome for her clients. I highly recommend Kelly as an attorney.


    Holland Mcburns Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Burke Law Group, PLLC

221 North Wall Street, #624
Spokane, WA, 99201


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2012 Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2013
Outstanding Law Firm of the YearSpokane County Bar Association, Volunteer Lawyers Program2010
Constitutional Law CALI AwardGonzaga University School of Law2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBurke Law Group, PLLC2009 - Present
AssociatePhillabaum, Ledlin, Matthews & Sheldon, PLLC2003 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Greenhouse Community CenterBoard Member2008 - Present
Arc of SpokaneBoard Member2004 - 2012
Spokane County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2003 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
DivorceAt the time of trial, the Court ordered that husband would have more than 50% of the time with his minor child(ren); he was not required to pay spousal maintenance, and there were no restraint provisions regarding his contact with the wife.
DivorceWife left the marriage with essentially all community assets.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Washington ReporterState v. VanTuyl2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor (CALI recipient)2002
Whitworth CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude)1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Negotiating the Judicial Systemforensic mental health evaluations/forensic psychology/therapy2012
Fun with Forensics C.L.E.Discovery Issues for Therapists/Witnesses2012
Continuing Legal Education SeminarCollection Law2008
Judgments (C.L.E.)Replevin2007