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Kristin Ragsdale Kelly

Litigation Attorney at Winston-Salem, NC

4.6   31 reviews

also known as Kristin Kelly Broyles


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Kristin Kelly Broyles is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Family Law and a Certified Parenting Coordinator.  She is the recipient of the 2020 40 under 40 award from the Triad Business Journal and the 2018 40 under 40 Alumni Award from North Carolina Central University.  Kristin has been recognized as a Best Lawyers in America since 2019, a Rising Star by SuperLawyers since 2016 and has been recognized as a Legal Elite in Family Law from Business North Carolina.  She was a member the Leadership Academy and Public Service Academy with the North Carolina Bar Association.  

Kristin is an experienced litigator and a strong advocate for her clients in and out of the courtroom. She 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 was recently elected as President-Elect for the Executive Committee of the 21st Judicial District Bar/Forsyth County Bar Association.  She has served on the Ethics and Grievance Committee for the 21st Judicial District Bar/Forsyth County Bar Association, was a Past-President for the Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Association and Past-President of the Forsyth County Young Lawyers Division.  She is also a member of the Forsyth County Women's Attorneys Association and a member of the North Carolina Bar Association.  Kristin 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 currently serves as Co-Chair for the Pro Bono Committee for the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. 

Kristin was born in Wilmington, North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Minor in History. 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 and began her legal practice working as a Staff Attorney for Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. in the Winston-Salem Office. She practiced with the Family Law Unit while with Legal Aid. 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.

Kristin also enjoys volunteering and serving her community. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Winston-Salem, Dress for Success Winston-Salem and is currently a board member for the Childcare Resource Center in Winston-Salem.  Kristin enjoys volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, Goler Community Garden, and H.O.P.E. of Winston-Salem. In her spare time, Kristin enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, going to the beach, playing golf, and playing with her dog, Everhett.  

Licensed for 14 years
State NC
Status Active
Acquired 2008
Updated 12/27/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Kristin

Halvorsen Family Law Group
250 Executive Park Blvd
Ste 150
Winston-Salem, NC, 27103

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by Kimberly | February 3, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
genuine, empathic
It was a year ago my husband and I both frantic and emotionally fragile made an appointment with Kristin after finding her profile in superlawyers. Our situation we knew was going to be challenging because we are Grandparents and our daughter had left her husband for another man and took the children. The story also involved a few other pieces of drama just like most cases involving custody, divorce, visitation etc. We met with Kristin for a consultation and she listened to our story, took notes and spent time explaining things along the way. We knew we wanted to hire her immediately however she had a commitment during the timeframe we needed. She asked us to wait and she made a phone call to another lawyer that she said she uses as a mentor. She arranged for us to connect with the lawyer she spoke with. My husband and I were just so impressed with her sincerity and going above and beyond by finding us someone she trusted to help us with our case. Bottom line, if you are lucky enough to retain this wonderful person and dedicated lawyer do it!
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Posted by Montel | April 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best!!!
Attorney Kelly Broyles helped me with an emergency domestic matter in 2017. When I went to my consult with her I knew she was the lawyer for me. She is knowledgeable, professional and fought for my rights as a parent. I was ecstatic about the outcome of my case. Again, thank you Attorney Kelly Broyles.
Posted by Emilia | April 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great!
I consulted with Kristin Kelly Broyles on outstanding issues with a separation agreement. I found her advice very helpful and she went above and beyond to explain my options in great detail. I found her rates to be extremely reasonable when compared to those I consulted with and had no hesitation about hiring her as my counsel.
Posted by anonymous | April 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best advice!
Her rates were reasonable and her advice and help was paramount to the success of my child support case!
Posted by Katherine | May 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Would highly recommend Kristin Kelly.
Kristin and her staff have been extremely supportive, efficient, and dedicated in their handling of my case. Kristin has done more to facilitate actions in my case in three months time than my previous attorney did in one year. I am extremely impressed with the attention being given to my case, accessibility to Kristin or her assistant if I need help or have questions, the receipt of copies and updates, and the emotional support they always give when needed.
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Posted by anonymous | January 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Genuinely Cared About My Situation
Had an emergency situation within the family and needed help asap! Attorney Kelly gave me excellent advice and assistance regarding my grandparent's rights in North Carolina. I highly recommend her... she was there when I needed help!
Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Assisted in Divorce
Kristin has assisted me the process of a divorce. I was apart of a domestic violence experience at the of my same sex marriage. She assisted me in obtaining a 50B (restraining order) to begin my journey. I am truly grateful for her guidance.
Posted by Erica | September 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hardest time in my Life
This is one of the hardest times in my life. I had a 50B, divorce, child custody and support, and division of assets to go through. We are half way through it all. So far Miss Kelly has gone above and beyond for everything. When we discuss the case at hand she helps me feel comfortable. And never does anything with out asking me. If I ask her not to do anything she doesn't do it. I feel comfortable knowing that my son and my best interest is at hand. Her legal aid Mrs. Hancock is outstanding (very quick and thorough) and always cheerful. If I ever need a lawyer again I will call her.
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Posted by Steve S. | September 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely talented- awesome service!
Kristin helped through Divorce, Custody and mediation. I truly believe that Kristin cared about me and my children throughout the entire process. Couldnt be happier and grateful for her help!
Posted by Mark Haupt | September 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Really great
Kristin got me a fair divorce settlement which would have otherwise not have happened for me. I'm very pleased with the outcome.
Posted by anonymous | September 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Professional Attorney
I am so happy with the results that I got after hiring Kristin. I had a different attorney prior to hiring her and I was impressed with Kristin from the first day. She got the result that I wanted and was very prompt in responding not to mention she was excellent in the courtroom. I couldn't be happier!
Posted by Charles W. | September 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Prompt and Helpful
Needed some help with family documents and Kristin was very helpful. She got me the information I needed very quickly, made it easy to understand, and helped walk us through the entire process. Even gave us tips on setting up an LLC and other questions we had not related to the paperwork. Highly recommend her.
Posted by Cassandra | September 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Custody Attorney!
Attorney Kelly was amazing in Court and was able to win my custody case with her expertise. She is passionate about her work and was always there to answer my questions. She is an excellent attorney!
Posted by Deborah | February 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Most qualified, experienced, professional lawyer I've had the opportunity to work with
Kristin Kelly is by far the most professional, intelligent and well-qualified lawyer that I've had the experience to work with. She listened to everything about our case and worked so hard to make sure that our child's best interests were put first. She is the most competent, skilled and prepared lawyer I've ever met. She is sharp as a tack and well-informed. She came to court so prepared, polished and professional and knew exactly what to say and do. Our family is so happy and grateful to have had the opportunity to work with her and are so thankful for her expertise and guidance throughout our case.
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Posted by Ashley | October 7, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Hands down the BEST!!
Kristin was an amazing lawyer. She listened to my concerns, helped me in my case, and also gave her legal advice anytime I asked. She was an amazing lawyer and I would highly recommend her again!
Posted by anonymous | October 7, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent, Informed, Understanding, & Passionate
When I needed legal representation for my case, I was not sure where to start and therefore searched for online reviews on local attorneys which I was not certain if I could trust. Also, being in a delicate situation where I needed representation for a Domestic Violence case, I simply did not know who to go to in the local community, who would be "best" per se, or how the process worked. Based on reviews, I set up a consultation with Ms. Kelly and as a result of our meeting, I hired her. Initially, she came across as extremely knowledgeable of the process, the options, and the likely outcomes given my unique situation. The process overall takes a great deal of time (on the day and if the case is Continued for some reason) and as we proceeded into the Court Dates, Ms. Kelly was prepared on the day each time with the action that we needed to take and ultimately, we achieved the desired result. Ms. Kelly shows great understanding of the law, the process, and achieves results; she also shows great passion for what she does and takes the time to understand the individual situation that her clients face. I would highly recommend her to colleagues and friends.
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Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2015
5 star and beyond
Kristin was an amazing attorney. I would recommend her for any custody case. She is very personal, sweet, and tough. I would always want her on my side. Nothing bad to say about her.
Posted by Jessica | April 21, 2015
Above and Beyond!
When I got my first speeding ticket, I thought all I had to do was write a check for my fines and mail it to the court office, especially since I was only going 5 mph over. Since I was not from the state, I had no idea that it was going to be way more complicated! I was over the set speed threshold and was required to go to court in that county. Further, my co-workers said I would be crazy not to get a lawyer. I was lost and clueless about all of this. I knew Kristin through a volunteer group and decided to reach out. Once I had her help, the whole thing was a breeze. She walked me through what was happening, explained all the costs, and made the whole process so simple. She went to court on my behalf, got the ticket changed to an equipment malfunction, and kept my insurance costs from going up. She was confident in the process and kept me in the loop the whole time. All in all, she kept a bad day from haunting me for months to come!
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Posted by William | March 25, 2015
Professional. Reliable. Hardworking
Ms. Kelly treated me and my family with the upmost respect from Day 1. She was dedicated to learning everything there was to know about my case and about me as a person. Her dedication and preparedness were the direct causes in my favorable judgement. Thank you, Kristin! Wilbur
Posted by Jessica | March 20, 2015
Winner
Kristin is by far the best lawyer there is. If you need to win your case, call Kristin. Having her as my lawyer when I needed her is worth every penny. My family and I always told her she was under paid. That's how good she is. She's always trustworthy, knowledgeable, responsive and she kept me informed. If you want the best lawyer there is, I highly suggest calling Kristin
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Halvorsen Family Law Group
  • 2018 - Present
  • Partner
  • Halvorsen Bradshaw PLLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Managing Attorney
  • Kelly & Payne, PLLC
  • 2013 - 2016

Education

  • North Carolina Central University School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2008
  • University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Associations

  • 21st Judicial District Bar Association/Forsyth County Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2020 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Chair, Pro Bono Committee
  • 2019 - Present
  • Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Association
  • At-Large Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Co-Chair of Pro Bono Committee for Family Law Section
  • 2018 - Present
  • Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2018 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association Leadership Academy
  • Member
  • 2017 - 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
  • Forsyth County Bar Association
  • Treasurer and Member of Executive Committee
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Association
  • Immediate Past President
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Association
  • President
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Forsyth County Young Lawyers Association
  • Immediate Past President
  • 2014 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • 40 Under 40 Award
  • Triad Business Journal
  • 2020
  • Best Lawyer in America-Family Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • 40 under 40 Alumni Award
  • North Carolina Central University
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Legal Elite Family Law
  • Business North Carolina
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Legal Elite Family Law
  • Business North Carolina
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Female Attorneys for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Under 40 Attorney Award for the State of North Carolina
  • National Academy of Family Lawyers, Inc.
  • 2015
  • North Carolina 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Younger Lawyer Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • 2014
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Publications

  • "On the Rocks" Post-Marital Contracts
  • "On the Rocks" Post-Marital Contracts
  • 2021
  • North Carolina Bar Association Foundation - CLE
  • Managing a Chapter 50B Domestic Violence Case
  • 2018
  • North Carolina Bar Association Foundation - CLE
  • Managing a Chapter 50B Domestic Violence Case
  • 2016
  • 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
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Speaking Engagements

  • Contracts are Sexy Too
  • "On the Rocks" Post-Marital Contracts
  • 2021
  • 2021 Family Law Specialization Exam Review
  • Program Co-Chair
  • 2021
  • 2020 Family Law Specialist Exam Review CLE
  • Child Custody and Other Children's Issues
  • 2020
  • Advanced Family Law Trial Skills
  • Children as Witnesses
  • 2020
  • Family Law Basics CLE
  • Managing a Chapter 50B Domestic Violence Case
  • 2018
  • Family Law Basics CLE
  • Managing a Chapter 50B Domestic Violence Case
  • 2016
  • Information Session for COOL Program
  • Family Law Process
  • 2015
  • 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
  • Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Association
  • Intersection of Domestic Violence and Criminal Defense
  • 2014
  • Legal Aid of North Carolina-Winston-Salem Office
  • Pro Se Divorce Clinics
  • 2014
  • Legal Aid of North Carolina-Winston-Salem Office
  • Pro Se Child Custody Clinics
  • 2014
  • Family Law How-To's: Setting Yourself Up for Success
  • Settlement Documents
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (9)
Endorse Kristin
Family Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Kelly is a tremendous and zealous advocate for her clients. She is well-prepared, knowledgeable of applicable law and always professional."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kristin is a hardworking and passionate attorney. She is a powerful litigator, while also remaining very professional."
Family Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"Kristin is an aggressive, knowledgeable attorney who gives each case the personal attention it deserves."
Family Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kristin is a highly skilled attorney. Her knowledge of the law and advocacy for her clients is top notch. I definitely recommend Kristin."
Family Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Kristin is a strong litigator who zealously represents her clients in the courtroom. She is also extremely knowledgeable in preparing and presenting an effective case. Her communication skills and her tenacity will serve you well in any legal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Kristin four years. I have witnessed her firsthand fighting for her client's rights in court and cross-examing law enforcement officers. I recommend anyone to contact Kristin for a free consultation in criminal cases."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kristin Kelly is an aggressive family law attorney. She has the knowledge and experience to provide her clients with excellent representation not only in family matters but also in criminal matters."
Family Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer for her extensive knowledge of the law and ability to work WITH other lawyers not AGAINST other lawyers to find an acceptable solution for all parties involved while preserving their dignity and sanity."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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