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Lloyd T. Kelso

About me

Skills and Specialty:


1989 - present: Certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a Specialist in North Carolina Family Law;

2001: Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate;

1999: Completed course in Motor Vehicle Collision Reconstruction, Texas Engineering Extension Service, Texas A & M University.


Additional background:


I was born in Gastonia, North Carolina in 1950 to Herbert Reece Kelso (1928-2008), and Becky Hope Kelso. I was their only child. As a child, I spent a lot of time driving midget race cars and working in my dad's garage, particularly on Volkswagens. In fact, while in high school, my dad and I built a Volkswagen that we took from a junk yard. It had red metal flake paint and a sun roof. It was my pride and joy and got me back and forth to college. While in high school, I played football for four years and was selected for North Carolina Boys State. My parents encouraged me to go to college, so in 1969 I entered Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina. After obtaining a degree in history, I attended the University of South Carolina School of Law and obtained a law degree in 1975. I returned to Gastonia, North Carolina to practice law. In the early part of my career, I practiced real estate law, helping couples to purchase homes. In 1978, I opened my own office and became more of a courtroom attorney. I tried civil cases and criminal cases. In all, I have tried more than 100 jury trials in my career. Although I had always attended church, in 2000 I became involved in a Disciple Bible Study Class at River Hills Community Church. During my second year in the Bible study, I answered God's call to enter seminary in 2003. At first, I felt I would become a pastor, but later, it became apparent to me that God had another plan for me. So, after graduating from seminary in 2006 with masters degrees in divinity and Christian counseling, I returned to the practice of law. I joined the Christian Legal Society, and since returning to law practice, I have tried to conduct my practice as a ministry to the people that we serve. In June 2009, I founded the Christian Family Law Association, Inc., a nonprofit organization of attorneys and legal service providers who make the decision to view their family law practices as a ministry. See, Our goal is to equip family law attorneys to view their family law practices as a ministry. My wife, Debra, also went to seminary and obtained a masters degree in theological studies. She works with me in the practice of law, as a paralegal, and with the Christian Family Law Association. Together, we have five children and five grandchildren. 


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 17%
    39 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. Divorce: 15%
    39 years, 3 thousand cases
  3. Child Support: 10%
    39 years, 3.5 thousand cases
  4. Child Custody: 10%
    39 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  5. Other: 48%
  6. More 



Hourly ($250-300/hour), contingent (30-35%), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Lloyd T. Kelso, Attorney at Law

128 East Garrison Boulevard, Suite A
P.O. Box 2065
Gastonia, NC, 28053


SCGood Standing197603/07/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Phi Alphi ChiGordon-Conwell Theological Seminary2006
Psi ChiGordon-Conwell Theological Seminary2005
Recognized as an "Advocate"Association of Trial Lawyers of America2000
American Jurisprudence Award - Constitutional LawUniversity of South Carolina Law School1974
Library AwardErskine College1973
Omicron Delta KappaErskine College1972
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLloyd T. Kelso, Attorney at Law1997 - Present
PartnerErvin, Gates & Kelso1995 - 1997
Senior PartnerKelso, Ferguson & McGraw1994 - 1995
Senior PartnerKelso & Ferguson, Attorneys at Law1983 - 1994
OwnerLloyd T. Kelso, P.A.1978 - 1983
AssociateCharles D. Gray, III, P.A.1976 - 1978
Association namePosition nameDuration
Christian Family Law AssociationFounder2009 - Present
Christian Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
Christian Legal SocietyMember2006 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationMember1977 - Present
Gaston County Bar Association - President 1992-93Member1977 - Present
Gastonia Mayor's Task Force on HomelessnessChairman2000 - 2002
River Hills Community ChurchFoundation Trustee & Staff Relations Committee2000 - 2003
Gaston County Bar AssociationPresident1992 - 1993
Belmont Abbey CollegeTeacher of Business Law1987 - 1988
Christ United Methodist ChurchPresident of Methodist Men1986 - 1987
North Carolina Academy of Trial LawyersMember1978 - 2003
Gastonia JayceesVice President1978 - 1979
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember1978 - 2003
Hamilton CollegeTeacher of Business Law1977 - 1978
Gastonia JayceesDirector1977 - 1981
Biscayne Southern CollegeTeacher of Business Law and Insurance Law1976 - 1977
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Guess vs. Parrott$525,000 Personal Injury Settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Kelso, North Carolina Family Law StatutesStatutes, Leading Cases, and Commentary2009
Kelso, North Carolina Family Law StatutesStatutes, Leading Cases, and Commentary2008
North Carolina Family Law Practice (2 Volumes)Divorce, Alimony, Child Custody, Forms2008
Kelso, North Carolina Family Law StatutesStatutes, Leading Cases, and Commentary2007
Kelso, North Carolina Divorce, Alimony & Child Custody with Forms (4th Ed.)North Carolina Divorce, Alimony & Child Custody with Forms2001
Kelso, North Carolina Divorce, Alimony & Child Custody with Forms (3rd Ed.)North Carolina Divorce, Alimony & Child Custody with Forms1995
Kelso, North Carolina Divorce, Alimony & Child Custody with Forms (2nd Ed.)North Carolina Divorce, Alimony & Child Custody with Forms1989
Kelso, North Carolina Divorce, Alimony & Child Custody with FormsNorth Carolina Divorce, Alimony & Child Custody with Forms1983
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gordon-Conwell Theological SeminaryDivinityMA - Masters2006
Gordon-Conwell Theological SeminaryChristian CounselingMA - Masters2006
University of South Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
Erskine CollegeHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLS Student ChapterPracticing Law as a Ministry2010
CLS LuncheonVoice of Truth2009
"How To Hammer Allstate"Ten Successful Tips on Trying the Connective Tissue Case1999
"How To Combat Insurance Abuse"Trial Issues: Preparing Successful Motions in Limine, Effective Voir Dire, Dealing with Irrelevant Defenses, Opening Statement, Closing Argument Tactics1998
Family Law Practice Manual"Invalid Marriages and Annulment"1991
Family Law Practice Manual"Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act"1991
Family Law Ethics"Handling the Emotionally Troubled and Difficult Client"1991
Family Support Litigation"Dealing with the Difficult Domestic Client"1990
Family Law Practice Manual"Invalid Marriages and Annulment"1989
Family Law Practice Manual"Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act"1989
Family Law Practice Manual"Child Support in North Carolina"1989