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Andrea W. Kelly

Family Attorney at Arlington, TX

3.7   3 reviews

About Andrea

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Practice areas
  1. Family
    Provide representation in agreed and contested divorce/custody cases, as well as adoption and child support issues in Dallas and Tarrant Counties.

    15 years

  2. Immigration
    Former Trial Attorney for INS, Former Managing Attorney of Immigration Dept. at a Medium-Size law firm. Provide representation for Citizenship, Permanent Resident Status, Family and Employment-Based Visas and Deportation Defense.

    23 years

  3. Criminal defense
    Former prosecutor for Tarrant County District Attorney. Provide criminal defense representation from the time of arrest to the time of final disposition, in both adult and juvenile courts.

    21 years

  4. Corporate and incorporation
    Assist small business clients in filing initial incorporation documents, and in conveying ownership of existing businesses.

    15 years

  5. Probate
    Draft simple wills and guardianships applications, as well as affidavits of heirship.

    15 years

Andrea W. Kelly is a seasoned practitioner who has worked extensively in the public and  private sectors.  She served a total of 12 years as an Assistant District Attorney for Tarrant County and an Assistant Chief Counsel for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (formerly INS), before leaving the government to pursue private practice in 2005.


     By way of background, Ms. Kelly graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 1987 with a Journalism degree, and received her Juris Doctor in 1992 from Cornell University School of Law in Ithaca, New York. She has been admitted to the State Bar of Texas since 1992, and is also licensed to practice in federal court.


     Ms. Kelly's extensive litigation experience includes more than 500 trials in criminal and immigration courts. As a Trial Attorney for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, she represented the government in hundreds of deportation cases in Immigration Courts in Texas, Oklahoma and California, and prosecuted cases against employers who were charged with hiring illegal workers.  She received special recognition for her trial advocacy skills and her winning track record. Ms. Kelly also provided legal expertise on questions related to visa applications to federal agents of the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and she advised federal agents for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on deportation and detention issues.


     Ms. Kelly’s legal experience also includes six years as a prosecutor for the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office, where she conducted misdemeanor and felony jury trials on crimes ranging from DWI to capital murder, as well as Grand Jury and Juvenile Court proceedings. Her winning track record includes the simultaneous jury trial of 28 criminal defendants. 


     Since leaving the government, Ms. Kelly has helped hundreds of clients to obtain U.S. Citizenship, Green Cards, and Work Visas.  She has also successfully defended numerous clients against deportation in immigration court, and has represented clients in Divorce, Adoption and Custody-related matters in Family Court. 

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"You Want Me On Your Side"
Licensed for 30 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1992
Updated 10/23/2022

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

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Law Office of Andrea W. Kelly, PLLC
3901 Arlington Highlands Blvd.
Suite 2001
Arlington, TX, 76018-6036


3.7 / 5.0
  3 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2014
Helpful, Courteous, Knowledgeable, Timely- Highly Recommended
I hired services of Andrea to defend me over Family Violence case. After six months of wait the case was finally dismissed on the very first court hearing without any probation or deferred adjudication. Andrea and Karen (Legal Assistant) both are very helpful and prompt in their communication. Andrea not only helped me chose the right course of action but also provided me the moral support that you need in the times of stress and when you can't think clearly. I am glad that I hired her services to represent me and would recommend her undoubtedly.
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Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2011
Recommended 100%!!!
I would recommend Ms. Kelly 100%. I used her on a divorce/child custody case. She was very informative and answered all my questions. I'd been too many lawyers in the DFW area and she is the only one i felt fully comfortable with. I am a mother of 2 small children that came along with me to my consultation and not once did she see them as a problem or "in the way" but interacted with them. She is what i call a TRUE family law attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Horrible Exoerience
Do not use her for family law. She did work with me on payments after a $1500 down payment. She appeared in court twice a total of 3 hours and didn't want to talk to me at all after I lost my first motion. Ignored my emails to appeal then responds 6 weeks later after I had been found in contempt asking for more money to move forward. She talked more about her personal life then mine. In my opinion this attorney ripped me off and did not give me fair due process per her legal oath.
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AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Andrea W. Kelly, PLLC
  • 2008 - Present
  • Managing Attorney - Immigration Department
  • Bailey & Galyen
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Assistant Chief Counsel
  • US Department of Homeland Security
  • 1999 - 2005
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Tarrant County District Attorney
  • 1992 - 1998
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  • Cornell Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • Bachelor of Journalism
  • 1987


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Operation Predator Litigation Excellence Award
  • Operation Predator Litigation Excellence Award
  • 2004
  • INS Superior Accomplishment Award
  • INS Superior Accomplishment Award
  • 2001
  • INS Special Achievement Award
  • Immigration and Naturalization Service
  • 2000

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (2)
Family Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Andrea is caring and compassionate. She's one attorney to whom I confidently refer potential clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Other
"Andrea is a well known immigration attorney who works diligently and vigorously on each one of his case. She is honest, smart, hardworking. I strongly recommend her."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Kelly provides intelligence and knowledge in her answers to questions on Avvo. She is obviously very smart and she knows her stuff. Her clients are fortunate to have retained her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I thoroughly endorse Ms. Kelly. Over the years I have been impressed with the depth of her legal knowledge and her ability to relate it to individuals feeling the stress of legal trouble. Anyone needing a knowledgeable, skilled attorney could do no better."
Family Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrea has an exceptional knowledge of family law."
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Criminal defense