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Kelly June McPherson

Family Attorney at Colorado Springs, CO

4.7   13 reviews
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State CO
    Acquired 2015
    Active No misconduct found

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Kelly McPherson advocates for her clients in cases in all areas of family law, to include contested divorces, child custody cases, and cases involving complex issues such as military divorce, relocation, custody cases involving domestic violence, alienation, same-sex marriage, and common law marriage. 


Kelly is a certified mediator, and has advanced training in intimate partner violence, parental alienation, and complex financial cases. She serves as the treasurer of the El Paso County Bar Family Law section, has published an article on same-sex common law marriage in the Pikes Peak Lawyer, and presented at Colorado Spring’s first annual Family Law Day on the basics for divorce cases. She is a member of the El Paso County Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, Colorado Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and the Ben S. Wendelken American Inn of Court.


Prior to practicing law, Kelly was in the United States Air Force for eight years, serving as a federal agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) and as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the US Air Force Academy. 


Kelly is a graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Kelly has a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Syracuse University, and received her undergraduate degree at the United States Air Force Academy.


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Knies, Helland & McPherson Law


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  13 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2018
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Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She took my case as Pro Bono! Hooray for Women solidarity!...
Divorce is a life-changing experience, and the end result will determine the quality of your life. So be careful who you chose to take your case. I struggled a lot to find a lawyer but at the end I was so lucky. I feel so blessed to have found a lawyer with a heart rather than someone just out for a paycheck. Because my first lawyer made me fail on my cases yet she put me imminute danger sharing my confidential information with my ex just asking for money. I was desperate for legal representation. I was terrified, morose, disappointed, tired and confused. I needed someone who I felt would fight for me to have JUSTICE. I couldn't find any lawyer for over months. At the end I asked Judge Prince to obtain a lawyer to represent me in the court and Yesssss...!, Mrs. Kelly McPherson took my case as a pro bono. And trust me I know how stressful this is. It’s emotionally, physically, and financially (my case was pro bono) stressful. Once she took my case I was finally able to sleep through the night and my stress levels were low. I never had to worry about anything. She gave me her hand to save my life as woman as we can be week sometimes. I found Mrs. Kelly who helped me find clarity and calm throughout the legal process. She is always willing to go above and beyond when it comes to communication with clients – late night or weekend emails and quick response time for any and all questions. I was very impressed with the level of service I received from the firm without paying anything. I met Mrs. Kelly and spoke with the actual attorneys who would be representing me in my situation. Her team worked efficiently and effectively to get the job done. She also found me professional help from Forensic Valuation Experts as pro bono. I can honestly say that working with Knies, Helland & McPherson Law has been a wonderful experience through a very difficult time. This is my honest experience with them. Mrs. Kelly McPherson has represented me in the most professional manner, her ethics are of the highest standards. In unvarnished truth she will tell you exactly where you stand and what direction you should go. In the midst of a very difficult situation has communicated with me in a way that has been warm and respectful. In court Mrs. Kelly was well prepared, confident, extremely knowledgeable, and entirely well-spoken, and did a very good job of defending me. I felt as though my situation was in adept and trustworthy hands, and she did not steer me wrong. I was very impressed with how she handled everything. I gained a lot of respect for her as an attorney and a person throughout this whole process. She made me very proud. I certainly could not have done this without her. Words cannot describe how grateful I am to you and your team Mrs. Kelly. You are a wonderful lawyer and person! I will keep the goodies that you sent me. Thank you for everything! I would highly recommend Knies, Helland & McPherson Law firm to any woman looking for solid representation and the best possible financial outcome. I am for sure that the attorneys at Knies, Helland & McPherson Law will take the best care of you and do everything in their power to make your case outcome as successful as possible as mine! I will forever be grateful to them. Thank you!
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Posted by Robin C. | March 27, 2019
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Divorced Military Spouse
I was in need of an answer about getting remarried and my military pension that I recieve from my ex. Ms. McPherson was very knowledgeable and helpful with my question. I would highly recommend her and this law firm. The front staff was very friendly and helpful. Sammy was a great greeter upon arriving! I will definitely let my friends and coworkers know about this law firm.
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Response from Kelly McPherson April 11, 2019
Thank you for your kind words, it was a pleasure to work with you!
Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2019
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Guidance through tough times
Despite going through an amicable divorce, the process was not without its challenges and complications. Kelly was very patient and thorough with providing guidance and perspective through these hard times. Kelly provided details in the court process and possible outcomes every step of the way. She obviously does not control the legal system but she is able set the stage for a realistic expectation on how the process can unfold allowing me to make a deliberate and conscious decisions. Overall, I am pleased with Kelly and her staff and I trusted them during these troubled times.
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Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2018
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On my challenging complicated case.
I strongly recommend Kelly to anyone seeking a professional, absolutely well organized and outstanding attorney. She presented my case so well and was always ahead of the game. Dealing with a case of abuse or domestic violence is not easy for the victim, Kelly was always a positive light. I walked out of her office with confidence. Kelly not only brought light and hope to my case, she was incredibly insightful and smart about how to proceed. Dealing with narcissistic abuse can be a challenge when the courts and other professionals don’t understand the dynamic of NPD. Presenting my case was a big part of getting the results I wanted for me and my kids. She put in a lot of time and effort into it and I will forever be grateful. I have to add the office staff were amazingly supportive and welcoming, their lovely office dogs, therapeutic, and their smiles always encouraging. Kelly: -Thank you for making the impossible seem possible, and become possible.
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Posted by Cody | August 10, 2018
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Grateful Father
I have to start off by saying that my case seemed unwinnable due to me being naive and signing documents I didn’t understand during and at the finalization of my divorce the previous year. Kelly came highly recommended, having an outstanding reputation as a family attorney. I hired Mrs. McPherson to gain custody of my kids and to allow me to give them the childhood they deserve. The staff was very friendly, accommodating to my needs, and made me feel like I was part of their family. I vented, laughed and cried with nearly everyone there. Their professionalism in the courtroom and with other legal contacts was exemplary throughout the entire process. Through the months of dealing with a very messy, lengthy legal battle, she kept me informed, and ahead of the game. She ran everything through me first for my approval, and helped me make the best decisions for my kids. With her expertise, I was able to take the moral high ground and not allow myself to to fall into “dirty laundry” fighting with my ex. I felt well prepared when we went into the court room. I was very impressed with the amount of time and effort she and the law firm devoted to my case. Often I would receive emails late in the night and weekends, which was much appreciated. I would highly recommend Mrs. McPherson and her law firm to anyone who needs legal services.
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Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2018
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Amazing attorney
I was recently ordered by the military to deploy and had a ton of questions about how to handle my parenting agreement while I’m gone. Kelly provided me really great advice on what issues should and shouldn't be taken to court. It was really refreshing to work with someone who cared more about me and my kids and less about making money off of my situation.
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Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2018
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Grateful Ex-Military Spouse
As a long time military spouse, I was given the opportunity to be represented by a very knowledgeable and professional attorney with Family Law and Military Law experience. Kelly McPherson was extremely approachable and attentive to the military details of my case. She was helpful in keeping matters civil between both parties and focusing on the well-being of the children. Her commitment and use of her emotional intelligence with her clients are what makes her stand out as a successful attorney. Her representation is solid and I would recommend her services to anyone in need of an excellent Family Law attorney.
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Posted by Chris | January 10, 2018
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Thankful client
Being a father in a custody case with an infant can be overwhelming and give the feeling that all the cards are stacked against you. These situations can sadly and rapidly become very ugly. On a recommendation from a close friend I hired Kelly McPherson. By doing so I put my daughters and my relationship, safety, health and future in her hands. Kelly is absolutely brilliant and the epitome of professionalism. Kelly’s structure, focus and knowledge of the court system is unparalleled. Kelly will work in your best interest to keep the matter civil and walk the high road while putting my interests and my daughter’s wellbeing above anything else. Kelly is extremely knowledgeable in family law and very strategic with her cases. Once you are in the courtroom, you realize what you have been paying for, and if your case does go to trial, you will not come up short with Mrs. McPherson’s representation. I was amazed at the results. She truly cares about my daughter and me and successfully fought for what is important to us while helping me maintain perspective along the way.
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Posted by DJ | August 10, 2017
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Family, protective order
I have worked with Kelly for nearly 2 years now, and been very pleased with all of our interactions. She has handled a messy, and very complicated situation with great efficiency and attention to detail. I would refer her without hesitation for any family needs. I would not be where I am today without her help.
Posted by KC | August 2, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Huge Help!
Kelly was my third lawyer in my Child Support case and has done great things for me. She has always been responsive and easy to work with. She was instrumental in getting my CS closed out favorably with a successful challenge. She gave great advice, worked hard to get my needs addressed and I'm happy to see her become a partner!
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Posted by Allen | April 4, 2017
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I had a very rough situation with my case and Kelly got me through it, and put me into a very positive light about what is to come. I felt I was going to lose everything with my family, but she put me on a great path to get my daughter 50/50. She helped me have more time with my baby girl.
Posted by Matthew Barry | November 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Black & Graham Review - Kelly McPherson
I hired Ms. McPherson in March of 2016, to represent me during my divorce. She did a wonderful job guiding me through the process and explaining the proceedings. Ms. McPherson is an absolute professional. She handled my case expertly and I could not be more pleased with the result. Thank you, Kelly!
Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
They do not answer emails, it must have gone to my junk email Oh but you found it now? I keep asking for documentation for months, and keep saying what documentation do you need? Really? the same ones Ive been asking for for months!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-350 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Intern
  • Cox, Baker & Page LLC
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Paralegal/intern
  • Black & Graham, LLC
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Law clerk
  • 4th Judicial District
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Officer
  • United States Air Force
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Special Agent
  • Air Force Office of Special Investigations
  • 2004 - 2009
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  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2015
  • Syracuse University
  • MA - Masters
  • 2008
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2004


  • El Paso County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • League Champion
  • Fantasy Football League
  • 2017
  • Scholarship Excellence Award
  • University of Denver
  • 2012
  • Company Grade Officer of the Year (department)
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • 2010
  • Company Grade Officer of the Quarter (department)
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • 2009
  • Special Agent of the Year (detachment)
  • Air Force Office of Special Investigations
  • 2006
  • Special Agent of the Quarter (detachment)
  • Air Force Office of Special Investigations
  • 2006
  • Distinguished Graduate
  • Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
  • 2005
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  • Pikes Peak Lawyer
  • Hot Topic: Same-sex Common-Law Marriage Predating Obergefell
  • 2016
  • The International Journal of Social Criminology
  • Highlighting the Inconsistencies between Don't Ask, Don't Tell and DoD Sexual Assault Policy
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law Day
  • Family Law Basics
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (10)
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Family Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. McPherson was always cordial and professional throughout our interactions. This helped both our clients as we were able to reach a resolution favorable to both parties."
Family Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Kelly is a professional and competent attorney who advocates for her clients. In our case, she was prepared and communicated in a manner that helped the case as a whole. I absolutely endorse Kelly McPherson and look forward to working with her again."
Family Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Kelly as opposing counsel on a case and have found her to be highly knowledgeable and extremely professional."
Family Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"Kelly is a smart and aggressive advocate for her clients. She genuinely cares about them, and it shows in the great results she gets!"
Family Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kelly and I worked together on a divorce case. She was extremely helpful, diligent in her research and understanding to the concerns and needs of the client. I endorse Kelly."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Kelly interned with us for a year while in law school, and impressed with her knowledge of the law and professionalism. We hired her over other more experienced attorneys because her intelligence and determination makes her an asset to the legal field."
Family Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"Kelly McPherson is a hard-working, zealous advocate for her clients. She knows the law very well and very few attorneys I have ever seen are as adept at researching the law and knows small intricacies of the law."
Family Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I h ave had the pleasure of working with Ms. McPherson. She is very intelligent and works hard for her clients. She has strong research skills and is willing to go the extra mile for her clients."
Family Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Kelly is a fantastic new attorney. She advocates zealously for her clients and truly has her client's interests in mind."
Family Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Kelly is experienced and knowledgeable, and is an effective advocate for her clients."
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