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Mandy J. McKellar

Family Attorney at Las Vegas, NV

3.6   14 reviews

also known as Mandy Jill McKellar

  • Licensed for 16 years
    State NV
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2018

About Mandy

Learn Mandy’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    25%

    18 years, 75 cases

  2. Child support
    25%

    18 years, 75 cases

  3. Family
    25%

    18 years, 100 cases

  4. Adoption
    15%

    18 years, 2 cases

  5. Criminal defense
    5%

    18 years, 5 cases

  6. Domestic violence
    5%

    18 years, 25 cases

Mrs. McKellar graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2006.  After graduation she was an intern for the Honorable Nancy Oesterle in Las Vegas Justice Court Department 6.  Soon after completing her internship for the Judge, Mrs. McKellar devoted her entire practice exclusively to the area of Family Law by accepting a position at Willick Law Group, where she remained until 2009.  After ending her employ at The Willick Law Group, Mrs. McKellar accepted a position at The Dickerson Law Group again practicing in exclusively the area of Family Law, until finally starting her own practice, the Law Offices of Mandy J. Mckellar.  Mrs. McKellar is also a recent member of the State Bar of Nevada Ethics committee. 

Mrs. McKellar’s published works include,” Love me, Love my dog: Divorce Litigation and the Family Pet.”  Nevada Lawyer, September 2008, Volume 16, Issue 9, and “Rivero…The New and Improved Opinion.” Communiqué, February 2010, Volume 31, No. 2.  "Truancy Diversion Program," Communique, August 2011, Volume. 32, No. 8.

Mrs. McKellar prides herself on offering high quality representation at a price that is affordable for the legal consumer.

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Location

Mckellar Family Law
1404 S. Jones Blvd
Las Vegas, NV, 89146

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Reviews

3.6 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
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Posted by Alex | June 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonder woman
She is the best family law attorney you can find ! I am from California and had to come to Nevada to visit just born son who is withheld from me for the first three months of his life because of lies his mother told even after it was ordered for me to have visitation every weekend the because of lies his mother told even after it was ordered for me to have visitation every weekend his mother still withheld him from me still withheld him Even though his mother was telling terrible lies about me Mandy stood by mestood by me me Mandy stood by me and believed in me and protected my son by the time we got to trial it was nearly a year and a half Mandy fought so hard for my son and I sifting through the lies of his alcoholic mother i received primary custody April 2015 and she still fight to protect my son today . If you are on the side of truth and you want am attorney that will fight for you and your child or children I highly suggest you hire Her as your attorney!
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Posted by Lisa D. | January 20, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Integrity and honest
Had a meeting with Mandy on a complex messy case (due to the laziness of other lawyers). Mandy provided us with clear direction, honesty about what we can to to address the mistakes made by other laywers. She explained why things were done the way they were. If I need a lawyer in the future, I will go to her.
Posted by Sylvester | May 16, 2015
Great Attorney!!!
I highly recommend Mandy as a family lawyer!!!!Back in 2013 my ex-wife was trying to take my 5 kids and everything else from me....Mandy assured everything would be ok...my ex-wife accused me of everything under the sun...I got scared but mandy knows what she is doing!!! Now I have time with my kids ....Mandy is very knowledgeable and she is very good in the courtroom ...And then I got the bill....there office was very nice and let me make monthly payments. ..I have already recommended her to family and coworkers...which have used her and say the same thing....oh another thing is mandy was very responsive to my emails...I got a response back to all my questions very fast....to sum things up...Mandy is very good attorney!!!!Thanks Mandy
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Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2015
Excellent attorney who won't waste your money
When I hired Ms. McKellar to assist me with a child custody matter, I found her to be familiar with the law, understanding of my situation, and supportive of my objectives. She was responsive and professional throughout my case and achieved the results I was looking for without having to go to trial. Her methods will give you your best chance of winning while keeping costs to a minimum. I highly recommend her for all family law matters.
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Posted by nick | February 26, 2015
Fantastic Results!!
Mandy is an amazing attorney and as well as her paralegal Kristine! She helped a single father with joint custody secure primary custody in a very delicate, heart wrenching case that was over a 9month period of court hearings and ending in an evidentiary hearing. She made it affordable and had very reasonable legal fees for the expertise and amount of hours she put into the case. I definitely recommend her to anyone in Las Vegas who needs a great lawyer who knows how to navigate the difficult family court waters!!
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Posted by Menchi | March 12, 2014
A Winner!
My case was contested custody, the parents of my ex have all the money to spend in his behalf and I don't. I went to different lawyers that won't listen to my drama and I was desperate to win my kids because I know my ex cannot take care of them. My savings was getting low. I saw Mandy here and knew she's the one to win my case. She's very attentive and listened to every detail of pain that I went through. I have all the evidence I need but she pulled a very smooth tactics that made my ex to back off! She requested my ex-husband to sign a HIPPA release, drug test, and many more. After a few months of going back and forth to court, she won my case and closed the deal last December 2013. I am very happy and satisfied because now I have permanent sole legal and sole physical custody with my 3 kids and a 100% discretion when it comes to visitation. And about the bills? Her firm gives me an option. Just like she said, she lets her clients pay her like an auto loan. I love Mandy and I will hire her again if I need to.
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Posted by Mike | May 23, 2011
Shark
I was going through a Divorce / Custody battle with my ex wife and retained the serviced of Mandy. After informing her of my case and all the info she spent time first explaining what the process was and then fighting like a shark for my rights as a father.
Posted by Rose | May 16, 2011
Excellent representation and communicator
Mandy J McKellar is always quick to respond which helped through the tough process of working on my divorce proceedings with a non-responsive spouse. She is tough and gets right to the point without rolling over you providing detailed information and facts of law related to your case. After working with Mandy for several months and hearing her in the court room defending my positions I could not have asked for better representation.
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Posted by Jolene | April 20, 2011
divorce
Mrs. McKellar is great at what she does she spends alot of time on your case and does what is in the best interest for you. I have and would recommend her to anyone
Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Rude, condescending, and goes against your wishes
Please do not waste your money or time on this lady. She will move slowly and not pay attention to your emails, and then come back asking for information you've already provided weeks ago. She will talk to you like you are an idiot. In one of her emails to me she said "Ok, let me break it down to you.. read slowly" this is verbatim and "don't for a second treat me like I don't know what the F... I am doing" when I showed frustration and used the "damn" word in my email. Mind you, you are the one who's paying her and she's talking to you like this. She will sign away your money without your consent. She offered the other side a lot money after I explicitly told her not to and then she comes back with "well, it's too late, they've already accepted". Why did I keep her and keep paying her? Because I thought my ex and I reached an agreement but he would then change his mind and ask for more. Which he kept getting. Yes, she will settle your case for you, for sure. Just be prepared to have her give the other side EVERYTHING they ask for and avoid court at every expense. She will tell you over and over, " I just want to get you divorced and save you money", all the while giving away your money like it's water. Do not hire this lady if your case is remotely complicated or you are a high income earner with your own business. And of course if you are looking for someone who remotely respects or listens to you. This to say, that by the time, I brought another lawyer in, it was too late to undo all the damage she had already done and I was out of money to keep paying more and more fees. Wish I had someone different from the beginning. I would possibly still had paid alimony but much less than what was projected by the time another party came into play. The whole justice system is not just people. Be prepared to lose as the lawyers make all the money. Divorce law is antiquated and needs an overhaul.
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Below standard
Hired Mandy sept of 2017. She files a motion which cost me 1500 roughly that was rejected and not even heard. She talked to me like I was a little kid and was disrespectful in our face to face conversations. Emailed her paperwork to file in court and she never filed them. Have her legal paperwork to review before court she failed to. Had no game play at the hearing I had to schedule an appointment with her day before court just to come up with a game plan. Was an hour late to court because she told me the hearing was at 11 when it was at 10. Made us both late that day and it hurt my case. Judge asked her to file the order and she never filed it. Asked her set up an appoint with other party per the judge order. She charged me for setting up the appointment but never got the sit in. Asked her to erase the extra charges she charged me and she didn’t then she filed a motion to withdraw as counsel and even charged me for the motion to withdraw. Very unorganized counsel. Other attorney looked professional and she was never prepared to counter. She charged me for motions that were never heard failed to communicate file paperwork correctly and was late for court. Very below standard and do not recommend. She doesn’t care about her clients
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Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Horrible Attorney
Mandy was my divorce attorney. She gave me false hope on my case. I was a soon to be single mom with 3 kids, 15, 11, and 6. The 15 year old and the 11 year old were not my EX Husbands "legal children" only the 6 year old boy, but at the time he was just turning 5. I wasn't asking for much from my divorce, child support, and for the kids to remain together and not be separate. I wasn't asking for the house, cars, furniture.. Etc.. Just for my 3 children to remain together majorly of the time. Mandy thought she could make that happen. 1 weeks before the trial date I had an appointment with Mandy, I walked into her office to discuss my case when it smelled like an ash-tray as I walked in, also she had a smoking pipe just sitting on her desk. As she is hacking up a lung and I am now concerened for my court hearing in a week, Mandy says "The judge shouldn't split up the siblings it all going to be ok, I feel like we have a strong case!" I walked out with doubt, but already paid 3,500 for a retainer that I later fpuns out I owed more! We went to court that next week. My kids were split up and Mandy never brought up my kids in court!! My ex husbands attorney did when he called them "teenage girls!" They're not teenage girls I was thinking, I then nudged Mandy and told her she needs to say something, She only said " the sibling are very close" That was it. My son now is in therapy twice a week due to the trauma of being split up with his siblings and not wanting to go to his dad's every weekend. Mandy knew all this and my concern with my ex and his verbally abusive ways, not only with me but with my kids as well! And she said NOTHING! It was all about the paycheck! There is one thing to love your job and be successfully good at it, but there is another to think your good at your job and only take advantage of the situation and the clients money. After my court case I recieved another bill from Mandy for over 1,500 dollars. I paid it in full. And will make sure I tell everyone my experience I had with this attorney. She was a nightmare and her poor work has only made it more difficult for myself and my children. She also wouldn't speak to me on the phone because I had a balance owed to her. Seriously? She also charged me about her 500.00 dollars to drop me as a client. She went to court and signed off on my legal representation and charged me 500.00 for that. In the mean time my ex and his lawyer showed up as well, I was not longer being represented so I knew nothing about the court date. I was then slapped with another 2,500.00 dollar request from my ex husbands Attorney for taking up his time and for him having to show up in court so Mandy could tell the judge she was no longer representing me. So 3,000 dollars is what I was charged the day Mandy dismissed her self as my council. 2,500 I was summons to pay my ex and 500.00 to Mandy. She was the worst attorney. You get what you pay for obviously.
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Response from Mandy McKellar September 14, 2016
This is in response to the above stated review. This particular person, hired a very competent attorney after being unhappy with my representation and the same thing happened. She will never be happy with anything is my ultimate conclusion. This review took me awhile to place because I never attended a trial in this case. This client apparently had no idea what was going on, I will take blame in that, she should have understood as I clearly explained that custody cases, are marathon's not sprints. There were numerous allegations between both parties in this case. The client could not afford the kind of litigation, that she was seeking. My advice upon the first hearing (which is the only hearing I attended), was that settlement of the issues in the case would be more beneficial for this client and her family. First off, joint custody was the policy of the judge that we were in front of. Secondly, this client had already withheld the child from dad which is something also not beneficial in front of the particular judge we were in front of (I have seen custody transferred from one parent to the other for these particular tactics, and I didn't want this client to lose her kid). Agreeing to provide Dad joint physical custody, and see what would happen in the future saved this client time and money, this was my advice to her. Relationships with both parents is typically in the best interest of the children. The client reported that there were problems with Dad, and she insinuated that he should have no relationship with his child. There was EMOTIONAL abuse alleged. This is something that is extremely hard to prove, because one parents "emotional abuse" is another parent's discipline . Being successful in these kind of cases, requires an expert opinion, and further financial commitment. Nevada's Law is written so that both parties maintain a relationship with the children, equally. This client was never going to be happy (and still probably isn't) until dad had no relationship with his child, this is an unrealistic, and unreasonable view in most cases. Ultimately, the client did agree to settle, and we placed all the agreements of the parties on the record. She continued to withhold the child and needed further legal assistance of counsel.
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Posted by Leah | May 11, 2015
One of the worst experiences I've ever been involved in
I hired Mandy to handle my child custody case because my cousin was using her for the same thing at the same time. Mandy gave us both false hopes. Laughing about the whole thing like it was a joke on court days. My experiences with her were awful. She didn't reply to me when she should have. She did things at her own slow pace. I was living in a different state at the time I flew out for one of my court dates and sat at the court house waiting. When I didn't see Mandy I called and that's when she bothered to let me know they changed my court date. So I had to fly back and wasn't able to attend. Of course this wasn't Mandys fault oh no. But I didn't see her sitting down there with me. She also completely dropped the ball on other parts of the case. She was just embarassing. Lied when papers she was supposed to send weren't. It's crazy she has an 8 rating on here. Find someone who actually cares.
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Response from Mandy McKellar May 12, 2015
Litigation is not a poor man's sport. Litigation is also difficult between 2 states. Communication can be difficult and particular departments have their own way they provide notice when hearings are continued. It is always particularly difficult when you have 2 parents in 2 different states, which is how this case was. Did not mean that as counsel I cared less, I tried to navigate this case with impossible facts to achieve acceptable results for the client. As with most cases and unhappy clients, the unhappiness set in further when the bill came. Just as with this particular clients brother who also did not want to pay. If you cannot make an attempt to pay your bill or set up a small monthly payment this is what will happen. Our firm unlike others does accept monthly payments. That said, if you really cannot afford counsel, the local Pro Bono provider is the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, which can be called at 702-386-1070 (or see their information on the web at http://www.lacsn.org/option,com_jcalpro/Itemid,3/extmode,view/extid,15/). Those that take pro bono cases take them after they have been screened, and assigned, by Legal Aid. The Reduced Fee Panel sponsored by the State Bar can be reached at 702-382-2200. Additionally, there are free consultations offered on Thursdays at the self-help center; volunteer attorneys provide 15-minute consultations, for free, on family law questions. For those that wish to attempt self-representation, forms are available at the Clark County self-help center website, at http://www.clarkcountycourts.us/shc/Supporting%20Documents/self_help_supportingdocs.html. This Firm does not have late filings and rates and fees are competitive. All fees and rates are disclosed. The more difficult and contested the case becomes , the fees and rates will rise accordingly. This is standard for the Legal Industry. Whether the Firm is Large or Small the expectation of maintaining funds in your Trust account and or Retainer account will be
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Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2013
Over charges and drops the ball
This attorney will always be late for your filings, over charge your account with frivolous charges where her mother (office Manager) picks up some income and is incapable of difficult cases. If your looking for a someone to handle a contested difficult case...keep looking at the larger firms as this is a one person office that won't remember your case after you leave her office.
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Response from Mandy McKellar November 4, 2013
Litigation is not a poor man's sport. If you cannot make an attempt to pay your bill or set up a small monthly payment this is what will happen. That said, if you really cannot afford counsel, the local Pro Bono provider is the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, which can be called at 702-386-1070 (or see their information on the web at http://www.lacsn.org/option,com_jcalpro/Itemid,3/extmode,view/extid,15/). Those that take pro bono cases take them after they have been screened, and assigned, by Legal Aid. The Reduced Fee Panel sponsored by the State Bar can be reached at 702-382-2200. Additionally, there are free consultations offered on Thursdays at the self-help center; volunteer attorneys provide 15-minute consultations, for free, on family law questions. For those that wish to attempt self-representation, forms are available at the Clark County self-help center website, at http://www.clarkcountycourts.us/shc/Supporting%20Documents/self_help_supportingdocs.html. This Firm does not have late filings and rates and fees are competitive. All fees and rates are disclosed. The more difficult and contested the case becomes , the fees and rates will rise accordingly. This is standard for the Legal Industry. Whether the Firm is Large or Small the expectation of maintaining funds in your Trust account and or Retainer account will be expected.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 6.4 (Good)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2018.

Reprimanded issued in NV, 2018
updated on 02/20/2019

This means the attorney did something wrong, but the Bar did not suspend the lawyer. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Work Experience

  • Attorney -Owner
  • The Law Offices of Mandy J. McKellar
  • 2011 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Churchill Harris McKellar
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • Dickerson Law Group
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Attorney At Law
  • Willick Law Group
  • 2007 - 2009
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Education

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2006
  • University of Wyoming
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Associations

  • State Bar of Nevada, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • State Bar of Nevada
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Nevada Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • United States District Court for the District of Nevada
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • American Sign Language

Honors and Awards

  • 50 hours club
  • Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada
  • 2010

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Career Day
  • Career Day at Reynaldo Martinez Elementary
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (9)
Endorse Mandy
Family Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Mandy for several years now. She worked for two of the biggest names in family law in Nevada before opening her own practice. She's a family law MASTER and had been doing family law almost exclusively for years! She really knows her stuff. If I got divorced, I'd call her--that's how much I'd trust her."
Family Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mandy McKellar is a zealous advocate, and exceptional attorney. She works hard for her client's and provides superior service. I highly recommend Ms. McKellar."
Domestic violence Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mandy is a superb family law attorney. I have not had the pleasure to have her as an opposing counsel yet, but she served as a divorce mediator in one of my high dollar cases. She was able to get the case settled, and each party was satisfied with the results."
Family Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mandy is a fantastic Family law attorney. She works hard for her clients and does a great job. She is also trustworthy and very ethical. Therefore, I endorse her."
Family Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Friend
"Mandy is an extremely good lawyer. She gets straight to the heart of any issue, seems to always has the legal knowledge to give an extremely intelligent answer to almost any legal question in family law, and she is a fierce advocate for her clients in the courtroom."
Family Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mandy has been one of my go-to people for family law issues for years. Confident and experienced, she does not waste time with issues that will not advance your case - many people worry about getting a lawyer more interested in billing them for as much money as possible rather than completing a case. You can trust that Mandy will get your case done."
Family Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. McKellar opposed me in a family law matter some months ago and I could not assail her logic with respect to her client's position. In a word, she is reasonable and therefore a winning advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mandy possesses all of the attributes of a great family law attorney. She is honest, knowledgable, and tough. She represents her clients zealously, works hard to settle cases when possible, and is a formidable opponent when litigation is necessary."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mandy is an extremely bright, capable, and caring lawyer who thinks outside the box to achieve the best possible results for her clients. She is always well prepared to handle difficult situations and approaches them in a very diplomatic way. She is among a very small elite group of lawyers whom I would recommend to my own family members if they needed legal assistance."
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Las Vegas Family Lawyer Mandy J. McKellar
Mandy J. McKellar
Family Attorney
Las Vegas, NV
Licensed for 16 years
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2018. See details