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23 Years Legal Experience - California, Family Law


Kelly Waggonner graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a double major in Government and Sociology - a perfect blend for later moving into the area of family law.  Kelly's passion lies with helping people resolve their family law legal disputes or objectives in a manner that affords them dignity, respect, and a fair and just result. Kelly tries to encourage clients to work outside of the court system whenever possible to resolve their disputes, given the recent financial crisis with the California courts, and to try to accomplish their goals more efficiently by pursuing mediation and alternative dispute resolution.  


Kelly loves working with people and serving as a mediator to help couples resolve their disputes together - enabling them to be stakeholders in their own resolutions and child-sharing plans, as opposed to leaving those paramount issues up to an overburdened and financially strained court system.


Unfortunately, not every case presents itself with two reasonable parties and two reasonable attorneys, so Kelly is a zealous and enthusiastic advocate for each and every client who needs courtroom representation.  Kelly also prepares marital and nonmarital agreements, including prenuptial, postnuptial, and cohabitation agreements.  




Practice areas


  1. Family: 80%
    18 years
  2. Mediation: 20%
    13 years



Hourly ($360/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    Kelly is an excellent family law attorney and mediator. She is known as one of the go-to attorneys in town for prenuptial agreements. She also successfully mediates cases as well as litigates contested cases. You are in good hands with Kelly.


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Contact info

Kelly Rae Waggonner, Attorney at Law, APC

4134 Adams Ave.
Loft #5
San Diego, CA, 92116


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199407/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Family Law Certified SpecialistState Bar of California2015
Neighbor of the YearTalmadge Community2011
Volunteer, Superior Court Family Law Facilitator ProgramCertificate of Appreciation2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/AttorneyKelly Rae Waggonner, Attorney at Law, APC2014 - Present
PartnerHiggs, Fletcher & Mack, LLP2009 - 2014
Owner/AttorneyKelly Rae Waggonner, Attorney at Law2003 - 2009
AttorneySeltzer, Caplan, McMahon & Vitek1993 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of California, Board of Legal SpecializationFamily Law Certified Specialist2015 - Present
Talmadge Maintenance Assessment DistrictChair2015 - Present
San Diego Family Law Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Kensington-Talmadge Planning GroupBoard Member2013 - Present
The University of Texas - Texas ExesMember, San Diego Scholarship Committee; Recruiting Volunteer2013 - Present
Talmadge Maintenance and Assessment DistrictBoard Member2012 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationChildren at Risk Committee Volunteer2003 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Family Law SectionMember2000 - Present
State Bar of California, Family Law SectionMember1999 - Present
State Bar of TexasN/A1994 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaN/A1992 - Present
Talmadge Community CouncilChair2008 - 2013
San Diego County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2000 - 2014
Girl ScoutsLeader, Volunteer1997 - 2014
San Diego Center for ChildrenBoard of Trustees1994 - 1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington University National Law CenterDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A1991
University of Texas System, AustinDouble - Government & SociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SDFLBA Spring SeminarDividing A Deficit2015
SDCBA CFLS Marital AgreementsPreparing Prenuptial Agreements2011
SDCBA, Family Law SectionThe Do's and Don'ts of Drafting Prenuptial Agreements2005
National Business Institute - Effective Planning for New Couples in CaliforniaDrafting Prenuptial Agreements2004