Stephanie Kelly

Litigation Manager

Kelly_StephanieThe divorce process is not easy. It is frustrating, and at times you will feel like giving in so that you can just get it over with. Other times, you will be so angry that you will want to take as much as you can from the opposing party.

Stephanie L. Kelly said it’s her job as a divorce lawyer to keep a level head throughout the process for the sake of her clients.

“My goal is to always be honest with you about when you are being unreasonable, when you are being too generous, and the entire spectrum of scenarios that you may expect,” Ms. Kelly said. “Being informed is being empowered.”

Ms. Kelly found family law appealing after participating in a Guardian ad Litem program that opened her eyes to the need children have for representation in the court system and the profound effect that the court system can have on their lives.

“I genuinely want to help make the experience of ending a marriage as painless as possible for my clients, especially when children are involved,” Ms. Kelly said. “Of course, if I feel that my client is being treated unjustly, I will fight to make sure that justice is served.”

Licenses & Admissions

Ms. Kelly is licensed to practice law in North Carolina.


Ms. Kelly received both her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History and her Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Professional Experience

Ms. Kelly solely practiced family law for two years at a family law firm in Charlotte before joining Cordell & Cordell. Prior to law school, she worked for the Guardian ad Litem program in Durham, N.C, a program that advocates for abused and neglected children in the court system.


Ms. Kelly belongs to the North Carolina Bar Association.

Speeches, Seminars, & Publications

Ms. Kelly has presented to fellow attorneys at a National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education seminar titled “Handling Divorce Cases from Start to Finish.”



“I like working with Stephanie, because sometimes in divorces you need to give legal advice but also personal guidance and counseling. She did a very good job with that and I appreciated it. I am not sure whether she knew it or not but the information she gave was so helpful.”


“Stephanie gave great advice in a particularly delicate situation and guided me the best way possible through the situation that I was dealing with. She did a real good job.”


“Stephanie wrapped up my case very well. Stephanie has the best attitude and is 100% knowledgeable on the law as it relates to [North Carolina]. You can’t go wrong with Stephanie – that is for sure. Her office has friendly staff as well.”


“Stephanie has been awesome, as well as the Raleigh-Durham staff. My case is unique, but Stephanie is knowledgeable and flexible enough to roll with the many changes that have popped up. I could not be happier with having gone with your firm.”


“Stephanie always gave me solid legal advice and guidance through every step of my case. I’m happy with how my case was handled by her …”


“Stephanie did such a wonderful job on my case. Stephanie always got back to me right away whenever I emailed her or called her and made me feel like I was her only client. I will re-retain Stephanie and your firm again if need be.”


“My experience with Stephanie Kelly was excellent.  I was extremely pleased with her professionalism and attention to detail.  She took care of everything and kept me in the loop along the way.”


“Stephanie is a marvelous attorney. You can tell that she cares about your interests and goals. She works hard and has made this as good of an experience as possible.”


“… I feel compelled to reach out and express my gratitude to the firm. … Stephanie Horton is amazing, sensational, compassionate,  extremely intelligent, and tough.  She listened and began to formulate a plan. We had one goal. That was to achieve 50/50 joint custody. Her tenacity is the reason why we achieved this goal. I am forever grateful to her for this. Stephanie has kept me grounded during  the entire process. She has picked me up when I needed it. She is also not afraid to advise me if I was not making the best decision and would remind me of the big picture. I put all my faith in her and she never let me down. I was always updated, and she would check in with me just to see how I was doing. I am so thankful for her.  Stephanie is the reason that this ordeal is behind me. Stephanie is considered family now. I couldn’t be happier with her! …”

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Prior to law school, Ms. Kelly was the volunteer coordinator for the Guardian ad Litem Program in Durham, N.C., through the Americorps VISTA program.