About Kelley

As a University of Houston Law Center alumna, I have devoted 100% of my legal career to criminal law, personally handling each of my client’s cases. My goal is always to defend the innocent and help clients positively redirect their lives out of the criminal justice system. The most rewarding parts of my work are the long-term relationships I have built with my clients, their families and our community.

Born in Hartford, Connecticut, I moved to Houston in the 1980s after my parents divorced. I graduated from Langham Creek High School in 1990 and later earned my B.S. in Anthropology with a minor in Psychology at the University of Houston. Driven by my fascination with understanding people, I graduated summa cum laude in 2004 and began law school at the University of Houston Law Center.

While in law school I worked in the Juvenile Defense Clinic of the University of Houston, where I helped minors charged with criminal offenses as well as children and families that had unfortunately found themselves in the Harris County District Court system due to contact with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (CPS). During my time at the Law Center, I also clerked for The Downey Law Firm, where I joined full-time upon passing the Texas Bar in 2007.

In 2013 I opened my own law firm near my home in Oak Forest, where I spend time enjoying Houston’s public spaces with my friends and family, my wonderful nieces and nephew, and my two handsome rescue dogs, Milo and Henry.
In addition to building relationships with my clients, I have been fortunate to work closely with defense attorneys, prosecutors, judges, probation officers, members of courtroom staff, and law enforcement officers in Harris County and across southeast Texas. My tremendous respect for the dedication of these civil servants and my commitment to bettering the lives of Harris County citizens are the reasons I am running for Judge.