Kelly grew up in the Seattle area, graduating from John F. Kennedy Memorial High School in Burien in 1979. After working for a number of years in real estate and the software industry, she went to law school. It is there that she discovered that she wanted to practice law in a way that helped people.
"Getting to know my clients as people, not just clients, is the best possible way I have found to fully represent them. When I understand what they need and want, I can work toward those goals. Sometimes you have to hear the back story to understand a person's actions. This is what I strive to do with every person I represent."
Kelly has been married to her husband Grant since 1993 and they have one son. Her love of family and her desire to help people is what motivates her everyday.