Kristi Cahoon Kelly is a consumer law attorney that focuses her practice on advocating for individuals in state and federal courts in Virginia, District of Columbia and Maryland. Described by her peers as someone “who takes- and wins- the cases others won’t touch,” she was selected as a Virginia “Leader in the Law” for the Class of 2014.
Ms. Kelly focuses the majority of her practice on assisting consumers with credit reporting and employment background check mistakes, mortgage servicing errors and preventing abusive debt collection. Ms. Kelly has successfully litigated hundreds of cases for individuals and as class actions.
Ms. Kelly is a regular speaker on credit reporting and mortgage servicing issues for the National Consumer Law Center, Virginia CLE and various legal aid organizations throughout the country.
She regularly volunteers her time to speak to various nonprofit and community organizations to train and educate individual and community stakeholders on their rights.
Ms. Kelly also regularly volunteers her time to assist indigent consumers and active duty military or veterans referred from legal aid organizations or nonprofit organizations.
After graduating law school, Ms. Kelly worked for Legal Services of Northern Virginia as a housing and consumer law attorney. In that position, she co-founded the Foreclosure Legal Assistance Program (FLAP) to provide legal advice and housing counseling to prevent foreclosures.
In that capacity, she supervised and trained a network of attorneys and staff throughout northern Virginia. Ms. Kelly has been a presenter at various trainings on the local and statewide level focusing on foreclosure prevention, consumer rights for domestic violence survivors, landlord tenant law, predatory loans, dealing with debt collectors and understanding credit reports.
- J.D., University of Richmond, TC Williams School of Law, 2006
- B.A., Dickinson College, 2003
JURISDICTIONS ADMITTED TO PRACTICE:
- United States District Court Virginia, 2006
- United States District Court District of Columbia, 2007
- United States District Court of Maryland, 2014
PROFESSIONAL & BAR ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP:
- Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
- Fairfax Bar Association
- National Association of Consumer Advocates
- Virginia Poverty Law Center, Member Board of Directors
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