This month, we continue our tradition of a staff member interview—#3! —which will continue each month until every person in our office has been featured! We are proud to celebrate each team member, carefully selected over the years, without whom we could not fulfill our promise to empower clients through meaningful effort and supportive interaction to a better new beginning.
This month we are delighted to feature Robyn Kelley, Legal Assistant extraordinaire.
A native Dallasite, over the last 19 years Robyn has worked at medium and large-sized firms —landing at last with Larry for the past 7 years—but at each firm has worked exclusively in family law.
Robyn has been married to Joe M. Kelley, a local CPA, for eleven years. Robyn has two grown children: one girl (a graduate of Boston College), and one boy (a graduate of the University of North Texas) of whom she is very proud. One lives on the East coast, and the other works much of the time on the West coast, so they have fantastic places to visit!
Robyn’s father served in WW II and was a Dallas Police Officer for 30 years. He was on duty the day John Kennedy was assassinated. Her mother worked for the Dallas Public Library. At home, they were surrounded by books – U.S. history, biographies, best-selling fiction, and National Geographic magazine, which fostered a love of reading.
Robyn’s home has forever been a multiple pet household. Inspired by the quote, “Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind,” she puts this wisdom to practical use. For instance, the last rescue her family took in a few years ago was an emaciated stray dog that her son brought home from Seagoville. Ten days later, that stray delivered TEN puppies! It is unusual, under those circumstances, for all ten pups to survive. But with TLC and supplemental bottle feeding, they all made it. Robyn and Joe already had two dogs, giving new meaning to “multiple” pet household. Robyn says, “We found good homes as far away as Austin, two being with our Office Administrator Suzanne, and one with Larry and his family. Oh, did I mention that we kept the Momma and three pups? Honestly, my husband and I can’t wait to arrive home after work each day to see those grateful faces.” Robyn’s 15 minutes of fame, appropriately, was appearing in an issue of D Magazine “Pets and Their People.”
Robyn’s pull towards compassion extends to her clients every day. While each call is different, and some prospective clients lack the words to describe why they’ve put in the call or what question they need to ask, Robyn recognizes that the person on the other end of the line knew they needed to make the call, which is the hardest step. Robyn says, “My job is to listen and help them frame the question. We understand that divorce is the death of a relationship, and a loss to be grieved. We help our clients arrive at the resolution process appropriate for their situation. Our goal is to meet them where they are and help them come out on the other side as a whole as they possibly can. We strive to be their ‘wise counsel’ and think outside the box with creative settlement options. This is especially important when children are involved.”
Robyn understands what clients experience on a visceral level: she’s been through divorce and understands the stress of the process, family dynamics, and the economic realities for a woman after divorce. She can empathize on all levels.
At the end of the day, Robyn believes that as human beings we are made to connect; we all want to love and to be loved. “Marriage,” she says, “can be a complex dance, and divorce can be devastating. I want to impart a feeling of HOPE to our clients. I want them to know that however confused the scene of their life appears, it can be faced, and they will go on to be whole. One chapter is closed, but the next can be very bright. They will be okay. Just like I was.”