Kelli McGonagle

Attorney, Parenting Coordinator

While separation and divorce often bring stress, my clients can count on my compassion, preparation, and advocacy to guide them through the legal process toward a better tomorrow.
Kelli McGonagle


Kelli declared at eight years old that she wanted to be an attorney. Her caring and compassionate nature, and her passion for advocating for children, led her to the practice of family law. Kelli seeks to help families through some of the most difficult times in their lives, while keeping the best interest of the children and her clients at the forefront when advocating on their behalf. She strives to serve as a zealous advocate for her clients. She understands the stress associated with separation and divorce and she knows her clients need someone to be on their side to guide them through the legal process. Kelli provides that guidance for each of her clients every step of the way. Her regular practice includes Wake and Johnston Counties.

Kelli is also a parenting coordinator trained to help families in high‑conflict custody cases carry out provisions of a custody order while focusing on the best interest of their child(ren). Being a mom of four lends additional training and expertise on a daily basis. Kelli’s goal for each family is to reduce their reliance on the court, reduce the conflict between parents, and improve their co-parenting relationship.

Kelli is originally from South Carolina but enjoyed her undergrad years in the mountains of North Carolina at Western Carolina University where she majored in Business Law. After graduation, Kelli headed west to the University of Tulsa College of Law where she worked on her first family law cases as a student with the Boesche Legal Clinic, and later as a Licensed Legal Intern at a family law firm. Kelli was admitted to practice in Florida and began her legal career with Children’s Legal Services of the Florida Department of Children and Families, advocating for abused and neglected children. Kelli and her family relocated back to North Carolina in 2009 and refocused her practice on serving families here in the triangle area.

When not assisting clients, Kelli is very involved in her community. She serves on the board of directors for the Poe Center as an advocate for providing engaging health-science education for people of all ages. Additionally, as a board member of the Cleveland Area Backpack Buddies, she is privileged to work with an outstanding group of volunteers and area elementary schools to alleviate the needs of food insecure children and families in her community. At the heart of all Kelli does, are her four daughters. She and her husband enjoy cheering them on in all that they do and spending time together as a family.