Kelly A. KochAssociate
Kelly is a member of the Domestic Relations Department and focuses her practice on divorce, child custody, antenuptial agreements, post-divorce issues, guardianships and probate litigation.
Kelly is chair-elect of the Hampden County Bar Association’s New Lawyers Section and a member of its Community Outreach Committee. She is also involved in the Young Professionals Society of Greater Springfield and the Western Massachusetts chapter of the Brandeis University Alumni Association, and has served as a volunteer judge and mentor for students at Western New England College School of Law. Kelly was recognized in the 2011 “40 Under Forty” list of outstanding young western Massachusetts business and community leaders published by BusinessWest.
She has been a Big Sister with the Big Sisters Big Brothers of Hampden County since 2007 and has volunteered for a number of other organizations, including serving as a legal aid to Hurricane Katrina victims in Biloxi, Mississippi. Prior to law school, Kelly was a statistician and production assistant at ESPN.
She is also involved in the Young Professionals Society of Greater Springfield and the Western Massachusetts chapter of the Brandeis University Alumni Association. She has also been selected for inclusion in the Rising Star lists published by New England Super Lawyers magazine since 2011.
Kelly’s recent speaking engagements include serving as faculty for an MCLE seminar on Sophisticated Issues in Western Massachusetts Family Law Practice and participating as a panelist for a Boston Bar Association/HCBA-hosted Practicing with Professionalism course for newly-admitted lawyers.
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Prior to joining the firm, Kelly served as law clerk to the Probate and Family Court, Western Division.
Co-Author: “Guidelines for Court-Involved Therapy: A Best Practice Approach for Mental Health Professionals,” Family Court Review 49.3 (July 2011): 557-563.
Tried and settled several alimony modification cases brought about by the Alimony Reform Act of 2011, including a trial victory denying the reinstitution of alimony totaling $500,000.
Obtained equitable relief for intersex person seeking gender correction.
Successfully tried divorce case for wounded military veteran whose then-spouse sought to obtain a portion of his disability pension.
Settled numerous divorce and modification actions for current members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Assisted client with having the court declare a purported will to be invalid.