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Kelly Powers is a principal in the firm’s Family Law & Private Clients Group. She represents parents and children in state, interstate, UCCJEA, and international family and child law matters. Her practice focuses on the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Kelly’s practice includes international child abduction matters, custody, child support, divorce, financial remedies, alimony, adoption, second parent adoption, protection from domestic violence, marital contracts, marital torts, and reputation management.

Before joining Miles & Stockbridge, Kelly was the judicial law clerk to The Honorable Audrey J.S. Carrion, the former Judge in Charge of the Family Division of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.

Affiliations & Recognition

Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association: Family Law Committee

  • Anne Arundel County Bar Association: Family Law Committee

  • Baltimore County Bar Association: Family Law Committee

  • Bar Association of Baltimore City: Family Law Committee

  • District of Columbia Bar Association

  • Fairfax County Bar Association: Family Law Committee

  • International Bar Association: Professional Ethics Committee

  • Maryland State Bar Association

  • The Women’s Law Center of Maryland: President (2014-2016); Board Member (2009-2018)

  • Towson University Foundation: Board of Directors

  • Virginia State Bar


  • American Bar Association’s Section of Family Law Jean Crowe Pro Bono Award (2017)

  • Baltimore Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 (2018)

  • Best Lawyers in America®: Selected for inclusion in the area of Family Law and Mediation in Maryland and Washington, DC (2020)

  • Capital (D.C.) Pro Bono Honor Roll: For work conducted in 2018

  • Maryland Super Lawyers® - Rising Stars Edition: Selected for inclusion in the area of Family Law (2010-2013)

  • Miles & Stockbridge Pro Bono Advocate Award (2012)

  • The Daily Record: Successful Before 40/VIP List (2018)

  • Washington D.C. Super Lawyers® - Rising Stars Edition: Selected for inclusion in the area of Family Law (2014-2019)


Case Examples

Abbott v. Abbott

Abbott v. Abbott, 560 U.S. 1 (2010), Counsel Amicus Curiae for the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private Intern...

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Lozano v. Alvarez

Lozano v. Alvarez, 134 S.Ct. 1224 (2014) Counsel Amicus Curiae for Reunite International Child Abduction Centre...

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Gamboa v. Murphy

Gamboa v. Murphy, Civil Action No. DKC 16-3716, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 168038 (D. Md. Dec. 5, 2016)....

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Press Coverage


Speaking Engagements

"Hague Convention Course," 2019 Florida Circuit Court Judges Annual Business and Education Conference, Naples, FL (August 5-6, 2019).
"Mentoring in Civility," Maryland State Bar Association, Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Annual Meeting (May 13, 2009).
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