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Chelsi Jolly

Chelsi JollyChelsi Jolly is a seasoned family law attorney and a Senior Associate at McIlveen Family Law Firm, based in the Gastonia office. Her expertise covers a broad spectrum of family law matters, including child custody, child support, spousal support, equitable distribution, domestic violence, divorce, mediation, arbitration, and separation agreements.

Personal Journey to Family Law

Family Influence and Early Exposure: As the daughter and stepdaughter of two family law attorneys and the middle child in a blended family of six, Jolly grew up immersed in the world of family law. Dinner conversations about trial strategy and case management sparked her interest from a young age, and she began working in a family law firm at seventeen.

Educational Path: Jolly headed south for college, attending Clemson University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She then pursued her law degree at the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill, continually focusing on family law and gaining experience through internships.

Professional Experience and Goals

Diverse Legal Experience: Jolly's legal career took her to Los Angeles, California, where she practiced family law at a prestigious firm in Beverly Hills and volunteered with a domestic violence clinic in Santa Monica. Her commitment to helping clients is a testament to her passion for advocacy and justice. She's a member of the North Carolina State Bar, California State Bar (inactive), and Gaston County Bar Association.

Client Empowerment and Advocacy: Jolly is passionate about educating and empowering her clients, ensuring they feel confident and at ease throughout their legal journey. Her objective is to understand each client's goals and leverage her experience to achieve them, with a commitment to diligent representation. 

Personal Interests and Lifestyle: When not at the office, Jolly enjoys family time, hiking with her dogs Bowman and Charlie at Crowder’s Mountain, or delving into a good book.

Advocating with Compassion and Expertise

In every case, Jolly strives to transcend the role of a mere legal representative; her ambition is to be a compassionate advisor and a tenacious advocate for her clients. Her approach to family law is rooted in a deep understanding of its complexities, whether it's skillfully navigating child custody intricacies or ensuring fair spousal support agreements. Jolly's primary aim is to make certain that every client feels thoroughly supported and confidently informed. With her expert guidance and unwavering commitment, she provides steadfast support to clients throughout their legal journey, ensuring their voices are heard and their objectives are met.

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