Kelly LeBlanc has been practicing law for over 32 years. She has been admitted to practice in five (5) jurisdictions and appeared on behalf of litigants at the state and federal level. She served as an Administrative Health Law Judge with the Department of Health and worked as a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in Pierce County many years before joining Insight Family Law Group as Senior Counsel. When the Court was faced with particularly difficult cases, Kelly was often designated to investigate and provide recommendations on how best to protect the interests of the child(ren) involved.
As a GAL, Kelly served as the court’s designated expert in hundreds of cases relating to child custody. She was routinely subject to cross-examination in contested family law proceedings and experienced trial tactics by dozens of her colleagues both as a witness and advocate. While serving as a Health Law Judge for the Department of Health, Kelly presided over licensing and disciplinary proceedings involving medical doctors, dentists, therapists, and other health care providers facing charges under the Uniform Disciplinary Act. In this role, Kelly was charged with the responsibility for making evidentiary rulings and ensuring fairness and integrity in conduct of proceedings.
Kelly has not only experienced what it feels like from the witness box, she has also experienced the challenges facing the fact finders in judicial proceedings. Thus, Kelly understands the importance of preparing cases in a way that will afford her the ability to defend her work and recommendations down to the smallest detail, and her experience as GAL provides her with a unique vantage point, or “head start,” from which to prepare her own clients.
When Kelly is in the courtroom, she dominates with her smart, direct and thorough legal arguments while maintaining the utmost professionalism. Kelly tempers her natural perfectionism with efficiency, yet takes the time to ensure that her clients are well-informed throughout each aspect of the case. Her skill and work ethic is widely respected within the legal community. While serving as a neutral investigator, Kelly established herself as someone who could be trusted and along with that, developed good rapport with the Judges, Commissioners, and supporting staff. Kelly has a wide range of experience which helps her formulate arguments, theories, and themes that resonate with the Court. Additionally, she has a deep understanding of the issues confronting families during divorce and custody cases and can provide seasoned advice on how to address concerns with domestic violence, chemical dependency, or complex medical or mental health issues. She has in-depth knowledge of programs and resources available through DSHS, JBLM Family Advocacy, and a well-developed network of private resources who provide support and assistance for families and children facing difficult times.
Kelly and her husband came to Washington in 1995. They have had the joy (“most of the time,” says Kelly) of raising six children but are now “empty nesters” and grandparents! Three of her children still reside in Washington so that made the transition from “full house” to a “much roomier (and generally cleaner) one” a little easier. Kelly and her husband both enjoy cooking though she admits: “I like cooking even more when he does it.” During her leisure time, she loves hosting family and friends at social gatherings or taking off to go camping. She also enjoys running, hiking, bicycling, hanging out with friends, and / or simply relaxing with a good book when she’s not working.
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