David H. Kelsey, Attorney
David H. Kelsey is the founding shareholder of Atkinson & Kelsey, P.A., New Mexico's first and most experienced family law firm. He has devoted his practice exclusively to family law since 1973. His peers and competitors have called him the dean of family law attorneys in New Mexico.
During the early 1970s, Kelsey became aware of a growing need for experienced family law attorneys. At the time, family law was not a recognized or respected area of law. In 1973, Kelsey made a risky decision: the firm would specialize in and practice only family law. As he explains it, "It's a major area of law, and more people are directly affected by it than by all of the other areas of law put together."
In the ensuing 46 years, Kelsey has not only built the state's largest family law firm, but also has achieved other numerous distinctions:
1. The only attorney listed in every edition of Best Lawyers in America
Committed to educating the next generation, Kelsey has trained and mentored many of the state's premier family law attorneys. He has taught advanced family law at the University of New Mexico School of Law, and has lectured and written extensively on family law subjects for over 30 years. Among his many publications, he wrote the New Mexico Divorce Manual and co-authored the New Mexico Domestic Relations Manual.
Kelsey serves on various non-profit boards and is chair of the New Mexico Thomas More Society and its annual Red Mass. He is active in the Jewish-Catholic Dialogue and is a member of the Religious Studies Board of the University of New Mexico and Catholic Charities of Central New Mexico. He is also a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
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