Kelly A. Powers
Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
Kelly A. Powers has worked to establish Miles & Stockbridge as a leading international family law practice, spearheading the return of dozens of missing children in cases involving international parental abductions of children.
She and her mentor Stephen Cullen, a principal and head of the Family Law Private Client Group, have handled more of these types of cases under the 1980 Hague Convention treaty than any other practice in the world, said Miles & Stockbridge chair Nancy Greene.
John B. Frisch, former chairman and CEO of the firm, spoke about Powers when she received the Jean Crowe Pro Bono Award from the American Bar Association’s Family Law Section in 2017.
“The work Kelly does – both in the day-to-day and in the wider ripples of creating precedent – changes people’s lives, often dramatically, and helps set a course toward justice for those who have almost lost faith in the ideal itself,” he said.
Powers was the lead associate in the 2012 Supreme Court case Chafin v. Chafin, which helped establish how Hague Convention treaty cases are handled in the court system today. She provides at least 750 hours of pro bono service each year for child abduction matters, including survivors of domestic violence who have fled their home countries to the U.S. to seek asylum and protection for their children.
In 2018, she became practice group leader for Commercial, Business and Real Estate Litigation – which includes Family Law & Private Clients as a subgroup. Powers was named an equity principal attorney in 2017 and director of the Miles & Stockbridge Pro Bono Advocate Program.
She has clients in the firm’s Baltimore and Washington D.C. offices and has been instrumental in growing the firm’s family law practice in the United Kingdom.