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Melissa L. Kelso

Melissa L. Kelso

Managing Attorney
Kelso Law LLC

Kelso opened her firm in May 2016. In addition to managing the office, which is in Carlisle, she practices full time in the areas of real estate, municipal, business and estate planning. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Law School.

As with other industries, technological advances in the law “have attempted to push it towards more virtual interactions aimed at efficient production,” Kelso explained. “While this helps in some respects … in other ways it also leads to less personalized service. I think we need to find a way to balance technological efficiencies with maintaining the ability to actually resolve issues … on a personal level. Our industry cannot fully provide competent representation without personal interaction.”

She said her career, and firm, is built on relationships. “I emphasize each day that we’re a customer service industry. I’ve had the opportunity to start with clients when they’re small and work with them while they grow, as we’ve grown as well. Those relationships … feel the most rewarding,” while growing pains remain the most challenging for the small firm.

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