Kelly is a Partner at Fragomen’s Houston office, where she represents clients across a variety of industries, including the international energy sector, manufacturing, information technology, finance and shipping. She guides corporations in the development and implementation of strategic immigration policies and advises U.S. and international clients on immigration issues related to corporate restructuring including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and start-ups. Kelly has a broad range of experience in all areas of employment immigration, including nonimmigrant and immigrant visas, labor certifications, and family-based cases and citizenship.

Kelly has in-depth experience working within Houston’s international energy sector, primarily focusing on large volume corporate immigration, including management of both U.S. immigration and global migration. She has more than 20 years of experience counseling clients in U.S. Outer Continental Shelf compliance, particularly focusing on assisting international corporations in vessel exemptions, specialist work authorizations and crew member exemptions.


South Texas College of Law | J.D., 1997
Southwest Texas State University | B.A., 1986


Listed in Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.), 2010-2021

Listed in Chambers USA (Chambers and Partners), 2006-2008, 2017-2020

Listed in Who's Who Legal: Corporate Immigration (Law Business Research Ltd.), 2021

Listed in The Legal 500 United States (Legalease Ltd.) 2013 as a “Recommended Attorney” 

Listed as a “Top Rated Immigration Attorney” in Texas Super Lawyers (Thompson Reuters), 2009-2013, and as a “Rising Star,” 2005-2007

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar Admissions: Texas

Court Admissions: Supreme Court of Texas

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Houston Bar Association

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

Member, Texas Women Lawyers

Member, United Way Women’s Initiative

Member, United Way Young Leaders

Lifetime Member, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Represented U.S. and global corporations in obtaining work authorizations for entire vessel crew and specialists assigned to the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf

Managed PERM labor certification programs for large engineering and information technology companies

Advised U.S. and international clients on immigration implications for complex corporate restructuring

Partnered with clients to proactively address the issues related to maintaining and deploying an international workforce

Publications and Lectures

Speaker, “Redefining Success: Knowing What You Want, Why You Deserve It, and How to Get It.” The Women in Legal & Corporate Leadership Summit: Houston, Houston, TX, 11 March 2020.

Author, “Five Common Misconceptions about Foreign Workers Offshore.” Houston Business Journal, March 4, 2010: n.pag. Web. January 2014.