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Kelly Carlson, Managing Director of Legal Matters / General Counsel

Kelly Carlson joined Youth Villages as managing director of legal matters / general counsel in 2013. She previously worked with Youth Villages as outside counsel for 18 years.

Carlson earned her juris doctor degree from the University of Memphis and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Murray State University, cum laude. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a reporter, photographer and editor for a daily newspaper and as a Tennessee Department of Labor manager.

Carlson has been recommended by Chambers USA and Best of the U.S. for labor and employment law. She has also been listed as one of the top labor and employment attorneys in Memphis by HR magazine and as one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business by the Memphis Business Journal. She has held a Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating of AV-Preeminent® for more than 15 years with recognition in both the labor and employment and litigation areas. She is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and the Memphis Bar Association; has served as chair, vice chair and treasurer of the Labor and Employment Section of the Memphis Bar Association; and has served on the Tennessee Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section's executive committee.

Carlson and her husband, Paul, have four children, Lauren, Wyatt, Audrey and Elizabeth.

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Youth Villages is a national leader in children’s mental and behavioral health bringing help and hope to more than 25,000 children, families and young people across the United States this year. The organization offers a continuum of evidence- and research-based programs, including its two national models: YVIntercept, which offers intensive in-home services, and YVLifeSet, which gives former foster youth a good start on a successful adulthood.
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