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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 private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. We help more than 22,000 children and families each year from more than 20 states and Washington, D.C. Our Evidentiary Family Restoration® approach involves intensive work with the child and family, a focus on measuring outcomes, keeping children in the community whenever safely possible, and providing accountability to families and funders. The EFR approach produces lasting success for children with success rates twice that of traditional services at one-third the cost of traditional care.
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