Kelley is the founder of Deka Law Group. She is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. Her practice areas include estate and business succession planning, trust administration, probate, conservatorship and guardianship law, as well as nonprofit advising and mediation. Kelley worked alongside her grandfather, Robert D. Bannon, and eventually took over his successful estate planning practice that served Pasadena and the greater Los Angeles area for more than 50 years. Over the past 10 years, Kelley has expanded the firm’s practice into Ventura County where Deka now serves clients in its Westlake Village office. Having started her career in San Luis Obispo County, Kelley serves clients all over California.

EDUCATION

Juris Doctor, Santa Clara University School of Law, 1999
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1995

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Certified Specialist, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
California Bar Association, Member
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section, Executive Committee, Member
Pasadena Bar Association, Member
Los Angeles Superior Court, Pro Bono Settlement Officer
Los Angeles Superior Court, Probate Volunteer Panel
Conejo Valley Estate Planning Council, Member
Pepperdine School of Law, Advanced Wills & Trusts, Lecturer
CEB, Business Buy-Sell Agreements, Estate Planning Considerations chapter, Author
California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, Contributor
Lorman Education Services, MCLE Lecturer

PRIOR WORK HISTORY

Anglea & Bannon, Pasadena, 2005–2010
Sinsheimer, Schiebelhut & Baggett, San Luis Obispo, 1999–2005
Oakland Raiders, Law Clerk, 1997–1998

COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS

Pasadena Community Foundation, Professional Advisors Committee, 2015–present
Cal Poly Athletic Director’s Advisory Council, 2015–present
Cal Poly Varsity Club, President, 2015–present
Thousand Oaks Lacrosse, Board of Directors, 2019–present
Five Acres, Board of Directors, 2011–2020
Cal Poly Alumni Association, Board of Directors, 2011–2017
Oaks Christian School, Endowment Advisory Council, 2015–2017
Five Acres, Planned Giving Committee Chair, 2006–2011
Cal Poly Mustang Athletic Fund, Board of Directors, 2002–2005
SLO County High School Mock Trial Competition, Co-Chair, 2001–2004
Central Coast Planned Giving Council, Executive Committee, 2004–2005
SLO County Economic Vitality Corporation, Board of Directors, 2003–2004
Leadership San Luis Obispo, Class XII, 2003

SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS

Five Acres Person of the Year, 2019
Cal Poly Honored Alumni, Distinguished Service Award Recipient, 2017
Pasadena Magazine, Top Attorneys, 2010–present
Pasadena Community Foundation, Top Professional Advisor, 2013
Santa Clara University, Public Interest Law Student of the Year, 1999
Santa Clara University School of Law, Honors Moot Court Team, 1998
Cal Poly Athletics, Female Athlete of the Year, 1994
NCAA D2 Western Region First Team, Softball, 1994
California Collegiate Athletic Association, MVP Softball, 1994
Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame, 1991

PERSONAL

Kelley and her husband, Dan, live in Thousand Oaks with their two children. She enjoys being a volleyball and lacrosse mom, playing golf, scrapbooking and traveling with her family in their motorhome. A little-known fact is that Kelley always wore the number 10 on her jersey, as her father, who played professional baseball, did before her. And, after 10 years of growing her law practice in Southern California and deciding to re-brand, she realized her team consisted of precisely 10 members. Hence, the name Deka! 

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