Kelsey Gilmore-Futeral

Charleston Attorney Focused on Family Law

Kelsey Gilmore-Futeral practices family law in the counties of Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester. Originally from South Dakota, she came to Charleston to be the Captain of the College of Charleston’s Equestrian Team. After graduating with honors, Mrs. Futeral attended the Charleston School of Law where she also graduated with honors.

As a lawyer, it’s too easy to become jaded and to think of the people we serve as just “clients” or “cases.” That’s a mistake. We should never take for granted what others are going through emotionally and financially when they are caught up in the legal system. To be the best at what we do, we have to be compassionate.

As a Charleston lawyer, Kelsey focuses on family law including child custody and visitation, child support, legal separation, and other family court matters. She is also a guardian ad litem (GAL) in South Carolina’s family courts and in private custody cases and cases involving the Department of Social Services. She also served as an attorney for Charleston County’s GAL program.

Kelsey also focuses on business law. She served as in-house corporate counsel for one of the largest distributors of furniture products in the Southeast. Kelsey deals with trademarks, enforcement of business contracts, issues regarding the eminent domain of commercial property, adherence with state and federal labor laws, and numerous other corporate law matters.

Strong Advocate for Animal Welfare

Kelsey Gilmore-Futeral supports the humane treatment of and rights for animals. In law school, she was a founder and a director of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund for South Carolina. Currently, she is the Secretary for Therapy Dogs, Inc. that is a national organization that supports over 12,000 handler/dog teams who volunteer in animal-assisted activities such as visits to hospitals, special needs centers, schools, and nursing homes. She and her husband Stephan Futeral regularly take their pet therapy dogs to visit the elderly, the disabled, and special-needs children. They also volunteer their time at the Charleston Animal Society and for Keeper of the Wild, an organization dedicated to the conservation, preservation, and rehabilitation of South Carolina’s wildlife.

Professional Accomplishments


Charleston School of Law
Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude – 2010
Honors & Activities:

  • Moot Court Board, Associate Justice of External Competitions
  • Federal Courts Law Review, Member
  • 2009 National Admiralty Moot Court Competition, Semi-finalist
  • CALI Awards in Civil Procedure and Criminal Procedure>
  • Dean’s List 2007 to 2010
  • Merit Scholarship Recipient
  • Student Animal Legal Defense Fund SC Chapter, Founder and Director

College of Charleston
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, Political Science and Spanish – 2006
Honors & Activities:

  • Dean’s List 2003 to 2006
  • Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Society
  • Captain, Equestrian Team
Bar Admissions
  • South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
Associations & Memberships
  • Certified Family Court Mediator
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Certified Guardian Ad Litem
  • South Carolina Women Lawyer’s Association
  • South Carolina Animal Law Committee Chair
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • Center for Women – Member