Kelly, one of the founding members of the firm, believes that success is achieved through hard work, preparation, and dedication to accomplishing the mission. Having served on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and attaining the rank of Major, he understands the importance of these traits and applies them to every case he handles. Kelly also understands the value of teamwork and implements this principle by working closely with his clients to find the best solution.
Since 1989, Kelly has developed an active defense practice in the areas of civil rights litigation, employment law, real estate litigation, products liability, truckinglitigation, and complex business and commercial litigation. He represents a wide variety of clients in a multitude of settings, including successes in State and Federal courts andin matters involving the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. His accomplishments have been recognized in various ways, including being listed by Best Lawyers as one of The Best Lawyers in America and as a top attorney is Alabama by Super Lawyers. Kelly was also named on of “Birmingham’s Top Attorneys” by Birmingham Magazine, “Best of the Bar” by the Birmingham Business Journal and received the highest Martindale-Hubbell peer rating of AV-Preeminent®. Kelly was recently recognized in the Benchmark Litigation 2019 as a Labor and Employment Star.
Outside of his profession, Kelly is a committed outdoorsman. He enjoys hunting, college football and relaxing at the family farm with his four daughters.
Kelly earned his BS in Finance from Auburn University, his MBA from Samford University and his JD from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.
- Alabama State Bar, 1985
- United States District Court for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
- Defense Research Institute
- Leadership Council for the Alabama Center for Real Estate