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Michael F. Kelly

312 E Fulton
Grand Rapids MI 49503
1 616 774 0125

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Kelly law offices p.c.


Kelly Law Offices, P.C. is a boutique law firm nestled within the renowned Heritage Hill District in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. The firm’s clients enjoy all the benefits of a downtown firm with the charm of the historic district, advantage of easy accessibility and the privilege of free private parking.

Please Call: 1 616 774 0125

TIRELESS - RELENTLESS - DEDICATED - CREATIVE - PASSIONATE

Practicing these principles, Michael F. Kelly has established himself as a go-to attorney for serious personal injury; criminal defense, with special emphasis on drunk driving; operating while intoxicated (OWI) charges; driver’s license restoration; wills; estate planning; estate administration; and business organizations. Michael F. Kelly has earned the respect of his adversaries and the trust of his clients. His mission is to treat every client as unique. He approaches each matter by gaining a complete and thorough appreciation of the circumstances in which the client’s needs arise. He calls upon over 40 years of legal experience and, through creativity, sound legal reasoning, technical proficiency and old fashioned hard work, strives to achieve the results needed by the client. He is careful never to lose sight of how this specific dispute and its resolution will impact the client in the short and long term.

Membership and Associations

Michael F. Kelly is a member of the American Bar Association, Michigan Bar Association, Grand Rapids Bar Association - Litigation Section, Kent County Criminal Defense Bar, Michigan Association for Justice (formerly Michigan Trial Lawyers Association), and American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America) - Traumatic Brain Injury Section. He has been accepted as an Advocate of the National College of Advocacy. He is listed in Martindale-Hubbell with an “AV” rating and is a member of the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. The Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register is limited to only the most distinguished lawyers who have achieved the “AV” rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. The “A” signifies the highest level of legal ability, while the “V” denotes “very high” adherence to the professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence.

Not Just an Attorney

In addition to managing a busy docket and administering a thriving firm, Michael F. Kelly is a member of the faculty of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE). He has also lectured and written on the Michigan Drunk Driving Law and the Michigan No Fault Law, and the use of video applications and trial practice techniques in the criminal and personal injury practice. He is the former president of the American Inns of Court - Gerald R. Ford Chapter, and former member of the Michigan State Bar Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and the Grand Rapids Bar Lawyer Referral Committee.

CURRICULUM VITAE

Birth Information

  • 1939, Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Education

  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Detroit, Michigan, 1965 J.D.
  • Aquinas College, 1962 B.S.B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • All Michigan Courts, 1966
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Michigan, 1966
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Michigan, 1966

Published Works

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Lecturer, Michigan Trial Lawyers Association Seminar
  • Lecturer, Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Lecturer, Business Law, Davenport College
  • Drunk Driving Defense Law Update: Even More Changes, ICLE, 1995
  • Michigan Drunk Driving Defense Update, ICLE, 1996
  • Fundamentals of Drunk Driving Cases, ICLE, 2003
  • Moderator & Lecturer, Drunk Driving Update, ICLE, 2008

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Former Member, Lawyer Referral Committee
  • State Bar of Michigan, Negligence Section, Member
  • State Bar of Michigan, Former Member, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Kent County Criminal Defense Bar Association, Member
  • The American Association for Justice (formerly The Association of Trial Lawyers of America), Member
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Section, Member
  • Advocate of the National College of Advocacy
  • Michigan Association for Justice (formerly Michigan Trial Lawyers Association), Member
  • Former President, American Inns of Court - Gerald R. Ford Chapter

Past Employment Positions

  • City of Grand Rapids, Ordinance Enforcement Division, Assistant City Attorney

Please Call: 1 616 774 0125

Michael F. Kelly

Senior Member of Kelly Law Offices, P.C. serving West Michigan and the Greater Grand Rapids Metropolitan Area for Over Four Decades

E-mail: mkelly@mkellylawoffice.com · Phone #: 616-774-0125

Michael F. Kelly, Attorney at Law

TIRELESS - RELENTLESS - DEDICATED - CREATIVE - PASSIONATE

Practicing these principles, Michael F. Kelly has established himself as a go-to attorney for serious personal injury; criminal defense, with special emphasis on drunk driving; operating while intoxicated (OWI) charges; driver’s license restoration; wills; estate planning; estate administration; and business organizations. Michael F. Kelly has earned the respect of his adversaries and the trust of his clients. His mission is to treat every client as unique. He approaches each matter by gaining a complete and thorough appreciation of the circumstances in which the client’s needs arise. He calls upon over 40 years of legal experience and, through creativity, sound legal reasoning, technical proficiency and old fashioned hard work, strives to achieve the results needed by the client. He is careful never to lose sight of how this specific dispute and its resolution will impact the client in the short and long term.

Membership and Associations

Michael F. Kelly is a member of the American Bar Association, Michigan Bar Association, Grand Rapids Bar Association - Litigation Section, Kent County Criminal Defense Bar, Michigan Association for Justice (formerly Michigan Trial Lawyers Association), and American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America) - Traumatic Brain Injury Section. He has been accepted as an Advocate of the National College of Advocacy. He is listed in Martindale-Hubbell with an “AV” rating and is a member of the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. The Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register is limited to only the most distinguished lawyers who have achieved the “AV” rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. The “A” signifies the highest level of legal ability, while the “V” denotes “very high” adherence to the professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence.

Not Just an Attorney

In addition to managing a busy docket and administering a thriving firm, Michael F. Kelly is a member of the faculty of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE). He has also lectured and written on the Michigan Drunk Driving Law and the Michigan No Fault Law, and the use of video applications and trial practice techniques in the criminal and personal injury practice. He is the former president of the American Inns of Court - Gerald R. Ford Chapter, and former member of the Michigan State Bar Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and the Grand Rapids Bar Lawyer Referral Committee.

CURRICULUM VITAE

Birth Information

  • 1939, Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Education

  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Detroit, Michigan, 1965 J.D.
  • Aquinas College, 1962 B.S.B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • All Michigan Courts, 1966
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Michigan, 1966
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Michigan, 1966

Published Works

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Lecturer, Michigan Trial Lawyers Association Seminar
  • Lecturer, Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Lecturer, Business Law, Davenport College
  • Drunk Driving Defense Law Update: Even More Changes, ICLE, 1995
  • Michigan Drunk Driving Defense Update, ICLE, 1996
  • Fundamentals of Drunk Driving Cases, ICLE, 2003
  • Moderator & Lecturer, Drunk Driving Update, ICLE, 2008

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Former Member, Lawyer Referral Committee
  • State Bar of Michigan, Negligence Section, Member
  • State Bar of Michigan, Former Member, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Kent County Criminal Defense Bar Association, Member
  • The American Association for Justice (formerly The Association of Trial Lawyers of America), Member
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Section, Member
  • Advocate of the National College of Advocacy
  • Michigan Association for Justice (formerly Michigan Trial Lawyers Association), Member
  • Former President, American Inns of Court - Gerald R. Ford Chapter

Past Employment Positions

  • City of Grand Rapids, Ordinance Enforcement Division, Assistant City Attorney

Portrait of Michael Kelly

Kara R. Sova

E-Mail: KSova@mkellylawoffice.comPhone #: 616-774-0125

Kara Sova majored in legal studies at Grand Valley State University and graduated with a B.S. degree in 1997. She began her employment with Kelly Law Offices, P.C. as a paralegal and provided the firm with legal support services for a period of 10 years.

While working as a paralegal, Kara attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School; she carried a double concentration in the fields of General Practice, Solo & Small Firms and Litigation. Kara earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) in January of 2007 and was admitted to the practice of law in the State of Michigan in May of 2007.

Kara is a member of the American Bar Association; the American Inns of Court; the Michigan Association for Justice; the Michigan Bar Association; and the Grand Rapids Bar Association. Kara is also a member of the Grand Rapids Bar Association’s litigation group.

Kara’s legal training and extensive experience as a paralegal allows her to provide superb legal services in the areas of:

Services

Kelly Law Offices, P.C. provides the highest degree of legal services in West Michigan and the Grand Rapids area.

We provide the following services to you:


Personal Injury

Personal injury Law compensates an individual who has been injured by another, either physically or emotionally. In addition to being injured, the plaintiff in a personal injury case must prove that the defendant caused the injury by actions taken or sometimes by actions not taken. In either situation, the action or lack of action must be the proximate cause of the injury to the plaintiff.

As an injured party, you have the right to full and complete compensation.? This may include compensation for emotional injuries.

Kelly Law Offices, P.C. can assist you with the following issues:


Criminal Law Defense

Criminal Law was enacted to prevent harm to society and identifies conduct that is criminal or in violation of societys rules. Additionally, Criminal Law sets out the punishments for undesirable conduct. Criminal sanctions include monetary fines, probation, incarceration or death (depending on the jurisdiction). This differs from civil liability, where the remedy is most commonly monetary damages.

Kelly Law Offices, P.C. can assist you with the following criminal defense issues:


Driver’s License Restoration

The? Michigan Secretary of State may suspend and/or revoke your driving privileges for a variety of reasons.? Suspensions are usually issued for accumulation of 12 or more points, reckless driving, or refusal to submit to a DataMaster breath test required by the Michigan Implied Consent Law. A suspension only restricts driving privileges for a certain period of time, after which the privilege is automatically restored.

Revocations, which are usually issued for the accumulation of multiple drunk-driving offenses, do not provide for automatic reinstatement.Revoked drivers are required to petition the Driver’s License Appeal Department (DLAD) to obtain restricted driving privileges.? The burden of proof is upon the petitioner to present clear and convincing evidence that any substance abuse or dependency is under control and likely to remain under control. Additionally, the petitioner must show that there is a low or minimal risk of repeating prior abusive behavior.? Should the DLAD deny the petition, an appeal to the Circuit Court in the county where the petitioner resides is available. If an appeal is not taken, the petitioner will have to wait 12 months before filing another petition with the DLAD. Kelly Law Offices, P.C. can assist you with the following license restoration issues:


Workers’ Compensation

Workers compensation laws are designed to ensure payment by employers for some part of the cost of injuries, or occupational diseases, received by employees in the course of their work. Workers compensation legislation requires the employer to furnish a reasonably safe place to work, suitable equipment, rules and instructions when they are reasonably necessary and reasonably competent foremen and superintendents. The employer is liable for an employee’s acts of negligence, for the employers own gross negligence, and for extraordinary risks of work. In most cases the employer is not liable for accidents occurring outside the place of work, or for those which have not arisen directly from employment.


Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is an act or omission by a health care provider which deviates from accepted standards of practice in the medical community and which causes injury or death to the patient. Simply put, medical malpractice is professional negligence (by a health-care provider) that causes an injury.


Estate Planning

The process of planning for the efficient transfer of assets at one’s death. Estate planning begins with preparing a will and may also include naming a power of attorney, establishing trusts and making pre-death gifts.? Kelly Law Offices, P.C. can assist you with the following estate planning issues:


Business Organizations

Companies law is the field of law concerning business and other organizations. This includes corporations, partnerships and other associations which usually carry on some form of economic or charitable activity. The most prominent kind of company, usually referred to as a corporation,” has its own “juristic person,” or separate legal personality. Kelly Law Offices, P.C. can assist you with the following business organization issues:

  • Corporations
  • Limited Liability Corporations (LLC)
  • Partnerships

Real Estate Law

Real estate transactions are governed by federal and state statutes as well as common law. Real estate law includes a wide variety of legal issues relating to acquiring, financing, developing, managing, constructing, leasing and selling commercial and residential real property of all kinds. Kelly Law Offices, P.C. can assist you with the following real estate issues:

  • Deeds
  • Land Contracts
  • Mortgages
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Residential Closings
  • Commercial Closings
  • Mortgage Foreclosures
  • Mechanics Liens

Criminal Law Defense

Criminal Lawyers serving West Michigan and Grand Rapids for over 40 years

The attorneys of Kelly Law Offices, P.C. have been practicing criminal law for over 40 years. As Grand Rapids lawyers, they have successfully handled all aspects of criminal law, felony and misdemeanor. It is their mission to treat each and every client as unique, with his or her own legal issues personal only to him or her. This means you will receive the personalized and aggressive advocacy of a seasoned, knowledgeable attorney.

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If you have a matter involving drunk driving or criminal charges contact us for a free initial consultation. We will treat your case with excellent personal service unique to your specific circumstances. You will meet with an experienced practicing attorney, not a paralegal.

We serve the counties of Kent, Ottawa, Mecosta, Muskegon, Barry, Kalamazoo, and Montcalm. Including the greater Grand Rapids area and the metropolitan areas of Holland, Muskegon, Big Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Hastings.

Personal Injury

West Michigan Personal Injury & Automobile Accident Attorneys

Personal injury law compensates an individual who has been injured by another, either physically or emotionally. In addition to being injured, the plaintiff in a personal injury case must prove that the defendant caused the injury by actions taken or sometimes by actions not taken. In either situation, the action or lack of action must be the proximate cause of the injury to the plaintiff.

Common types of personal injury actions include: motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death, slip and fall injuries, premises liability and animal bites.

Michael F. Kelly and his staff at Kelly Law Offices, P.C., has been representing personal injury victims for over 40 years. As a Grand Rapids firm they have successfully handled all aspects of personal injury law. It is their mission to treat each and every client as unique - each with his or her own legal issue personal only to him or her. This means you will receive the personalized and aggressive advocacy of a seasoned, knowledgeable attorney.*

Grand Rapids Personal Injury & Auto Accident Attorneys
If you, or a loved one, have been injured by the negligent actions of another, especially if the injury occurred because of a car accident, you need aggressive, personal legal representation. Michael F. Kelly and his staff at Kelly Law Offices, P.C. have been representing clients who have been injured by another driver for over four decades. This includes car, commercial truck, boat, and motorcycle accidents.*

The attorneys of Kelly Law Offices, P.C. can assist you with the following issues:

As an injured party you have a right to full and complete compensation. This can include compensation for emotional injuries.

Michael F. Kelly and his staff at Kelly Law Offices, P.C. are available to meet with you at any time to prepare you each step of the way for the duration of your claim and beyond. We are available for consultation for hospital, rehab facility, or home visits. You will receive frank, practical, thoughtful and continuous legal advice throughout the handling of your case as we fight for your rights. Kelly Law Offices, P.C. takes great pride in providing these services and obtaining the best results for its clients.

For a free evaluation of your claim, contact Kelly Law Offices, P.C. today.? We look forward to helping you.

*We accept all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis - this means that we are not paid for our services unless we recover money on your behalf. Michael F. Kelly and the attorneys at Kelly Law Offices, P.C. are available for consultation and will freely discuss and document the fee arrangement with you before undertaking your case.


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