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Michael R. Kelly



  • Licensed to Practice in the State of Mississippi
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi


B.S. Colorado State University, 2007

J.D. Mississippi College School of Law, magna cum laude, 2010

Mike Kelly is a shareholder in the Jackson office.  When asked about the practice of law, Mike says, “What I find fulfilling about being a lawyer is the art of the practice.  Masters of this profession expect that attorneys will continue to hone their craft perpetually – continually “practicing” the profession.  In my opinion, there is no better word for what we, as lawyers, do every day, particularly in litigation.” 

Mike goes on to say, “My father is an attorney, and as I was growing up, he would share the relevant facts and applicable law of a matter, and we would engage in a back-and-forth conversation that I would come to know as the Socratic Method in law school.   I have always loved that in each case, each issue, each argument, is an opportunity to grow and learn as a lawyer and to practice until we get it right."

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

Mississippi Bar Association

Jackson Young Lawyers

Capital Area Bar Association

Christian Legal Society

Honors & Awards

Outstanding Achievement in Bankruptcy-Related Course work from the American Bankruptcy Institute, 2010

AmJur Awards - Insurance; Secured Transactions; Bankruptcy; Civil Procedure I

Herrin Scholar

Mississippi College Law Review, 2008-2010


Note, Revisiting and Revising the Political Question Doctrine: Lane v. Halliburton and the Need to Adopt a Case-Specific Political Question Analysis for Private Military Contractor Cases, 29 Miss. C. L. Rev. 219 (2010)