College of Charleston, B.A., 1992
University of South Carolina, J.D., 1995
South Carolina Bar
United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
Richland County Bar Association
American Bar Association
South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
Prior to joining Howser, Newman & Besley in 1996, Kelley was a law clerk to the late Honorable Marc H. Westbrook from the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of South Carolina. Since joining the firm immediately after her clerkship, she has become a member and focuses her practice on general litigation.
Kelley has represented individuals and businesses across South Carolina. She focuses primarily on automobile accident litigation, premises liability, and construction litigation. Additionally, she is a certified mediator and arbitrator in the South Carolina Circuit Court.
Kelley has a keen ability to pick and win the battles that matter. With a reputation as a straight shooter, part of Kelley’s success comes from her ability to communicate effectively with her clients and the other parties involved in the case. While she’s proud of her professional accomplishments, she’s most proud when she hears back from clients that she’s made them feel at ease during the often unfamiliar litigation process.
Outside of her work as an attorney, she spends her time and effort working with various non-profit Boards, typically those with a focus towards helping children. She was a charter Class Representative of the College of Charleston’s Philanthropy Board. She and her family are active members of the Washington Street United Methodist Church.
She was the 2019 recipient of the “Worthy Adversary Award” given by the S.C. Association for Justice to opposing counsel for in recognition of her “professionalism, honesty, ethical behavior, and distinguished service to the legal profession.”
Kelley was selected for membership in ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates) in 2019. ABOTA seeks to promote and improve the American civil justice system and to elevate the standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession.
Kelley has an AV Preeminent rating in Martindale-Hubbell, with a rating of 4.8 out of 5.