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KellyGram – Our Social Security Disability Practice

 

 

Today I am proud to give a shout out to our Mike Kelly Law Group Social Security Disability team for being recognized as one of the Top 10 teams in the State of South Carolina! Social Security Disability Leadership is a National program that recognizes the top SSD firms in the field, and I am very honored that our team has been included as one of them. In addition to myself and my fellow law Partner Janet Rhodes, we have Paralegals Kim Sanders, Greta Edwards, Linda Willis, and Administrative Assistant Katina Tyler, who work diligently on our disability team.

While the Social Security Disability practice may not be the most lucrative of our tiers of expertise, it is certainly one of the most important, rewarding and personally satisfying areas of practice. We spend day after day fielding calls and doing interviews with people who are no longer able to work. Their heartfelt stories are sad but when we can rightfully get them the disability they deserve, we feel professionally and personally fulfilled.

If you or someone you know needs a disability consultation, please do not hesitate to contact one of our offices.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

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KellyGram – “Mr. Burns” Trustus Theatre January 20-February 3

 

 

It’s brag time again! My son, after directing several plays before and after the Covid-19 pandemic, has returned to the main stage to star in Mr. Burns! I have not seen the play, but it premiered 10 years ago and is being picked up by Trustus Theatre. The play involves the end of the world as we know it and picking up the pieces going forward. It is based in part on the TV show The Simpsons. To quote the Free Times, “The Simpsons have become not just a source of entertainment but a story telling touchstone of a time long past. Something that is known during a time of many unknowns.” I look forward to watching this dark comedy and seeing my son do what he does best.

Attached is the box office information. If you are looking for something interesting and fun to do over the next 3 weekends, please check out Mr. Burns and Patrick Michael Kelly!

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – My Friend Joe Taylor

 

 

Last week I had the privilege of attending a worship service celebrating the life of my dear friend and neighbor, Joe Earl Taylor, Jr., who unexpectedly passed away on December 29, 2022. I have known Joe for over twenty-five years. First as a local businessman and then for quite some time as my neighbor.

Joe grew up in Columbia, went to Wofford College and afterwards became a lifelong Terrier alumnus supporter, serving on many boards at the College.

He served as Governor Sanford’s Secretary of the Department of Commerce where he distinguished himself in bringing new industry to South Carolina. Most recently he was elected to the Columbia City Council where he served as my district’s Councilman. Even though Joe and I were totally different in our political views, I always respected him, his heart, his tenacity, and his commitment to improve the business climate in our city and state.

Joe will be greatly missed as well as former Columbia City Councilman Brian DeQuincy Newman who also passed unexpectedly last week. Leaders like Joe and Brian do not come along often, and we were blessed to have their leadership in South Carolina.

Prayers for Joe’s wife Amanda and their children as they maneuver their future without their rock Joe Taylor.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Ryan Martin

 

 

We here at the Mike Kelly Law Group are proud to announce the addition of Ryan Martin to our statewide litigation team! Originally from Union, SC – the same great county as our litigation attorney, Konstantine “Dean” Diamaduros. Ryan went to the University of South Carolina for his undergraduate degree and then received his J.D. from Charleston School of Law and obtained his license to practice law in 2021. He has previous experience doing civil plaintiff and defense work and construction litigation. This prior experience will bode well for the Mike Kelly Law Group and its clients! He is of course, like Mike Kelly, an avid Gamecocks fan! He lives in the West Columbia area with his significant other and their two beloved cats, Kiara, and Boo.

Welcome to the Mike Kelly Law Group, Ryan. We are so excited, and we know nothing but good things are going to happen now with you on board.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – New Years’ Resolutions 2022

 

 

I used to make New Year’s Resolutions and I ended up breaking most of them by the end of January. Then I went many holidays without making any New Year’s Resolutions and in my later years I once again concluded that New Year’s Resolutions are a good idea. During my 45-year career I have taken a lot of leadership development courses, time management courses and participated in self-improvement programs like the late Mooney Player here in Columbia and even paid a king’s ransom to go to an Anthony Robbins four-day intensive seminar in Hilton Head back in the 90’s.

I am no expert in any subject except my four areas of legal expertise. What I have learned in all of this is if you write things down, they’re more likely to happen. Having said that, by the time the ball drops at Times Square in New York City, I will have committed to writing my personal, professional, spiritual, and family goals. I will have different subcategories and try to put it all on one sheet of paper. I will then give it to those nearest and dearest to me to hold me accountable. I will expect them to meet with me at least bimonthly and question me about my progress on achieving these goals. Needless to say, I am excited about 2023 and can’t wait to get started checking the accomplished items off my list.

As we begin 2023, I want to thank each and every one of my KellyGram followers for your support of the Mike Kelly Law Group. We at the Mike Kelly Law Group are family and because we don’t have a million-dollar advertising budget (and never will), we rely on each and every one of you to say good things about us and make referrals within our areas of expertise. Here’s to an awesome 2023!

 

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Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – End of Year 2022

 

The end of the year is always a magical time in my life. Everyone has the right to believe what they wish, and I will never diminish someone else’s beliefs. For Christians this season culminates with the celebration of the birth of Christ this weekend and I am thankful to say, Lord willing, I will be at the Candlelight Service at my beloved St. Martins-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church at 11pm on Saturday Night! Frigid temperatures or not, I will be there to celebrate the birth of my Savior. For my Jewish friends, which I have many, they are celebrating Hanukkah. I did some research so I would better understand the origins of Hanukkah, and I found out that on Monday evening of this past week, there was a beautiful celebration at the State House with the lighting of the Menorah. What a wonderful time of year!

No matter what you believe in, I hope each and every reader of this KellyGram will enjoy this holiday season with loved ones. Please stay safe and warm!

Have a blessed Holiday Season!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Dean Diamaduros – Time to Celebrate

 

As we go into this year’s beautiful holiday season, here at the Mike Kelly Law Group there is so much to be thankful for. We greatly enjoy celebrating the accomplishments of our staff members and most recently we would like to celebrate our wonderful associate attorney, and resident ambassador to the Greek world, Konstantine Sammy “Dean” Diamaduros!

Dean has successfully completed the requirements for the North Carolina Bar and is now set to be licensed in our neighboring state! This is a very needed weapon in the arsenal of the Mike Kelly Law Group when it comes to serving our clients. As you may know our service area both in the Midlands and on the Grand Strand borders the state of North Carolina and we often have clients who are seeking legal help in North Carolina. Therefore, this is fantastic news worthy of celebration!

Congratulations again, Dean! We are all so very proud of you!

Have a great weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Christmas 2022

 

Every year I look forward to the Christmas season, but I cannot believe how fast this year has flown by! As we barrel towards the Christmas Holiday, I must say that I’m handling the slowdown of work much better than I did 10 to 15 years ago. It has been a gradual process because I’m so used to being busy, with the phones ringing, new clients, cases, coupled with all the hustle and bustle that is normally around the Mike Kelly Law Group law offices! I guess I have matured over the years and have learned to appreciate the Christmas Season as a time of slowing down, reflection, and appreciating the most important aspects of life. The Christmas Season is also a time of fellowship and a time of worship. Right behind Christmas will be the dawning of the New Year with renewed hope, new resolutions, and rededication to the core principles of which we all exist.

So, sit back, take a deep breath, and enjoy the lead up to the Holiday!

Have a great weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – River’s Edge Retreat

 

 

I recently learned of the River’s Edge Retreat through my law firm partner, Brad Hewett, who is a friend and neighbor of the founder Steve Ware. I have become extremely impressed with this faith-based non-profit’s mission and I’m excited to say that tonight, our firm will be attending one of its annual fundraisers, Night of Hope, at the Richland Two Institute of Innovation Conference Center in Northeast Columbia!

This nonprofit’s mission focuses on disadvantaged youth of all types in our area whether it be physical, mental, financial, or social and they have numerous programs that focus on improving quality of life and inspiring these soon-to-be young adults to have a fulfilling and meaningful life.

We could not be prouder to be a part of this event and if you want to join in helping a worthwhile cause especially this holiday season, I suggest checking them out and supporting their programs and mission. You could make a real difference in a young person’s life!

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram- Thanksgiving 2022

 

 

Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time of year. It is a time for reflecting on one’s blessings, helping those who are less fortunate, and spending quality time with loved ones. There are certain holidays that have always been very special to me, and Thanksgiving 2022 is no exception. Not to mention the incredible culinary displays and copious amounts of comfort food! The Thanksgiving holiday is truly something to be cherished. My cup runneth over with blessings and I cannot be more thankful for my family, my friends, my job, and the mission of the Mike Kelly Law Group. Please take the time and help someone less fortunate than you this holiday season. You’ll be glad you did!

 

Have a great week and a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
P.S. And don’t eat too much!

 

Mike Kelly

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