NEWS/BLOG

Welcome to Our Blog

Please use the links to the right to check out firm news and more information relating to these specific areas of law. Happy reading and please contact us if you have any questions that we can help answer.


KellyGram – Welcome, Karlen!

 

 

The Mike Kelly Law Group is proud to announce in this week’s KellyGram that attorney Karlen Senn is joining our litigation team! As our practice has flourished and grown, so has our need for accomplished lawyers, and Karlen is going to be a great fit for the team.

Born and raised in the Columbia area, Karlen is a South Carolina native. After she graduated from Hammond School, Karlen attended Converse College where she earned dual degrees in history and politics. She went on to receive her JD from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2014, and began her legal career as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Hood of the South Carolina Circuit Court.

Prior to joining the Mike Kelly Law Group, Karlen served as an Assistant Solicitor in the Fifth Judicial Circuit. An experienced trial attorney, Karlen represented the State of South Carolina in many jury trials, both in Circuit and Magistrate Courts of Richland County.

Karlen devotes nearly all of her spare time to her daughter, sharing with her a love of the beach and the outdoors.

We hope each one of you will get a chance to get to know Karlen as her tenure with the Mike Kelly Law Group progresses. Welcome aboard, Karlen!

Have a great weekend!

Mike Kelly

Facebook
Facebook

 

Twitter
Twitter

 

Website
Website

 

 

 

 


KellyGram – America the Beautiful

 

 

Believe it or not, on Wednesday our nation will be celebrating its 242nd Independence Day! Now, more than ever, I am grateful to be an American, living in a country where freedom is still a reality. Not a day goes by that we are not reminded of the war, oppression, and deprivation of human rights that devastate so many lives and nations. Still, many Americans take for granted their individual liberties, forgetting that they come at a tremendous cost. Thousands of soldiers sacrificed themselves in pursuit of our nation’s independence, and ever since, our service members have continued for 242 years to dedicate their lives to protect the freedom on which America was founded. Although I have never served in the military, I have the utmost respect and gratitude for those men and women who have fought, and continue to fight, to preserve our rights and the values of this country.

That’s not to say America does not have its fair share of challenges, and I, like many others, don’t always agree with the approach taken by its leaders. But the beauty of America is that its people hold the power to challenge and change the status quo, and to redirect the country’s trajectory when it veers off course. This is why, even when America is not the greatest version of itself, it is still the greatest nation on earth.

 

Have a safe and happy Fourth!

Facebook
Facebook

 

Twitter
Twitter

 

Website
Website

 

 

 

 


KellyGram – The Brookland Foundation

 

 

The Brookland Foundation is one of the many ministries of Brookland Baptist Church, headquartered in West Columbia. Established in 1994, the Brookland Foundation is a non-profit, community-based organization whose mission is “to improve the lives of people by developing and promoting efforts to enhance their spiritual, emotional, physical, social, and economic well-being.” To accomplish this mission, the foundation has set up five primary programs:

(1) The Health and Wellness Program is an initiative to educate the community with information that encourages the pursuit of optimal health.

(2) The HIV/AIDS Program raises community awareness about the HIV virus, and encourages risk education and preventative practices.

(3) The Tutorial Program provides after-school and evening tutoring and homework assistance for K-12 students.

(4) The Homeless Outreach Program promotes awareness and serves as an advocate for the spiritual, psychological, and physiological needs of homeless individuals and families.

(5) The Male Initiative Program focuses on strategies and solutions designed to empower men and their families.

The Brookland Foundation is the brainchild of Brookland Baptist Church’s founding pastor, and a personal friend of mine, Rev. Dr. Charles B. Jackson, Sr. Last week, the Mike Kelly Law Group had the pleasure and privilege of supporting the Foundation by participating in its 22nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament held at the Members Club at Woodcreek. The firm will continue to support the Ministry of Charles P. Jackson, Sr. and the Brookland Foundation, as well as the other outstanding programs at Brookland Baptist Church.

The Brookland Foundation is actively seeking volunteers—begin giving back today by visiting the Foundation’s website here.

Have a great weekend!

Mike Kelly

Facebook
Facebook

 

Twitter
Twitter

 

Website
Website

 

 

 

 


KellyGram – Father’s Day 2018

 

 

Father’s Day just around the corner, causing me to reflect on my personal experiences with fatherhood both as a father and as a son. I am blessed to have had Garland F. Kelly as my dad and, especially after my sons came along, my role model. He taught me what it means to be a good father, even though he did not have the same fortune of learning by example; my grandfather died when dad was only three years old.

My father was born the youngest of ten children in a little crossroads called Pleasant Shade, Virginia. When his two older brothers left to fight in WWII, my dad stepped in to take care of my grandmother. Though he was only in the eighth grade at the time, dad had no choice but to drop out of school and go to work in order to support the family. He stocked groceries for five years before going to work for the Bloom family, who owned a small town Jewish department store. At that time, Jewish department stores were a staple in the south, and my hometown of Emporia, VA was no exception. My dad worked for the Blooms for thirty-eight years before moving to Columbia, where he worked in the clothing business for twenty more years.

 

Dad always told me I may have all of the book sense, but he had all of the common sense…and he was right! I learned a lot from my dad, who passed away in 2008, and I have tried to harness that wisdom to be the best dad I can be to Patrick and Mac. If I have been half the father to my sons as my father was to me, I will have succeeded. And now, with the arrival of my granddaughter Helena, here’s hoping that my son Patrick, the newest dad in the Kelly family, will emulate Garland’s tradition!

Have a great weekend!

Mike Kelly

Facebook
Facebook

 

Twitter
Twitter

 

Website
Website

 

 

 

 


KellyGram – Austin Bowers for the House

 

 

With primary elections just around the corner, today’s KellyGram spotlights House candidate, Austin Bowers. I have known Austin Bowers since he was a teenager, have grown close to both him and his family over the years. I’m proud to say that I serve as one of Austin’s mentors and have witnessed his successes as he completed high school, graduated from Wofford, and survived his first year at the University of South Carolina School of Law. And as for his decision to go to law school in Columbia…Austin had other choices, but enrolled in law school at USC upon my recommendation, and he is very happy with his choice!

Several months ago, Austin shocked me when he let me know of his decision to run for the South Carolina House of Representatives at age 22. Initially, I admittedly had some concerns about how anyone already juggling vigorous law school curriculum and a demanding job could successfully dedicate the time and focus necessary to campaign and, eventually, serve as a representative. I have since gotten a chance to work with Austin directly in a professional setting, on a daily basis, as he is clerking at the Mike Kelly Law Group this summer. Having fully seen Austin Bowers in action, I am certain that he has what it takes to succeed on all levels and to provide the people of House District 87 with the dedicated representative they deserve.

 

Austin believes in a new generation of leadership and a fresh approach to representing the residents of House District 87. One of his key focuses is to reestablish public trust in the members of the general assembly, who are sworn to govern by the people and for the people. The transparent approach Austin brings to the table is exactly what we need to achieve this goal, which has become even more critical in light of recent events. His actions, as well as words, reflect his dedication to the public—for instance, last Saturday Austin, with his campaign managers Caleb Surface and Alex Bowers, walked 17 miles, door-to-door, to shake the hands of the individuals he hopes to soon serve.

Austin’s approach to this position is most refreshing, and you can learn more about his campaign by visiting his Facebook here. I urge everyone in House District 87 to get out on June 12th and vote for Austin Bowers!

Have a great weekend!

Mike Kelly

Facebook
Facebook

 

Twitter
Twitter

 

Website
Website

 

 

 

 


KellyGram – Emerging Practice Area: Construction Defects

 

 

The Mike Kelly Law Group has a reputation for being highly proficient in a relatively few areas of law. After all, there are many more flavors of law than Ben and Jerry’s ice cream! Rather than being dabblers in all of those areas, we have focused our efforts on learning the nuances of three primary fields of law—personal injury, workers’ compensation, and social security disability—to be better able to offer our clients first-rate representation and achieve the results they deserve. Since the Mike Kelly Law Group formed in 2004, we have been able to grow and add insurance bad faith and professional licensure defense to those areas of representation.

Over the last several years, with the economic boom in the Midlands and Grand Strand areas, our attorneys have worked to achieve a wealth of knowledge and experience in the practice area of construction defects, handling cases primarily stemming from defects in newer residential homes. In trying to meet the growing demand for houses in our state, some developers have put quantity above quality and new home buyers are paying the price. The Mike Kelly Law Group has helped many disgruntled homebuyers obtain reparations for construction defects, and we are here to help others when our services are needed.

 

Cartoon from The New Yorker

The Mike Kelly Law Group team wishes you a wonderful and fun-filled weekend! And remember, we are here for the people of South Carolina!

All the best,

Mike Kelly

Facebook
Facebook

 

Twitter
Twitter

 

Website
Website

 

 

 

 


KellyGram – Birthday Blessings

 

 

This morning’s devotional lifted my spirits and made me realize that whatever trials I’m going through, they are temporary, and rather than spend precious moments dwelling on them, I should focus on my blessings. So today, on my 66th birthday, I look upon my life and realize that I have so many blessings I cannot even begin to count them! I will, however, rejoice in those that most easily come to mind.

1. I woke up this morning in great health and with a roof over my head.

2. My faith in God is unwavering, and I’m a member of a wonderful church that continues to feed and grow that faith.

2. My faith in God is unwavering, and I’m a member of a wonderful church that continues to feed and grow that faith.

3. I am blessed with two sons, and have a strong and loving relationship with both of them. Mac and Patrick bring tremendous joy to my life, and I could not be more proud of them. And now, I have a beautiful granddaughter, Helena, to count as a blessing!

4. My wife, Beverly, is supportive and caring, and our marriage healthy and happy. And with my new marriage came new family—Beverly’s two wonderful children…and a grand-dog!

5. I have a loving sister and a great relationship with her and her family.

6. I love my job, even after 40 years, and earn my living by making peoples’ lives better every day. As icing on the cake, I get to practice law with co-workers who are considerate, inspiring, and supportive. Though we may not be related by blood, the members of MKLG comprise a family of my own choosing, and I am thankful to spend every day with people I love.

7. Outside of work, I continue to make new friends and have many more old ones.

I could go on and on, but suffice it to say, I am one blessed man!

Have a great and safe holiday weekend!

Mike Kelly

Facebook
Facebook

 

Twitter
Twitter

 

Website
Website

 

 

 

 


KellyGram – The Royal Wedding

 

 

An estimated three billion people around the globe will be tuned in this weekend to witness the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle. I strongly suspect that the early airing of the event will not stop many Americans from viewing this historic union, although personally there are not many things that would get me out of bed before sunrise on a Saturday! However, for those of you who plan to tune in, the wedding will be featured on at least five major networks, including CNN, MSNBC, PBS, FOX, and CBS starting as early as 4am.

Of all the buzz and anticipation surrounding the wedding, what excites me most is that the royal couple invited the Most Reverend Michael Curry to deliver a sermon at the ceremony. Reverend Curry is the presiding bishop of my much beloved American Episcopal Church, and made history in November 2015 when he became the denomination’s first African American leader. Now, Bishop Curry will again break the mold by delivering an address at the Royal Wedding, an honor traditionally left to the senior clergy of the Church of England. Notably, Michael Curry previously served as a bishop in North Carolina, making him not only a legend, but a local. I am always proud of the Episcopal Church and its beliefs and stances on important issues—having a Carolinian in such a high-profile position just makes me even prouder!

Have a great weekend!

Mike Kelly

Facebook
Facebook

 

Twitter
Twitter

 

Website
Website

 

 

 

 


KellyGram – Mother’s Day 2018

 

 

Having been a father for 36 years now, I happen to think that fathers are pretty special. But let’s face it, nothing comes close to being as important or as special as a mother’s love. I was blessed to have my beloved mother in my life for 55 years; she—like all mothers—was basically perfect! My mother not only put up with me, but she fed me, clothed me, taught me, worried about me, loved me, and she was my biggest champion until the day she died. I will honor her memory on Sunday—Mother’s Day—and hope that those of you who still can will give your mom a big hug and thank her for all that she does

This year, I am excited to celebrate the newest mother in my life, Martha Hearn Kelly, on her first Mother’s Day with my precious granddaughter Helena!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Mike Kelly

Facebook
Facebook

 

Twitter
Twitter

 

Website
Website

 

 

 

 


KellyGram – Spring Festivals in South Carolina

 

 

With spring in full bloom, it seems that each and every weekend there are multiple festivals going on in the Midlands and across South Carolina. They offer something for just about everyone, whether you are looking to enjoy the outdoors with your kids, check out the music scene, or support local vendors. Last Saturday alone my wife and I noticed three events going on simultaneously in the Columbia metro area, and this week is no exception.

Each year I try to take in as many of the festivities as possible, not only because they are fun, but because they remind me of why—despite its problems—I love living in this state. This weekend’s festival of choice will be the Rivertown Music & Craft Beer Festival in downtown Conway, featuring live music, delicious beer, and a car show. Mike Kelly Law Group will be in the throes of the excitement offering festival-goers complimentary water, sunblock, and goodies while they have fun in the sun.


For those of you in the area, stop by and say hello! Come meet the incredibly talented Samantha Beaver, lead paralegal in our Myrtle Beach office on the Grand Strand, and learn how the Mike Kelly Law Group can help you!

Have a safe weekend!

Mike Kelly

Facebook
Facebook

 

Twitter
Twitter

 

Website
Website