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KellyGram – Summertime in South Carolina

 

 

Summer is here, and it’s a wonderful time to be in South Carolina! Though our state is known for its delightful weather year-round, the abundance of recreational opportunities that accompany the warm temperatures and long daylight hours of summer make this an especially exciting time of year. ‘Tis the season of backyard barbeques, poolside basking, and outdoor festivals, and it’s a prime time to enjoy South Carolina’s many natural wonders!

The diverse landscape of South Carolina lends to a broad variety of opportunities for outdoor leisure, from hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains to surfing in the Atlantic. Here in Columbia, we’re blessed to have Lake Murray, Congaree National Park, and a number of rivers, trails, and state parks right outside our doorsteps. Better yet, living in the heart of the state means we are in an optimal location to take advantage of all that South Carolina has to offer. This is especially important when temperatures in the capital city live up to their “Famously Hot” reputation—nothing beats the heat like a day trip to the breezy coast or a shaded trail in the Foothills!

I know first-hand that when we get caught up in the busyness of our day-to-day lives, we easily forget to appreciate what’s happening around us. This summer, my goal is to set aside time to slow down and enjoy the beautiful places and smiling faces in our wonderful state, and I encourage you to do the same! We’re here for the people of South Carolina!

Sincerely,

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Father’s Day 2019

 

 

Though it may be true that there is nothing quite as special as the love of a mother, I must say that fathers are pretty important too! Having had the honor of being a father to Patrick since 1983 and to Mac since 1987, though, I admittedly am biased. Now, with Helena having arrived last year, I’m blessed with the wonderful experience of being a grandfather as well—an adoring one at that. But nothing in this world has brought me more joy than raising my two boys and watching as they’ve grown personally and professionally into the incredible men they are today. I am so proud of both of them, and I deeply cherish the close relationship that we share.

During a recent stay at Kingston Plantation, Beverly and I took a Saturday afternoon stroll on the beach. As we walked, I thought about my dad and the many trips we made to the coast during my childhood. I recalled him taking long walks while I played in the sand with my sister, and for a moment, it felt as though I was retracing his steps as I continued down my own path along the shores of the Grand Strand.

Although my dad only had an eighth-grade education, he was smarter than I’ll ever be. To this very day, I get choked up when I think about the tremendous impact Dad had on my life. He taught me life’s most important lessons, like how to be the head of a family and a provider to many, just as he was. And while there have been many times over the years when I wished I’d taken better notes, I’m confident that I retained my dad’s wisdom where it mattered most. After all, just as sure as I made my fair share of mistakes as a parent, it only takes one look at Patrick and Mac to know I did plenty right!

 

Happy Father’s Day!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Greetings from Myrtle Beach!

 

 

With three offices across South Carolina, I have always traveled regularly for work, but that is true now more so than ever. Mike Kelly Law Group’s Myrtle Beach practice has been bringing in more and more clients seeking help in the areas of personal injury, workers’ comp, and Social Security disability—so much so that I now spend as much time working in the Myrtle Beach office as I do our main office in Columbia!

Because Myrtle Beach is a tourism hot-spot, the beach practice has historically drawn far more clients from out-of-state than our offices in Columbia and Winnsboro, but the growth we’ve seen lately is largely on a local scale. I attribute this, in part, to overall population growth in the area (Horry County, South Carolina is the second fastest-growing county in America!), but word-of-mouth referrals have been the primary driving force behind this boom in business.

The confidence that the people of Horry County—and folks throughout South Carolina—place in Mike Kelly Law Group is humbling and is not something which we treat lightly. A referral is an extension of one’s own reputation, and we at MKLG believe it is incumbent upon us to honor the trust of those who recommend our firm to friends, family, and colleagues by delivering exemplary legal services. If meeting that standard means more travel to Myrtle Beach, then I embrace the opportunity! Whether it’s for work or leisure, I enjoy spending time there. The salt air and coastal lifestyle are good for the soul, and there is never a dearth of exciting things to do after-hours and on the weekends—I can hear the Carolina Country Music Festival going on now! Most of all, I enjoy being part of the beach community, and I am filled with gratitude for its members and their role in making our Myrtle Beach practice a success!

Have a great weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Welcome to the Family, Lou Ann!

 

 

I am thrilled to announce that Lou Ann Coleman has enthusiastically accepted a position as a legal assistant at Mike Kelly Law Group’s Winnsboro office! Lou Ann, a Fairfield County native, has deep roots in the community. She graduated from Columbia College, served as a teacher at Richard Winn Academy, and—like her newly adopted MKLG family—has been an active member of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce.

Her family are 4th generation Fairfield County farmers, and Lou Ann, after her late husband’s death, operated Fairfield Farms for nine years as president and CEO. Over the decades, the Coleman family has run a number of farming operations, including dairy farming, beef cattle, and now, poultry—Fairfield Farms raises 150,000 turkeys each year! Since her son took over managing the business, Lou Ann has been freed up to pursue other endeavors. And, as the proud mother of three children who have blessed her with six young grandchildren, needless to say, she stays busy!

We are more than delighted to welcome Lou Ann to the Mike Kelly Law Group family! If you’re in or around Winnsboro and have not had the pleasure of meeting Lou Ann, stop in and visit! Our office is located at 106 East Washington Street in downtown Winnsboro, and we’re open from 9am to 4pm Monday through Thursday. We love being part of the Winnsboro and Fairfield County communities, and as always, we’re here for the people of South Carolina!

Have a great weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – A Blessed Year

 

 

Tomorrow is my birthday and usually, a few days beforehand, I get in a very reflective mood–just as I am right now. With every year that God has given me the privilege of being on this earth, I become more awed by how incredibly blessed my life has been. I have been gifted with a wife and two wonderful sons who make me proud and with whom I have a close relationship, and now I have a beautiful granddaughter. In addition to my family and friends outside of work, I am blessed by the relationships I have built over the years with other lawyers, vendors, clients, and, of course, my family at Mike Kelly Law Group.

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And as if that isn’t enough, I am blessed to have had the opportunity to represent thousands of people over the years who still think highly of the firm, so much so that they refer friends and family members to us.  It is though this network that Mike Kelly Law Group stays busy despite the intense and ever-growing presence of competition in all three of our markets.

For all of the reasons above, plus the blessing of good health, I consider myself to be one very lucky man.  Thank you for another wonderful year of life on earth!

Have a great weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Fairfield Farmers & Artisans Market

 

 

As you know, I’m an enthusiastic ambassador for Columbia and Myrtle Beach, both of which I call home. But I also save a very special place in my heart for a third South Carolina town, Winnsboro in Fairfield County! Under current leadership, Winnsboro and Fairfield County are making strides to improve the quality of life for their residents, and on Saturday, under the visionary direction of County Administrator Jason Taylor, Winnsboro is launching an exciting new era with the grand opening of the new Fairfield Farmers & Artisans Market.


The market is making a move to the building at 117 East Washington Street, behind the town clock in downtown Winnsboro (and just across the street from Mike Kelly Law Group’s local office!). The facility dates back to the 1800s, when it used as a livery stable, and has been newly restored to create an event space that blends its historic charm with modern accommodations—a perfectly quaint setting for the new Farmers & Artisans Market. The grand-opening festivities begin at 9 am with the ribbon cutting and will feature, in addition to a wide array of SC vendors, live music, food trucks, classes, and door prizes. This event is not to be missed, so come join in on the fun—and be sure to drop by the Mike Kelly Law Group booth to say hello!

Have a great weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Mother’s Day 2019

 

 

They say there is nothing more powerful than a mother’s love, and having witnessed the enormity of this power in any number of circumstances, I carry a very special place in my heart for mothers. This admiration began, of course, with my own mother, Helena Crawford Kelly, who played a vital role in my upbringing and who I loved tremendously. Although she has been gone for 13 years, her memory remains alive in me, and I still miss her each and every day.


My Mother, Helena Crawford Kelly

Currently, I am surrounded by outstanding mothers at both at home and at work. Witnessing my wife, Beverly, in her role as a mother to her daughter, Sydney, and her son, Lucas, is beautiful and endearing. She is an amazing woman in many respects, and that extends to motherhood. And within my “work family” at Mike Kelly Law Group, there are mothers to children of all ages. I could share story after story of the sacrifices these women have made and the lengths they would go to for their kids, all the while never missing a beat at work. They are modern superheroes, and one day, if they have not already, the kids of MKLG will grow to see just how incredibly cherished they are.

So here’s to all of the mothers in my life—may your Mother’s Day weekend be as wonderful as you are!

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – All Out

 

 

Very seldom do I air my political views in the KellyGram, but today I feel compelled to discuss “All Out May 1,” which I thought to be a remarkable coming-together of South Carolinians advocating for better standards in the state’s public education system. On Wednesday, over 10,000 people gathered on the State House grounds to voice their shared concerns over the General Assembly’s reluctance to invest in our state’s most precious assets—its children. For the second time this year, South Carolina’s educators took a stand on behalf of their students and their profession, rallying for higher salaries, better mental health and safety resources for students, smaller classrooms and less testing, and freedom to comment on matters of public policy without fear of retaliation.

These concerns are not new for South Carolina’s public school teachers, but they have remained unaddressed for years. Though controversial, the walkout garnered overdue attention from state legislators regarding serious deficits in our school systems and raised public awareness as to the hardships affecting our teachers. Of all the challenges our state faces, and of the innumerable demands on its resources, none is more important than ensuring that the next generation of South Carolinians is provided the best education possible. It is time for South Carolina to make education its #1 priority!

Have a great weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Administrative Professionals’ Day 2019

 

 

On Wednesday, we celebrated Administrative Professionals’ Day at Mike Kelly Law Group by gathering in our boardroom to enjoy a firm-family luncheon. Having been a lawyer for more than four decades, I cannot emphasize enough how essential a team of capable administrative professionals is to a successful legal practice. I am blessed to work with some of the finest paralegals and administrative professionals in the industry, and I can honestly say they are the backbone of Mike Kelly Law Group. Today I want to individually recognize and say thank you to our professional administrative support staff:

• Sally Grisetti – Social Security Disability Paralegal
• Jamie Brown – Administrative Assistant
• Amanda Swearingen – Legal Administrator
• Greta Edwards – Paralegal
• Kimberly Smith – Workers’ Compensation Paralegal
• Gladys Harris – Receptionist
• Deepika Champaneri – Administrative Assistant
• Michelle Moorey – Litigation Paralegal
• Katina Tyler – Medical Records Clerk
• Kim Sanders – Social Security Disability Paralegal
• Abby Lang – Litigation Paralegal
• Linda Willis – Paralegal
• Lou Ann Coleman – Legal Assistant

On behalf of myself, the Mike Kelly Law Group attorneys, and certainly our clients, thank you Team MKLG for the exceptional work that you do. Every day, you go the extra mile, set new bests, and keep this firm thriving. Together, we laugh, we cry, we persevere, and we succeed. Together, we impact lives across the state of South Carolina. And I emphasize together because, without a doubt, Mike Kelly Law Group would not exist without you. Know that you are so valued and appreciated, today and every day!.

Sincerely, 

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Holy Week

 

 

Last Sunday—Palm Sunday—marked the beginning of both the most solemn and most joyful week for followers of Christianity: Holy Week. As a believer, this is my favorite time of year; it is the time during which we observe the steps of Jesus Christ in the days leading up to his resurrection. The final days of Holy Week are the most intense, beginning with the washing of the feet on Maundy Thursday. From there, we go from the agony of the Crucifixion and the ultimate sacrifice on Good Friday to the Vigil of Easter on Holy Saturday. And on Resurrection (Easter) Sunday, we celebrate and rejoice in the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ who, through his sacrifice, gave us salvation and eternal life.

In my lifetime, I’ve participated in the ceremonious Holy Week many times, and am grateful to be experiencing it yet again this year. Over the past few days, I have spent a considerable amount of time reflecting on the sermon delivered by the Reverend Susan L. Prinz on Palm Sunday. In sum, her message was this: universally speaking, our own self-contempt is the single greatest hindrance to our personal and spiritual development. In a time where perfectionism is a societal expectation, however impractical, we have become our own worst critics, berating ourselves for every failure or shortcoming. Many of us believe that this approach is productive and that it forces us to work towards becoming better. In reality, though, this negative inner dialogue is destructive and crippling. Until we can set those messages aside and be kinder and gentler toward ourselves, we will be an insurmountable obstacle on the path of personal growth.

Specific to the context of the Holy Week and Easter, Reverend Prinz reminded the congregation that the very foundation of Christianity is the principle that God’s love for us is so profound that he sent his only son to die for our sins, bestowing upon us salvation and eternal life. In His eyes, we are precious in spite of our past, present, and even future transgressions. And in order to grow into the best versions of ourselves, we must accept and rely on that love—but we cannot accept His love until we can love ourselves.

Regardless of one’s religious or spiritual belief, Reverend Prinz’s message rings true: we must be kind to ourselves and learn to accept our imperfections. We cannot grow as individuals until we can find peace in who we are, whether it’s through the acceptance of God’s love, through other religious practices, or through meditative, philosophic, or therapeutic exercises. This weekend, I encourage you all to take a moment to consider what behaviors might be obstructing your own path toward becoming your best self, then create a plan to clear your way.

Happy Easter, and God Bless! 

 

Mike Kelly

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