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The KellyGram – Charleston

The Mike Kelly Law Group joins millions of others who are shocked and saddened by the tragedy in Charleston, SC this past Wednesday evening. I have my own views on gun control, but respect the right of pro-gun advocates to advance their position. This country really needs to come to terms with senseless acts of violence in our nation. I do not know what the solution is, but the United States would be a far better place if we could curb these type of incidents.

On another note, I invite you to read a thought provoking piece by columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr. which appeared in Thursday’s edition of The State. In his piece, What do you think now, Justice Scalia? He crafts a letter to Antonin G. Scalia, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, which is very insightful. The issue of continuing the death penalty in this country also needs to be addressed once and for all.
Again, our prayers go out to the victim’s families and the community of the Charleston tragedy. May God Bless you all.
Yours truly,

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The KellyGram – Leadership Columbia

Good Morning! Here is your Kelly Gram!


Leadership Columbia

This week I want to salute Leadership Columbia and the 2015 Graduating Class. Leadership Columbia is a leadership development program of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce. It is very competitive to be admitted and there is a substantial commitment of time and resources by the class members. I had the privilege of being in the graduating class of 1992 and have maintained friendships and business relationships with many of my classmates since that time. I am proud to announce that on the night of Tuesday, June 9, 2015, our very own Tad McLeod received his diploma for his efforts with regard to the 2015 class. I was honored to be able to attend a very special Graduation Banquet and Ceremony at The Palmetto Club put on by the Columbia Chamber. Congratulations Tad!  I am happy to report that now four of our seven attorneys have participated in Leadership Columbia or Leadership Grand Strand.

Leadership development among our future leaders is essential for the Midlands to grow and improve the quality of life for all of us. Attached you will find the Shared Streets Final Presentation of the completed projects by the Class of 2015.    Hope all has a Great Weekend! Yours Truly, Mike Kelly
 LC 2015 CertDMK - LC 2015

Former North Charleston Police Officer Indicted in Death of Walter Scott

Solicitor Scarlett Wilson announced this week that a Charleston County grand jury indicted Michael Slager in the killing of Walter Scott on April 4. Slager was originally charged with murder April 7 and later fired from his job with the North Charleston Policy Department.

Walter Scott was pulled over by Slager for a non-functioning tail light.  Scott fled from his vehicle several minutes after the stop and was pursued on foot by Slager.  A video recorded by Feigin Santana shows Scott running away from Slager, who pulled out his service weapon and fired eight shots at Scott, killing him.  Slager’s next court appearance is scheduled for August 21.



(Photo – Charleston County Sheriff’s Dept.)



The KellyGram – Mike Kelly appointed to Hamilton – Owens Airport Commission Board

DMK Airport

Good Morning!  Here is your KellyGram.

Richland County Airport Commission


In today’s KellyGram, I want to make all our friends aware we are blessed to have two outstanding airports in the Midlands – Columbia Metropolitan Airport and Jim Hamilton – LB Owens Airport.  Hamilton – Owens is in the Rosewood community and is a major asset to the City of Columbia and the Midlands. It is a state-of-the-art economic force in allowing private air transportation to be minutes away from downtown Columbia.


My late wife Anne Kelly had a passion for public service and shortly before her death extended her dedication to the community by serving on the Hamilton – Owens Airport Commission Board.  After her death the Richland County Council saw fit to appoint me to continue her term.


Attached is a link to the Airport Commissioner website which contains interesting information about this remarkable facility.   I am honored to serve.


Yours Truly,


Tad McLeod Recognized in NADC “Top One Percent”

Congratulations to Attorney Tad McLeod on being recognized by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent for 2015.   The official press release is below:

Walton J. “Tad” McLeod IV, of Mike Kelly Law Group, LLC, has been selected to the 2015 list as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.  NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence.  Its mission is to objectively recognize the attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate.

Members are thoroughly vetted by a research team, selected by a blue ribbon panel of attorneys with podium status from independently neutral organizations, and approved by a judicial review board as exhibiting virtue in the practice of law.  Due to the incredible selectivity of the appointment process, only the top one percent of attorneys in the United States are awarded membership in NADC.  This elite class of advocates consists of the finest leaders of the legal profession from across the nation.

Tad McLeod joined Mike Kelly Law Group in 2011.  His practice areas include personal injury, car and trucking accidents, civil litigation, professional license defense, veterans disability, consumer law, and bad faith insurance denials.    Mr. McLeod graduated from the University of South Carolina, School of Law in 2008 after serving in the United States Navy from 2001 to 2005.   He can be reached at the Columbia office of the Mike Kelly Law Group – 803-726-0123.



MKLG Family Events – Sherry Wright commissioned as President of the Episcopal Church Women for St. Stephens Episcopal

At MKLG we celebrate family accomplishments as well as professional recognition.   Attorney Jill Wright’s mother, Shirley Wright was recently commissioned as President of the Episcopal Church Women for St. Stephens Episcopal Church in North Myrtle Beach.   We are proud of Shirley Wright and all of our MKLG family members for their willingness to serve in the church, the community and beyond.


Ten Years Going Strong – Brookland Academy Child Development Center

There is nothing more important than the safety of our children.   A great number of families are comprised of two working parents who are reliant on child care during the day to support their professional lives. 


From all of us at Mike Kelly Law Group –   Congratulations to Brookland Academy Child Development Center for 10 years of service.  Brookland Academy is the CDC for Brookland Baptist Church, located in West Columbia, SC.  The mission of Brookland Academy is to guide children using Christian principles and to provide a healthy, safe, and nurturing environment with age appropriate programs. Jennifer McConnell is the Director of Brookland Academy and has instituted a goal of providing for the enhancement of spiritual, cognitive, emotional, physical and social development of children.  Attorneys of the Mike Kelly Law Group have children that attended, and still attend, the Academy and Mike Kelly is a long-time friend of Rev. Dr. Charles B. Jackson, Sr.


In sum, this is a first class facility with first class staff.  For more information about Brookland Academy and related Brookland Baptist ministries, visit



i-Civics Day 2015

Attorney Tad McLeod joined a group of volunteers from the S.C. Young Lawyers Division (YLD) for the fourth annual iCivics Day on Monday, May 18th to help teach students about civics, the U.S. Constitution and our court system.  The volunteers held iCivics classes at schools across the state    The presentations included an informational slideshow along with question and answer opportunities for the students. 

Founded and led by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, iCivics is a non-profit organization dedicated to reinvigorating civic learning through interactive and engaging learning resources. Our educational resources empower teachers and prepare the next generation of students to become knowledgeable and engaged citizens.  A growing base of more than 70,000 educators and seven million students relies on iCivics to provide a high quality civics curriculum each year. iCivics games have been played more than ten million times by students across the country.

Tad McLeod and Bob Jackman  met with 4th graders from Irmo Elementary School and discussed the formation of the Constitution, separation of powers, State and Federal government organization, and the court system. 

iCivics 2015 - Irmo



Veterans appeal Federal Judge’s dismissal of Dorn VA Class Action

In a blow to veterans’ remedies in South Carolina, and across the nation, U.S. District Judge Terry L. Wooten dismissed a federal lawsuit arising out of a lost laptop computer in February 2013.    The lost or stolen laptop contained the personal and confidential information, including social security number and dates of birth, of approximately 7500 veterans who received medical care at Dorn VA Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina. 

Plaintiffs, who filed the lawsuit in April 2014 seeking both monetary and injunctive relief, were represented by Mike Kelly Law Group and Douglas J. Rosinski, Esq.    The litigation involved substantial discovery depositions, document production, expert witness testimony and hundreds of pages of legal memoranda, all of which culminated in the parties each presenting their respective arguments before Judge Wooten on January 28, 2015.

The Court issued a 36 page opinion outlining the grounds for the dismissal on March 31, 2015.  On April 14, 2015 Plaintiffs filed their Notice of Appeal and will proceed with taking this case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  

Order 3-31-15 NOTICE OF APPEAL – 4-14-15


A Tragic Dilemma for Tommy Taylor

An article published by The State uncovers the terrible situation that now confronts Tommy Taylor, a resident of Gilbert.  Taylor, 59,  participated in a clinical trial for a medical device, manufactured by CVRx,  that controls the flow of blood in his carotid arteries.  The device, a neo Legacy, did not gain approval from the FDA.

Taylor now faces three options: (1) the manufacturer will bear the costs of removing the device if the procedure is performed by April 1; (2) Taylor can leave the device in his body, but the battery will likely die in less than one year; (3) Taylor can continue to replace the device every 12 to 14 months at an expense of $400,000.

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