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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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Mike Kelly: Remembering Anne

Dear Friends,

As many of you know my beloved wife, Anne Kelly, passed away unexpectedly on the morning of February 28, 2015. “Unexpectedly” truly cannot capture the nature of Anne’s passing. On that fateful Friday night, Anne and I were enjoying a dinner party with lifelong friends. She was smiling, laughing, and being the Anne all of us loved. Within a few hours she was lost to us. In hindsight I cannot imagine Anne wanting to depart any other way – with a great meal, good wine, and dear friends.

The hole I am experiencing is tough to articulate. I can only say that Anne is with me every minute, every day. I think this is a blessing. In 13 years of knowing Anne (10 years as a married couple) I experienced many of the happiest moments of my life. No one can take those memories away, and I intend to live and relive them for the rest of my life.

I want to reach out to the hundreds of people who sent flowers, brought food by our home, wrote me touching letters, and who simply laid a supporting hand on my shoulder. I have been touched by each and every one of you. You have warmed my heart. I simply do not have the words to properly relay my deep appreciation for your unwavering support.

We are always faced with trials, challenges and loss in this earthly life. We never see them coming, but they are just around the corner. Life experiences sharpen us, and regardless of the experience I have always kept pushing forward. As I jump back into my full work schedule I am reminded that our neighbors’ experience loss in some form every day. Throughout my adult professional life, regardless of the challenging event be it parenthood, marriage, divorce, health, family, etc., there has been one constant – my profession.

I have been blessed on so many levels. I was blessed to be the father of two super sons. I was truly blessed to have Anne Kelly in my life. I am blessed to have the love of family, the support of my friends like yourself and my whole legal team in my life, which has been so important over the last two weeks. I have also been blessed to be an attorney who has the opportunity to help others who have experienced loss or injury. Overwhelming blessings.

I will continue to grieve (which I know is normal and healthy), but make no mistake there are people every day who need an advocate and advisor and I am going to help every person I can possibly help. I know that is what I am here to do, so the work will go on! It’s one way for me to stay sane and busy as I continue to find closure to this gaping hole in my heart! I am back and we are here for you.

God Bless.

Mike Kelly

Tort Reform: The Intended Consequence

Every few years we ramp up the rhetoric on stopping “junk lawsuits” and implementing medical liability reform to stop the rise of medical costs brought about by doctors who feel compelled to order a patient every medical test imaginable to cover themselves in the event the patient sues them for malpractice. You can expect to hear the same rallying cry again with the 2016 election cycle already underway. Here is what you will not likely hear from any candidates or current elected officials.

Tort Reform and Medical Malpractice Reform has not stopped the rising costs of medical case. It has not even curbed the rising costs of medical care, and it never will, although it sure sounds good from the political pulpit.  In the years since tort and medical liability reform statutes were implemented by several states and growing pattern appeared as stated in a recent article on

[The last bubble to burst was that because doctors are fearful of getting sued, they practice “defensive medicine, prescribing unnecessary and costly tests and procedures. That myth was dispatched by the recent publication of a major study in the New England Journal of Medicine. A team of five doctors and public health experts found that tort reform measures passed in three states – specifically designed to insulate emergency room doctors from lawsuits — did nothing to reduce the number of expensive tests and procedures those ER doctors prescribed.”]

[The latest blockbuster revelation looked at the impact of tort reform restrictions implemented in three states over 10 years ago. Texas, Georgia, and South Carolina passed legislation that made it virtually impossible to sue doctors or hospitals for emergency room treatment. The study examined 3.8 million emergency department visits at 1166 hospitals between 1996 and 2012.

Why ER visits? Because the researchers knew that “emergency physicians practice in an information-poor, high-risk, technology-rich environment.” It was a setting, they noted, that “might lend to defensive practice and magnify the costs.”

What they found was that doctors in the tort-reform states – who were virtually immune to malpractice suits – prescribed just as many MRIs and CAT scans as doctors in the control states. Removing the risk of getting sued didn’t change doctor behavior.]

So if tort reform legislation has not curbed or stopped the out of control costs of medical care in South Carolina what is the explanation. Could it be that the point of “defensive practices” is indeed to magnify the costs of medical care? Could it be that the point of magnifying costs is to increase overall profitability? Could it be that the most effective way to ensure profitability is granting de facto immunity to medical providers from all errors or deviations from the medical standards or care?  Is that the real consequence of tort and medical liability reform? The Intended Consequence.

Is there any profession which deserves immunity from their actions? Should a police officer be immune from negligence? An attorney? Your accountant? Your homebuilder? Make no mistake about it, creating walls to accountability through our civil justice system does nothing to improve the quality of medical care (or any service) you receive, and it will not get any less expensive either.

MKLG salutes Monica Holmes-Thomas

Please take a moment to watch this story.    Monica Holmes-Thomas is a teacher at Hopkins Middle School working hard to educate our future leaders day in day out.  She has been doing this for 26 years.  You would think that she might take the weekends off, but every Saturday she is volunteering with Resurrection Ministries serving food to those in need.   She is not just serving food, but actually cooking her famous chili and serving it with a smile.  We agree with WIS-TV, she is truly a community builder.

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