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KellyGram – Wounded Warrior Project

 

 

I grew up in a modest family in Southern Virginia with neither of my parents having a high school diploma. It was a blessing! God has been better to me in my lifetime than I deserve. I have had the opportunities of traveling far and wide experiencing a lot of life that I never thought I would and yet I am still most blessed to represent people that are injured, hurt on the job, sick or disabled.

It is my faith driven philosophy that this law firm gives back to the community. One of the many projects that the Mike Kelly Law Group supports is the Wounded Warrior Project and for the last three years we have had the privilege of being a sponsor for the Wounded Warrior Charity Golf Tournament out of Aiken and Augusta.

The Wounded Warrior Project began in 2003 as a small grassroots effort providing care and comfort items to wounded service members returning home from conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. This nonprofit organization has greatly expanded to include services for mental health, career counseling, and long-term rehabilitative care. Of these wounded warriors (which MKLG helps with in their disability claims), 75.9% suffer from PTSD, 75.7% suffer from anxiety and 74.3% suffer from depression.

As the saying goes, War is Hell and these people serving their country are heroes! Please consider donating to the Wounded Warrior Project in a location near you.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Congratulations Janet Rhodes!

 

 

I am very proud of my Partner, Janet E. Rhodes, Esquire for being featured in an article in Super Lawyers magazine. The article provides a fun and quirky outline of Janet’s life as an athlete, singer, and attorney. She truly has had quite a unique journey in life. Please enjoy the article and reach out to Janet for all of your employment law needs.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.” Super Lawyers’ “patented attorney selection process is peer influenced and research driven, selecting the top 5% of attorneys to the Super Lawyers list each year.” Janet has been selected to receive the honor of Super Lawyer each year since 2014. Way to go, Janet! We are lucky to have you!

 

Have a great weekend and Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Quite a Show!

 

 

As a good many of my readers know, I serve on the Board of the Brighton Homeowners Association as its President. I am not always sure about the wisdom of volunteering for this as sometimes it is a thankless position, but this past Tuesday was special! I witnessed the replacement and installation of the HVAC units on the roof of our building. This was no ordinary changeout because we had to rent a crane which could extend its jib arm up to 600 feet. Thankfully, we only needed 480 of it, but it was like a drill of military precision! On Monday they assembled the crane on site, Tuesday they did the actual work and then on Wednesday they disassembled it. And believe me, this crane was not cheap! It took at least twenty-five workers working on the ground and on the roof to get the job completed. I am thankful for WO Grubb and Cayce Mechanical Contractors for doing a superlative job. It was both exciting and scary at the same time. It is definitely a sight that I will never forget.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Jamie Brown

 

 

Jamie Brown has been with me for 27 years and I have been blessed every day since she said she would take the job! She married her husband John Brown 28 years ago, so John and I are two very lucky people to have Jamie at the center point of our lives taking care of us. Jamie has such a nurturing disposition and quite simply does everything, not only for me, but for the law firm! She is our longest serving employee in the firm having worn many hats over the years. In addition to putting up with me, doing dictation, taking countless new caller intake phone calls, scheduling appointments, including social events, she also works with the litigation team in a scheduling capacity. Jamie’s mother was a former legal secretary for 30 years so to be an amazing legal assistant was literally in her DNA. Outside of her daily duties and responsibilities with the firm, Jamie is also a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and daughter!

We are all incredibly lucky to have Jamie as part of the Mike Kelly Law Group and I am even more blessed to have her as a part of my personal family for many years. Thank you, Jamie, for your dedication in taking care of me, my family, and our firm! You do a stellar job!

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – My New Fav Place to Visit

 

 

Situated midway between Columbia and Myrtle Beach (my two homes) is something that puts the truck stops of America to shame – Buc-ee’s. My hat goes off to the person that developed Buc-ee’s; the most wonderful and majestic road stop ever! When people ask me what’s so special about Buc-cee’s, my standard reply is, “you just have to go there, I cannot explain it!” The nearest Buc-ee’s is at Exit 170 on Interstate 95 on the way to the beach. If you want a smoker or gas grill, you can go there. If you want a deer stand, you can go there. If you want the best snacks, you can go there. If you want brisket, pulled pork BBQ, chicken sandwiches, handhelds, then go there. If you want the best homemade beef jerky and fudge, go there. If you want apparel, gifts for the grandkids, in-laws, significant others, or friends, go there. Buc-ee’s is currently situated in Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky, and South Carolina. I highly recommend Buc-ee’s to anyone, but if you are an over-the-road trucker, forget it, they do not allow 18-wheelers! Whoever thought of Buc-ee’s in a genius and a billionaire!

 

Visit Buc-ee’s and have a great weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Spring is in Full Swing

 

 

Having just experienced a wonderful Easter, I sit here reflecting on all the exciting things that occur in South Carolina in the Springtime. First, the weather is beautiful, the lawns are greening up, the golf courses are getting in shape (my favorite), and we are starting to embark on Spring Festivals. There are endless activities to enjoy throughout both my hometowns of Columbia and Myrtle Beach. Last night for example, I attended the Loading the Dock concert at the Township Auditorium featuring The Tams and it was a great outdoor experience. These festivals in Columbia and Myrtle Beach will be continuously operating almost seven days a week so take advantage of them and enjoy life to its fullest as I plan to do! I love living in South Carolina!

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Easter 2023

 

 

This past Sunday the Christian world entered Holy week and we celebrated at my home church St. Martins-in-the Fields. Christmas and Easter are two of my favorite times of the year and if I had to pick one over the other it would be quite difficult. This KellyGram is going out on Thursday this week rather than the usual Friday because our office will follow its tradition of being closed in respect of Good Friday. Our service at my church will be at noon on Friday and Lord willing we will be there.

The Easter story from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday is quite simply amazing and should always be celebrated as the most holy in the church year.

We couple Easter with the Masters at Augusta National this weekend and it will be quite memorable. My favorite golfer from Irmo, South Carolina Dustin Johnson will be competing, and so I say Happy Easter to all and go, DJ!

 

Have a great weekend and Happy Easter!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Our Legal Administrator Amanda Miller Swearingen

 

 

The bedrock of the Mike Kelly Law Group is not me but our employees. I would like to kick off a monthly series of highlighting our amazing employees. First up, our Legal Administrator, Amanda Miller Swearingen. Amanda has been with me for 24 years and elevated herself from being a very young employee to being the Chief Operating Officer of the Mike Kelly Law Group with offices in Columbia, Myrtle Beach and Winnsboro, South Carolina. She quite simply does everything for the firm from managing its finances, serving as the HR director as well as being involved in marketing, and maintaining my personal finances.

Amanda has endless talents which are indispensable to the Mike Kelly Law Group however she REALLY excels at being a mother. She cares for her two children, Kristi and Hayden with unconditional love and support. It is truly an amazing thing! I remember when her son Hayden was born, and I was at the hospital within hours to visit! Funny enough, not long after I arrived, I looked over and saw Amanda was on the phone working on a few tasks for the firm! She is such a great example of a woman who can excel at being a mother and embrace a thriving career.

Thank you, Amanda, for all you do for us at the Mike Kelly Law Group. I remain indebted to you for your service to MKLG and the Kelly family!

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – How I select weekly topics for the KellyGram

 

 

Thank you to all the long-suffering readers of the KellyGram for the last 6 years! The list of readers has thankfully grown over the years, and I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for those that read my thoughts each Friday!

Selecting the topics is definitely not a science, but intuitive and sometimes random. I do not try to make it overly legal, political or tell my readers how great the Mike Kelly Law Group is because I am sure no one wants to read that any more than they want to see the constant pounding of law firm commercials on your TV sets!

I try to weave in a little information about the legal process in our areas of practice and give you legal updates when there are new developments, but otherwise try to keep it light and uplifting.

I always put my biggest cheerleader hat on when I talk about how great it is to live in the state of South Carolina, especially in the communities in which we practice. I also try to brag about my employees, my children, and my grandchild. But since you all know that I am not clairvoyant or brilliant, please send me your topics you would like covered when one comes to mind. In the meantime, I will continue to speak on things I feel are remotely interesting each and every Friday!

 

Have a great weekend and enjoy this beautiful Spring!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – My Granddaughter’s 5th Birthday

 

 

Today I want to tell my readers what a joy it is to have a grandchild. I am biased, but my bundle of love is the cutest, sweetest, and most intelligent 5-year-old red-headed girl running around the City of Columbia. I had the pleasure of taking her out to dinner on Monday night, March 13th (her actual Birthdate) and we had a great time with gifts, a good meal and lots of love and laughter. I can honestly say she likely has more Buc-ee’s paraphernalia than any 5-year-old in this town! She also received a wolf sleeping bag that she was crazy about and will be taking with her on her next sleepover. Seriously, before I had a grandchild, I had heard but never knew what an absolute pleasure and blessing they are and all the people that told me this were right! I hope each and every one of you will be able to experience having a grandchild at some point in your life. I know mine has a major part of my heart!

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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