Raised in an Air Force family, Kellye was born in Sacramento, California and spent her childhood years in Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Ohio, and Virginia before moving back to Houston County, Georgia in 1983.
Kellye graduated from the University of Georgia, cum laude, with a B.B.A. in 1990 where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and Phi Kappa Phi honor society. She spent her first year of law school at the University of Georgia on a merit scholarship and transferred to Mercer where she graduated with a J.D. in 1993, ranked number 18 in her class of 135.
An attorney in good standing licensed in State of Georgia since May 1993, Kellye has practiced with the firm since 1994 serving as the firm’s managing partner from 2011-2015. She practices in the areas of civil litigation, business transactions, personal injury and wrongful death. Kellye is admitted to practice in Georgia Court of Appeals, Georgia Supreme Court, United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. She is Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.
Kellye is an active member and leader in local, state, and national bar associations, including the American Bar Association where she is a member of the Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division, the Law Practice Division, and the ABA Women Rainmakers Board. At the state bar level, Kellye has served as a member of the Law Practice Management Program, the Solo and Small Firm Resource Planning Board, and as a mentor for the Transition into Law Practice Program. Kellye served as the Houston County Bar Association President in 2014. She also is a member of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers.
Kellye lives in Warner Robins, Georgia with her husband, Chris, a Georgia Tech graduate. They have two daughters. Kellye enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and watching SEC football, especially the Georgia Bulldogs.
Kellye was featured in the June 2013 ABA Journal cover story on women law firm leaders. An excerpt from the article can be viewed here. Kellye also was recognized as one of Houston County’s leaders in The Macon Telegraph article titled, “14 to Watch in 2014: Rising Stars in Houston County.”