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. 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 of Walker, Hulbert, Gray & Moore, LLP since 1994 and was the firm’s managing partner from 2011-2015. She practices in the areas of general and complex civil litigation, business transactions, personal injury, and wrongful death. Kellye also serves as general counsel to the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association and the Constitutional Officers’ Association of Georgia. 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. She also has been selected for inclusion into its Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in Georgia, an honor given to only a select group of lawyers for their superior skills and qualifications in the field. Membership in this exclusive organization is by invitation only and is limited to the top 100 attorneys in each state or region who have demonstrated excellence and have achieved outstanding results in their careers.
Kellye is an active member and leader in local, state, and national bar associations, including the American Bar Association where she is a Fellow of the ABA. She is a member of the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division and serves as GPSolo liaison to the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession and Chair of GPSolo WIN (Women’s Initiative Network). Kellye also is a member of the Law Practice Division, the ABA Women Rainmakers, and the Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section. At the state bar level, Kellye previously served on the Law Practice Management Program, the Solo and Small Firm Resource Planning Board, and as a mentor for the Transition into Law Practice Program. At the local bar level, Kellye is a member and past president of the Houston County Bar Association. She also is a member of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers.
Kellye lives in Houston County, Georgia. Kellye and her late husband Chris have two daughters – one Emory University Alumna and one University of Georgia Alumna. She enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and watching college football, especially the Georgia Bulldogs. Go Dawgs!
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.