Mr. Kelly grew up in Pennsylvania and New Jersey before attending and graduating from the University of Virginia. He served as a pilot and accounting officer in the U.S. Air Force in Germany and then completed law school at New York University and at Hastings College of the Law (University of California) in San Francisco.
Mr. Kelly was in private practice in northern California for nearly 30 years, engaged in civil, family, and criminal law, including appellate work. He defended more than 15 defendants accused of murder, including four charged with capital murder. Also during that time he served as a juvenile court referee and as a referee and principal referee of the California State Bar Court. Thereafter, and for over ten years, he worked as a prosecutor in the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office, engaged mainly in civil and criminal enforcement of environmental and labor laws. He also assisted in prosecution of numerous homicide cases.
Now retired from active practice of law, Mr. Kelly lives happily with his wife in Whitefish, Montana. For the last ten years or so he has been on the MTIP board of directors, helping with project administration and case litigation.