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Herbert Valentine Kelly

Herbert Valentine Kelly Jr.

Practice areas:

Litigation, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Construction & Development

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About Me

I began my practice in 1976 after graduating from William & Mary joining my father's firm that was established in 1905. After a few years handling criminal and traffic defense, real estate transaction, I concentrated my practice in litigation. Although my firm represents plaintiffs for the most part, my real estate practice has led to a speciality in defending realtors in claims of professional negligence. Like most firms of the JBW&K size, my partners and I assist personal injury and products liability clients and I have acted as counsel to several manufacturers whose products were alleged to be defective. With years of experience in the banking industry, I represent borrows, developers and lenders in a wide variety of commercial and residential real estate transactions. Please visit our website at 


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1976

  1. Litigation: 40%
    39 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Real Estate: 25%
    39 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Personal Injury: 25%
    39 years, 250 cases
  4. Construction & Development: 10%
    39 years, 500 cases



Hourly ($185-350/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Joseph Franklin Verser

    Bert is a consummate trial lawyer and true gentleman. In court, he is always prepared and always persuasive. I endorse him without reservation.


    Joseph Verser Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Johnny Curtis Cope

    I have worked with Mr. Kelly for years and I highly recommend him as a litigator.


    Johnny Cope Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Jones, Blechman, Woltz & Kelly, P.C.

701 Town Center Drive, Suite 800
Newport News, VA, 23606-4294


VAAuthorized to practice law197603/11/2014

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Peer RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
Legal Elite: Construction LawVirginia Business Magazine2007
Legal Elite: Civil LitigationVirginia Business Magazine2006

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
CEOMold Claims Consulting Group, LLC2008 - Present
Owner/ DirectorShelter Management2007 - Present

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Peninsula Food BankDirector2010 - Present
Newport News Bar AssociationPast President2009 - 2010
TowneBankDirector2008 - Present
Wachovia BankChairman: Advisory Board2007 - 2009
Riverside HospitalDirector2005 - Present
Peninsula Habitat For HumanityDirector2005 - Present
Boy Scouts of AmericaBoard of Advisors2000 - Present
Virginia War MuseumFormer Director1990 - 1996
Virginia Living MuseumPast President/ Director1989 - 2007

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Truston v. ITA$4.2 Mil Jury Verdict
Realtor DefenseDefense verdicts

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Publication NameTitleDate
Mold: A Property Managers Guide To Risk Reduction From Mold Related ClaimsProperty Managers Reducing the Risk of Tenant Personal Injury Claims From Exposure to Mold2009

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
Hampden-Sydney CollegeEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1973

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
TowneBankEffective Marketing Tips For Business Bankers2010
RetreatHow to Avoid Mold Claims2010
National Assoc of Residential Prop ManagersTenant mold claims2009
RE/MAX RetreatRealtors duty to disclose adverse facts in a real estate transaction2008
Virginia Association of RealtorsLegal Entities: Get the Right Signature on Your Contract Documents2007