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Patrick David Kelley

Criminal defense Attorney at Williamsburg, VA

4.7   18 reviews
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1983
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Pat Kelley has been a trial lawyer since his graduation from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in 1983.  He began his career as a JAG officer in the U.S. Army, serving as a Trial Counsel and Senior Defense Counsel. In 1989, he left the Army to join the Commonwealth's Attorney office for the City of Williamsburg/James City County. During his 6 years with this office, he prosecuted thousands of cases, from simple trespassing to murders, rapes and robberies.

In 1996, Pat decided to enter private practice and became an associate with the prestigious Norfolk firm Breit, Drescher and Breit. While at Breit, Drescher he received what could only be described as a "crash course" in personal injury litigation. He has successfully handled hundreds of cases for individuals who had been injured due to the negligence of others.

After 2 years in Norfolk, Pat returned to practice in Williamsburg,  becoming a partner with longtime Williamsburg attorney David Holland. Pat's practice since 1998 has focused exclusively on criminal and traffic defense and personal injury.

Following David Holland's untimely death in 2003, Pat has partnered with Stephanie Montgomery and Tex McKinnon, and continues to provide aggressive representation to clients charged with criminal or traffic offenses and those injured by the negligence of others.

He is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  He is also a former adjunct professor at the Law School of William and Mary where he taught Legal Skills and Advanced Criminal Procedure.


Client's Choice 2017,2015
Client's Choice
2017 2015


Montgomery, Kelley & Mckinnon, L.L.C.
5520 Foundation St
Williamsburg, VA, 23188-2871


4.7 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | May 12, 2021
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Fierce and Compassionate Legal Advocate
Pat Kelley is the gold standard for legal defense. His wisdom and kindness guided me during the worst experience of my life. With over thirty-seven years of experience, Pat has deep relationships in the court system and a stellar reputation. He is able to analyze a case and to work with the court to achieve the best outcome. As a fellow attorney, I knew the difficulties with my case but Pat achieved an amazing outcome for me. You will receive the best representation from a truly wonderful attorney and person.
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Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2019
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Highly recommend Patrick Kelley!!!
Mr. Kelley was recently my attorney. I cannot express enough how thrilled I am with the job that he did on my behalf. During the many months that he represented my interests, he proved to be highly versed in the law, trustworthy, of great moral/ethical character, and a no-nonsense kind of guy. He kept me updated throughout court proceedings and didn’t leave me with any unanswered questions. I always felt like he was in my corner and that he was going to fight tooth and nail to get the best outcome for me...which he did! I’ve often joked that he is a shark of an attorney among minnows. I am so thankful that I had him as my attorney because he is a definite winner! If you ever need an attorney, do yourself a favor and hire the absolute best...Mr. Pat Kelley. (Thank you, Pat for everything!)
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Posted by Rhonda | September 30, 2019
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Look No Further THE BEST !!!!
Best Lawyer in the State of Virginia. Highly Recommended. Mr. Kelly is Top in his field. He worked continuously to have my charges dismissed. He was my needed angel on my shoulder.
Posted by Casey | May 9, 2019
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Pat Kelley is amazing with his knowledge and his skills. He guided me through the appropriate steps I needed to take before my hearing and answered any concern I had about my charges and calmed my worries. I walked into the courtroom with 3 charges, a DUI being one of them and with his knowledge and skills I was found not guilty of my DUI, got a charge lowered, and I kept my simple speeding ticket. I'm thankful I had a great attorney on my side that saved me from a situation I never want to be in again.
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Posted by Randy | December 4, 2018
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Confident and professional
Pat was very confident in his knowledge and abilities. He was given a task with little-supporting evidence and fought hard in court delivering a successful outcome. He is a man who fights hard for his client. If I needed to hire an attorney again he would be my first call.
Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2017
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Excellent lawyer
Help me get acquitted from a dui, everything he said he was going to do he did .first time I ever felt like a lawyer was really fighting for me and not selling me out to get a better deal on another case.
Posted by anonymous | September 19, 2017
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Confident and knowledgeable
Very happy with his service though I was very frustrated about communication at the beginning. But there is not doubt that Pat has your back. Very pleased!
Posted by Niccole R. | March 29, 2017
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Williamsburg's Best!
Pat Kelley has helped me on a number of legal issues. He is truly one of the best attorneys in Williamsburg. He is knowledgeable, professional, and willing to go the extra mile to help out his clients. I am truly grateful for his help with all my legal matters. I have always been satisfied and impressed with Pat's services and as a result, would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an excellent attorney.
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Posted by Tyler | March 29, 2017
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Goes the extra mile
Pat Kelley represented me on several cases. He was always extremely respectful, and even helped me with dealing with the process (going to court is always stressful). Mr. Kelley went above and beyond the expectations I have for a lawyer. He was responsive to my calls, seemed comfortable in court, and seemed to act in MY best interests. Many people in the Williamsburg area recommended him to me, and when I hired him to represent me it was clear why. No complaints overall.
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Posted by Amber | July 31, 2015
Amazing and Supportive Lawyer
Pat Kelley represented me in a DUI case. His support and and guidance through the whole legal process was unparalleled. His presence in the courtroom was commanding and respectful. Not once during the whole difficult experience did I feel less than or demeaned. He was thorough and kept me well informed. I would highly recommend him to anyone who would need his services.
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Posted by Simone | July 21, 2015
Great Lawyer
Patrick Kelley really helped me out when I needed it. I would call on him again should the need arise.
Posted by JB | June 26, 2015
Great Attorney
From the moment I called and made my first appointment to meet with Pat I knew I made the right decision. Upon meeting Pat it was confirmed. He listened to everything I had to say and allowed me to tell him what I wanted done. I felt at ease after meeting him because I knew that everything was going to be just fine and he was going to work hard for me. I got the outcome I was looking for and he was very fair with his cost of doing business. I would definitely recommend him to any friend or family member of mine for anything they might need.
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Posted by Bonnie | June 24, 2015
Patrick Kelley Gives Confidence
Mr. Kelley handled my case to my complete satisfaction. I was very nervous in the beginning and he calmed me down several times; he kept me informed and treated me in such a way that I grew to have complete confidence in him. I would definitely recommend him to any friend and although I hope not to need him again, I would certainly use him again if necessary.
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Posted by Nancy | June 22, 2015
Honest, Trustworthy and Responsive!
Pat Kelley is a rare find in the legal system. His reputation is spotless, he is extremely responsive and he helps to clarify many confusing (and stressful) aspects of the law to his clients. We would highly recommend Pat for both quality of service and professionalism.
Posted by David | June 19, 2015
Auto Accident Recovery
My teenage daughter was injured in an auto accident when she was struck from behind by another driver. She suffered a concussion and was sent to the ER. I spent weeks/months with the insurance company who ultimately deemed that my daughter's injury could not be conclusively linked to the actual automobile accident and as such, medical payments would not be part of the covered claim. I hired Mr. Kelley who was able to solve the entire claim to my satisfaction. He did good work and new how to handle the insurance company, who settled immediately. Don't try dealing with the insurance company yourself.
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Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2015
Traffic violation
Pat is a forthright attorney who treats his clients with respect and dignity. When faced with a traffic violation, I contacted Pat Kelley. He responded immediately, asked the right questions, and provided an explanation of the process. At court, Pat was extremely articulate, clearly explaining what had occurred which resulted the violation being removed.
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Posted by Nancy | March 24, 2017
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Attorney and Friend
On February 2016 I was hit by a commercial truck that ran a red light. I was injured with a severe head laceration and other cuts and bruises, The car was also totaled. My family and I agreed we needed a lawyer and we searched the Internet. In the conclusion we decided to contact Pat Kelley as were pleased with his credentials and past case results. At our first meeting he outlined his plans and the possible results. We retained him as our attorney but he also became a friend. During the months he was working on the case, he was always eager to answer our questions and concerns. He worked with the insurance companies, Medicare and the hospital and he was able to bring us to a reasonable settlement. I would recommend him highly. I consider Pat Kelley a very knowledgeable lawyer and a friend.
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Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2017
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A Public Defender Could Do Much Better
Hired this attorney following a recommendation. Nice enough personality. Outrageously expensive compared to the services he provided. We hired him because he claimed to have once worked for the judge we would have. Appeared nervous in court. Provided zero defense and just rolled over for the prosecutor. Didn't return our calls. Didn't perform any follow up on the case. Would have been much better off with a public defender and would have saved a couple of grand.
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AVVO RATING 7.4 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Montgomery, Kelley & McKinnon, P.L.C.
  • 2002 - Present
  • Partner
  • David Holland Law Group
  • 1998 - 2002
  • Associate
  • Breit Drescher & Breit
  • 1996 - 1998
  • Deputy Commonwealth Attorney
  • Williamsburg/James City County Commonwealth Attorney Office
  • 1989 - 1996
  • Attorney
  • U.S. Army Judge Advocate General (Jag) Corps
  • 1983 - 1989
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  • College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • Virginia Military Institute
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978


  • Virginia State Bar
  • N/A
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • N/A
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

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Given (5)
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Unknown Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Pat Kelley is an excellent attorney. He has the advantage of understanding the perspective of the prosecutor, and knowing how to best advocate for his clients because of that experience."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Pat is an effective advocate who fights hard for his clients and understands the complexities of the legal process. He achieves positive outcomes and enjoys an excellent reputation among his peers. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Pat Kelley is an excellent attorney. His legal skill and acumen are top notch. I have had the pleasure of trying numerous cases against Pat Kelley for years. He is always knowledgeable on the law and works zealously with prosecutors to get the best result for his clients."
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Williamsburg Criminal defense Lawyer Patrick David Kelley
Patrick David Kelley
Criminal defense Attorney
Williamsburg, VA
Licensed for 40 years