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Thomas Arrowood Kellis II

Criminal defense Attorney at New Bern, NC

4.7   22 reviews

also known as Tommy Kellis, Thomas Kellis

  • Licensed for 15 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense

    15 years, 1,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI

    15 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Family

    15 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Immigration

    15 years, 1,000 cases

  5. Personal injury

    15 years, 1,000 cases

North Carolina attorneys handle criminal, injury and family law cases.
How you confront a legal challenge can affect the rest of your life. To protect your rights, you need a knowledgeable, assertive attorney who won’t back down in the effort to deliver a successful result. For a decade, the Carolina Law Group in New Bern has provided high-quality legal representation to a diverse group of North Carolina clients. Whether you have been charged with a crime, injured in an accident or need family law counsel, our firm will give you the strong advocacy and personal service that you deserve.

Tireless advocates pursue justice on behalf of clients
We represent the interests of clients aggressively in and out of court. No matter how difficult the odds, you can count on counsel that is:

Accomplished — Throughout the region, our firm has earned a reputation for delivering tireless support for clients in criminal and civil litigation.
Dedicated — Since opening the practice in 2007, we have been committed to improving the lives of clients and the community at large.
Affordable — You deserve exceptional legal counsel at a price you can afford. The firm offers comprehensive assistance that’s also cost-effective.
In an initial consultation, we will outline the relevant legal issues and help you determine how to proceed.

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Thomas Arrowood Kellis II
1723 South Glenburnie Road
New Bern, NC, 28562
Carolina Law Group
205 Wolfcreek Professional Park Center
Hwy 70W
Havelock, NC, 28532
Carolina Law Group
700 Arendell St.
Suite 7
morehead city, NC, 28557
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4.7 / 5.0
  22 customer reviews
Posted by Valerie | July 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hired thomas kellis law firm
Very good lawyer. Some years back I was making a left turn on to another street and while turning traffic stopped and the light turned red. Long story short .my case was won no points on my license. I would reccomed Tommy Kellis law firm to anybody .
Posted by Shane | May 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney No problems here
I was given a ticket for 76 mph in a 55 mph zone. I have an out of state license and was told by the officer I would need to appear in court. I received a letter in the mail from His law firm and after talking with his staff retained them to represent me. Everything the Administrative assistant told me was accurate and the case turned out exactly as they had suggested. Thank you. Case was voluntarily dismissed.
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Posted by Scott | March 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
MR Kellis represented me for my DWI. Never doubted him found me not guilty extremely professional and the trail could have gone any better I would recommend him to anyone in need of a lawyer thank you again MR. Kellis
Posted by Mike | August 3, 2015
Professional and trustworthy lawyer with wonderful office staff.
Very happy with the decision to hire Mr. Kellis. He skillfully handled all aspects of my case and helped me navigate the legal process as smoothly as possible. His staff was always polite and welcoming and made the experience much more tolerable.
Posted by Derek | August 2, 2015
Hire with confidence
He represented me for a DWI. After hearing the specifics of my bad night, he said he'd like to take it to trial and that he felt we could win. And that's exactly what happened. My case wasn't that difficult but he took it and me seriously and knocked it out of the park. And for what it's worth, I watched him in action in court on a couple of different occasions and it's obvious he has the respect of the court (DA, judges, bailiffs, etc) Oh, and his fees are completely sane.
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Posted by Justin | September 22, 2014
Very honest lawyer who prepares for every contingency
In the past, Mr. Kellis handled several traffic violations and/or minor drug charges for me, and he always did exactly what he said he would do for very reasonable fees. Most recently, Mr. Kellis handled a DWI charge that I received in Jones Co. NC in September of 2012. Even though the case was pending for over two years, I never once felt like Mr. Kellis gave up on me. Although he could have most likely entered a plea deal on several occasions, he instead opted to take my case to trial and fight as hard as possible. Once the trial commenced, it was clear that Mr. Kellis was prepared, and that he had done his homework. The checkpoint at which I had received the charge was suppressed, and the DA had no choice but to dismiss the case. Also, throughout the whole ordeal, Mr. Kellis kept me informed of his strategy, and also made sure that I was financially and mentally prepared for the worst case scenario. This man does not blow smoke, and he does not make false promises. He is a very honest and fair individual that also makes an effort to develop lasting and trustworthy business relationships. I wholeheartedly endorse and recommend this man.
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Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2014
Extremely Professional
Mr.Kellis was extremely professional and his staff are very helpful, understanding and always return phone calls in a timely manner.
Posted by Jeremy | November 22, 2013
Thank You Mr Kellis
I was refered to Mr Kellis by a friend and greatful for the referral. Mr Kellis right from the start heard me out, gathered the facts in detail and never once made me feel uncomfortable about my situation. As my court date grew near I began to grow worrisome of the possible outcome or impending doom I was to face if found guilty. Mr Kellis eased all those unnessisarry jitters with his confidence and calm deminor. Once my day in court arrived I sat in the crowd patiently waiting to face the music fearing that I would be put to he stand and made an example of by the district attorney.... No such event ever took place. Mr Kellis wanting to avoid having myself shamed publicly took it upon himself to settle the matter behind closed doors with the district attorney and police officer who was charging me. I never once had to leave my seat until the moment Mr Kellis was telling me that he got all three charges dropped and that I was dismissed. Should I ever find myself in a similar predicament I will certainly be seeking Mr Kellis' services again.
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Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2013
Extremely pleased!
Got a speeding ticket while passing through NC. Within a few days my mailbox was jammed with solicitation letters from NC attorneys! Mr Kellis's letter was by far the most professional and respectful and his website was most helpful and professional in every way. His fee was very reasonable. The client service his staff provided was also very high quality, they handled my case expertly and with attention to every detail and were quick to fully answer my every question. Very pleased!
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Posted by Brian | April 18, 2013
Just overall amazing! The entire staff was very helpful in every way. I would recomend this firm to anyone, anytime.
Posted by Jonathan | April 9, 2013
Very Professional Attorney. Highly Recommend!
Mr. Kellis is the best attorney around. He is great at what he does. He got my case dismissed when no other lawyer could! His staff is very professional. I am going to tell everybody I know about this law firm. 10 stars!!!
Posted by Amy | April 9, 2013
Thomas and his staff is the best!
I called around and this was by far the best lawyer to work with. The prices were great and the staff was sharp. The secretary was very nice and the paralegal was very educated in law. Thumbs up to office management. Mr. Kellis is a very professional lawyer whom is very well educated in his work. I didn't have to wait at all. Mr. Kellis handled it right away so that I could get my license back. I would def. call them again if I ever needed a lawyer for ANYTHING.
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Posted by Matthew | January 14, 2013
Very Professional Attorney
Mr. Kellis handled a DWLR case for me about 2 months ago. He is the reason why I received my licensed back. He took care of all the matters with the license revoked and my DWI. I was told by many lawyers that it would be hard to get my license back but Mr. Kellis came through. He is good at what he does and I would recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Cammie | January 11, 2013
Top Notch Attorney
Kellis and his staff was professional and, timely. Because of his diligence and knowledge, I received the employment benefits my previous employer attempted to deny me. Thank you for a job well done.
Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2012
I couldn't ask for any better
Mr. Kellis is a very smart man. He knows what he is doing. I am glad I chose him as my lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2012
Excellent attorney
Mr Kellis handled a traffic ticket for me last month and has handled other manners for me in the past. His staff was courteous and professional. I was kept informed of matters and costs associated with my case were what he quoted me. I will use him again and recommend him to others.
Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2012
Amazing attorney!
I have never met someone so easy to get along with in my life. Mr. Kellis was very accomodating to my needs and represented me with the highest and upmost respect. I have recommended him to all of my friends. Keep up the great work Mr. Kellis. Your the reason why I am able to be with my family during Christmastime.
Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2012
Client charged with "Communicating Threats"
Mr. Kellis is a professional attorney who is dedicated to his client's legal requirements. He has a sharp wit and is experienced in getting to the heart and truth of the matter. He presents his case in a succinct, expertise manner and is a trustworthy advocate for the client. Not only did Mr. Kellis make me feel comfortable with my legal representation, he represented me in a manner that was confident and firm in the matter of the law and dealing with the court system.
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Posted by anonymous | October 12, 2012
Fantastic Legal Representation
I hired MR Kellis after a DUI charge to say the least I was devastated, I worried about my current job, I worried about the legal consequences, and I worried about its effect on future employment etc. I met with him before hiring him and he was judgment free and went over the particulars of what may happen and what could happen with my situation. It took some time but I trusted his method and ended up with a much lesser charge. I would recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2012
Excellent attorney
Mr. Kellis is a smart, accessible, understanding attorney! I would recommend him and personally use him again.
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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 6.7 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Tommy Kellis Attorney at Law
  • 2007 - Present


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • St. Leo
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Legal Cases

  • NC Employment division Appeal
  • Prior Ruling Reversed, Client eligible for Benefits


  • Amercian Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • 2007 - Present
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Attorney Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • 3B Judicial Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2007 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice 2013
  • AVVO
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (1)
Given (1)
Endorse Thomas
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer, and recommend referring clients to Tommy or soliciting his advise as co-counsel. He is razor sharp and an excellent litigator."

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New Bern Criminal defense Lawyer Thomas Arrowood Kellis II
Thomas Arrowood Kellis II
Criminal defense Attorney
New Bern, NC
Licensed for 15 years
Free Consultation