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D. Michael ("Mike") Kelly, is a South Carolina resident with more than 30 years of experience in law. He has spent his entire career working hard to protect the rights of South Carolinians and build a better, more just community. Mike is highly experienced in many areas of law and often represents people seeking to claim disability benefits under complex ERISA laws and regulations. He combines his knowledge of law with a compassionate approach to each client.

Taking Time to Give Back

In addition to his legal career, Mike is heavily involved in numerous charitable and community service organizations. He is an active member of St. Martin’s in the Fields Episcopal Church, and is happily married with two sons.

MIke adheres to a staunch belief in civic stewardship and feels a deep and fulfilling obligation to support his fellow citizens. He participates in numerous organizations to help create a better community for all:

Central Carolina Community Foundation

New Morning Foundation

Board of Directors of the Glenforest School

University of South Carolina School of Law Building Campaign, Co-Chair

Cultural Council of Richland Lexington Counties

Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce


Please visit the community board for current community projects and initiatives The Mike Kelly Law Group supports.

Recognized for Outstanding Community Service

Mike has a reputation for outstanding community service. His highly regarded qualities of civic leadership have earned him the respect and affection of fellow South Carolinians. He is the recipient of notable community awards:

Myrtle Beach Herald’s 2008 Personal Injury Attorney of the Year

Public Citizen Award from the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association

The Compleat Lawyer Award from the University of South Carolina

Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of South Carolina Department of Arts and Sciences

Mike extends humanity, warmth, and concern to all people. He is a role model and influential member of the community.


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Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 25%
    40 years
  2. Social Security: 25%
    40 years
  3. Personal Injury: 25%
    40 years
  4. Workers Compensation: 15%
    40 years
  5. Medical Malpractice: 10%



Hourly ($250-400/hour), contingent (20-40%)

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    I endorse D. Kelly. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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Contact info

Mike Kelly Law Group, LLC

816 Broadway
Myrtle Beach, SC, 29577

Mike Kelly Law Group, LLC

500 Taylor Street
Columbia, SC, 29201

Mike Kelly Law Group, LLC

106 East Washington Street
Winnsboro, SC, 29180



SCGood Standing197707/03/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service AwardBoy Scouts of America2014
Super Lawyer (2008-2014)South Carolina Super Lawyers2014
Legal Elite of the Midlands - 2011 - 2013Columbia Business Monthly2013
Workers Compensation (25 straight years)Best Lawyers in America2013
Outstanding Alumnus Award from the Department of Arts & SciencesUniversity of South Carolina2009
Public Citizen AwardSouth Carolina Association for Justice1994
Compleat Lawyers Gold AwardUniversity of South Carolina1993
Young Lawyer of the Year AwardSouth Carolina Bar, Young Lawyers Division1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney/Business OwnerMike Kelly Law Group, LLC2004 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Greater Columbia Chamber of CommerceBoard Member2010 - 2011
United Way of the MidlandsBoard Member2009 - 2011
American Board of Trial Advocates -SC ChapterPresident2007 - 2009
South Carolina BarPresident1999 - 2000
South Carolina Bar, House of DelegatesChair1994 - 1996
Richland County Bar AssociationPresident1990 - 1992
South Carolina Bar, CLE CommitteeChair1989 - 1991
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Weaver v. Lentz, 348 S.C. 672, 561 S.E. 2d 360 (Ct. App. 2001)Jury Verdict for Plaintiff; Affirmed
Deskins v. Boltin and MSI Construction Co. Inc., 319 S.C. 356, 461 S.E.2d 395 (1995)Plaintiff Won on Appeal
Johnson v. Jackson, 401 S.C. 152, 735 S.E.2d 664 (Ct. App. 2012)Reversed in favor of Plaintiff/Claimant
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Publication nameTitleDate
South Carolina Bar Association publicationLaw of Workers Compensation in South Carolina1990
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of South Carolina School of LawN/AN/A1977
University of South CarolinaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
South Carolina Bar Convention (5 consecutive years)Civil Law Update Moderator2013