James R. Kelley

JAMES R. KELLEY is a Member of Neal & Harwell, PLC.  His practice is concentrated in commercial law, taxation, bankruptcy and general corporate matters. He earned a B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1970 where he majored in mathematics with minors in computer science and philosophy.  Mr. Kelley worked as a systems analyst for Standard Oil of Ohio prior to entering law school.  He received a J.D., with distinction, from Emory Law School in 1975, where he was a member of The Order of the Coif.  He received an L.L.M. in Taxation from Emory Law School in 1977.  Mr. Kelley is a member of the Board of Directors of and a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, a Fellow in the Nashville Bar Foundation, was named as one of Tennessee’s 101 Best Lawyers by Business Tennessee magazine, was named as one of Tennessee’s 150 Best Lawyers by Business Tennessee magazine, was named as one of the 100 Super Lawyers in Tennessee by Law & Politics and the publishers of Memphis Magazine, was named in Best of the Bar by the Nashville Business Journal, and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1989.  Mr. Kelley is a contributing editor to Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice and is the author of Corporations-Formation, The Law in Tennessee.  He is a frequent speaker at bankruptcy and commercial law seminars throughout the United States.  Mr. Kelley is a member of the Nashville Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, and the State Bar of Georgia. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, where he is a former Chairman of the Taxation Committee, and the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute, where he served as President and as a Director.  Mr. Kelley is active in many civic and charitable organizations.  He is currently serving as the President of Family and Children’s Service, a Trustee of Watkins College of Art, a Director of Oz Arts Nashville and a Director of the American Friends of Chantilly.  He has previously served as the President of Nashville Cares, as President of Oasis Center, as President of Greenways for Nashville and as President of the Richland West End Neighborhood Association.  Mr. Kelley is an avid traveler, having visited the seven continents and about seventy countries.  His most unique experience is sailing north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle.