Sam Kelly was born in Bruce, Mississippi on July 5, 1961. He received his undergraduate (1983) and law (1988) degrees from Ole Miss. Upon graduating from law school, he served as law clerk to Judge Robert J. Yock of the United States Claims Court in Washington, D.C. He is an active member of and serves as General Counsel to the Mississippi Associated Builders and Contractors (the largest construction trade association in Mississippi), and the Mississippi Road Builders Association. Sam’s practice focuses on the construction industry and includes contract preparation and negotiations, bid protests, claim preparation and evaluation and dispute resolution through mediation, arbitration and litigation. In the field of Construction Litigation, Sam has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America®, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers, and Mid-South Super Lawyers.
Sam actively serves his community and profession. He is a member of the Mississippi State Bar, and served from 1999-2000 as President of the Young Lawyers Division. He also serves on the Board of the Capital Club in Jackson. In addition, he has been active in the Madison County Schools for over twenty years, serving as past President of the PTOs for Madison Avenue Elementary, Madison Middle and Rosa Scott schools. He is Past President of the Madison Central Booster Club which serves 22 athletic programs. He was elected in 2013 to the Madison County School Board. Sam coached baseball in the Madison Ridgeland Youth leagues for many years. Sam is committed to his family—wife Kim, daughters Maggie Kate and Anna Claire, and his late son, Sam Clayton. He is a member of and teaches Life Group at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison.