Overview

Kellye is an experienced litigator and counselor with experience in various areas of law including employment, conflict resolution, policy review and development, governance, investigations, and litigation. Additionally, Kellye helps develop restorative justice and reconciliation plans for nonprofits and faith-based organizations that have experienced trauma or significant conflict, to aid in rebuilding trust, reconciling relationships, and caring for victims.

Prior to joining Michael Best, Kellye was an attorney at Wagenmaker & Oberly. She gained extensive experience in corporate litigation as an associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and then as a partner at Freeborn & Peters LLP. At these firms, Kellye represented clients in state and federal courts as well as arbitration proceedings. Over the years, Kellye has developed significant experience in investigating, prosecuting, and defending employment discrimination lawsuits.

Kellye also served previously as a church pastor. She spent nearly nine years on staff at Willow Creek Community Church, holding various roles. In her last three years on staff, Kellye directed child protection policy measures, developed congregant and volunteer protection practices, managed disciplinary and restoration processes, led the reconciliation ministry, and conducted internal investigations.

Professional Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member, Christian Legal Society
  • Mentor, Legal Vocational Fellowship

Education

Bar Admission

Court Admissions

Community Involvement

  • Mentor, Legal Vocation Fellowship, 2023 – Present
  • Member, Safe Families for Children, 2019 – Present
  • Board Member, Jubilee Centre USA, 2016 – Present
  • Co-Founder and Volunteer, Willow Creek Legal Aid Ministry, 2009-2015
  • Former Board Member, Gospel Justice Initiative
  • Former Board Member, Housing Opportunities for Women
  • Former Board Member, Shama Ministries

Insights

Education

Bar Admission

Court Admissions

Community Involvement

  • Mentor, Legal Vocation Fellowship, 2023 – Present
  • Member, Safe Families for Children, 2019 – Present
  • Board Member, Jubilee Centre USA, 2016 – Present
  • Co-Founder and Volunteer, Willow Creek Legal Aid Ministry, 2009-2015
  • Former Board Member, Gospel Justice Initiative
  • Former Board Member, Housing Opportunities for Women
  • Former Board Member, Shama Ministries
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