Justice Kelly returning to private practice

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Mary Beth Kelly, who recently informed Gov. Snyder and Chief Justice Robert P. Young of her decision to leave the court on Oct. 1 and enter the private sector, will join Bodman PLC in Detroit on Oct. 15, where she will become vice chair of the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group. 

Kelly will focus her practice on business litigation, government relations, and public affairs; and will participate in the firm’s pro bono and community service programs and other leadership initiatives. 

Bodman PLC Chairman Ralph E. McDowell said Kelly brings an exceptional mix of legal expertise, professional integrity, and personal commitment to causes that promote the welfare of children and families and an equitable juvenile justice system. 

 “We are thrilled that after 16 years of distinguished service to our state, Justice Kelly has chosen to join Bodman as she reenters private practice,” McDowell said. “Her vast experience, keen legal insight, leadership abilities, and impeccable reputation will enrich our firm. Justice Kelly will be an invaluable resource to our clients and our attorneys.”

 “It’s an exciting time to reenter private practice, particularly at a firm like Bodman where the culture and service philosophy fit me perfectly,” said Kelly. “During my years on the bench, I feel that I have achieved all of the public service objectives I set out to achieve when I first became a judge. My work at Bodman will allow me not only to enter a new phase in my career but will also open many community service opportunities that I could not pursue as a Supreme Court justice.”

Kelly has served on the Michigan Supreme Court since January 2011. She served as the court's liaison for child welfare and juvenile justice matters, providing leadership and expertise on these issues on behalf of the court to the legislature and executive branches and other stakeholders.  She has also served as the Supreme Court’s administrative liaison for all treatment courts, drug courts, and veterans' courts throughout the state. 

Before her election to the Michigan Supreme Court Kelly served as a judge of the Wayne County Circuit Court from 1999-2010, including three terms as chief judge, the only woman to serve in that position at that court. Prior to becoming a judge, she worked as business litigation lawyer in private practice in Detroit. 

Bodman PLC has offices in Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, and Cheboygan, and an affiliate office in Dallas.

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