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Timothy W. Kelly graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1978. In 1997 he was voted by his peers as one of the top three attorneys in McLean County. He is a Martindale-Hubbell AV rated attorney (the highest rating available) devoting 100% of his practice to litigation. Concentrating his practice in personal injury and malpractice, he has obtained record verdicts in two downstate counties. He has been listed in Law & Leading Attorneys since 1996 and in 2002 was named one of the top 5% of attorneys in Illinois. He has also been recognized in Chicago Magazine as an Illinois “Super Lawyer.” He has published articles and books regarding trial practice, is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, and served on the Board of Managers of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association from 1992 to 2014. He is a past President of the McLean County Bar Association and the Illinois Bar Foundation.

Litigation Percentage:

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation


Illinois Supreme Court – Appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court as the Chair of the Commission on Access to Justice in 2014

Fellows of the Bar Foundation – Chair of the Fellows, 2014-2015

Illinois State Bar Association:  Elected Assembly Member, 1995 to 2000; Member Civil Practice & Procedure Section Council, 1992 to 2001, Vice Chair 1997-98, Chair 1998-99; Tort Law Section Council, 1995 to 2010, Chair 2008-2009; Allerton House Steering Committee, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000-2002; Special Committee on Judicial Discipline, 1997-98; Task Force on the Allocation of Judges in Illinois, 1998-00.  Special Committee on ISBA Facilities, 2000.

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association:  Board of Managers 1992 – 2014; Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1995-96; Executive Committee, 1996, 1997; Chairman, Insurance Law Committee, 1996-1998; Chairman, Product Liability and Insurance Law Committee, 1998-2000.  Seminar Planning Chairman, 2002.

American Trial Lawyers Association

McLean County Bar Association –  President, 2015-2016

Illinois Bar Foundation, Board of Directors. Chair of the Fellows 2014-2015. 2nd Vice-President, 2016. 1st Vice-President, 2017.  President, 2018.

McLean County Inns of Court

Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), Board of Directors, 2000 to 2007


Assistant Professor, Political Science, Illinois State University, 1980-1983

Staff Attorney, Prairie State Legal Services, 1978-1981

Assistant Public Defender, McLean County, 1981-1983

Associate in the Office of Jerome Mirza & Associates, 1983-1989

IICLE Faculty Member: for more information see Classes and Seminars Taught

ISBA Law-ed Series Faculty Member: for more information see Classes and Seminars Taught

ITLA Faculty Member: for more information see Classes and Seminars Taught

Author: Laying Foundations for Introducing Evidence, IICLE, 1991, revised, 1996; 2000, 2005; Proving Damages in Personal Injury Cases, IICLE 1994. Review of Recent Cases, Trial Briefs, ISBA Vol. 34, 1989; Review of Recent Cases, Tort Trends, ISBA Vol. 31, 1995; Affirmation of the Common Fund Doctrine, Trial Briefs, ISBA Vol. 42, 1996; IPI 5.01 & Expert Witnesses, Tort Trends, ISBA Vol. 4, 1997; Special Duty Exception to Local Governmental Tort Immunity, Trial Briefs, ISBA Vol. 44, 1999. Mandatory Arbitration Case Review, Illinois Bar Journal, March 2000. Illinois Pretrial Practice, James Publishing Co., 2002. Co-Edition, Illinois Causes of Action, 2006, 2008.

Certified as McLean County Civil Case Mediator, 1996

Certified as a McLean County Civil Case Arbitrator, 1997

Born: Chicago, Illinois, April 27, 1953