William James Kelty

Title: Partner
Company: Locke Lord LLP
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

William James Kelty, Partner at Locke Lord LLP, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Insurance and Transaction Law.

Mr. Kelty was named a partner of his Boston legal firm in 1975, and has diligently served clients at Locke Lord ever since. He is known as a resource in insurance law, and is proud of representing the Hanover Insurance Group. Mr. Kelty attributes his success to great clients, lawyers, friends, and mentors, as well as the support of a wonderful family.

Born to William J. and Mary F. Kelty, Mr. Kelty earned a BA from Boston College and served to the rank of first lieutenant with the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971. Though he was studying business before he was drafted for the Vietnam War, he found friends in the armed services that were lawyers, and developed an interest in the law. Mr. Kelty earned a JD from the University of Chicago in 1975, and was ultimately admitted to practice in Illinois, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois. He is now a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Union League Club.

Since joining Locke Lord, Mr. Kelty has been named to the Best Lawyers in America in Insurance Law every year since 2008, when he was also named to Who’s Who Legal, Illinois. He has appeared with Super Lawyers Washington DC, and was featured in the Guide to the World’s Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers, as well as Baltimore and Washington DC’s Top Attorneys by the Washington Post. Mr. Kelty’s supportive family has also grown, and he is now the proud father of Bridget, Margaret, Evelyn, and Madeline with his wife, Dorothy, as well as the grandfather of Beverly.

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