Michigan Supreme Court Justice Mary Beth Kelly To Join Bodman PLC

Aug 17, 2015, 11:08 ET from Bodman PLC

DETROIT, Aug. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Bodman PLC is pleased to announce that Michigan Supreme Court Justice Mary Beth Kelly will join the firm as a member on October 15, 2015.  She will practice in Bodman's Detroit office.

Justice Kelly recently informed Governor Snyder and Chief Justice Robert P. Young of her decision to leave the court on October 1, 2015 and enter the private sector.  

At Bodman, Justice Kelly will become vice chair of the firm's Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group. She will focus her practice on business litigation, government relations, and public affairs. She will become an active participant in Bodman's pro bono and community service programs and other leadership initiatives. 

Bodman PLC Chairman Ralph E. McDowell said that Justice Kelly brings to the firm 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 sixteen 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."

Justice Kelly believes this is the right time to bring her extensive judicial experience back to the private sector.

"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."

Justice Kelly has served on the Michigan Supreme Court for four and a half years, beginning in January 2011. During her tenure 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 she served as a judge of the Wayne County Circuit Court from 1999-2010, including three terms as chief judge. She is the only woman to ever serve as chief judge of that court. Prior to becoming a judge, Justice Kelly worked as business litigation lawyer in private practice in Detroit. 

Bodman PLC is one of Michigan's largest business law firms with more than 150 lawyers in four Michigan offices in Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, and Cheboygan, and an affiliate office in Dallas, Texas. Bodman has a diverse client base that includes individuals and businesses in a variety of industries with emphasis on financial services, automotive, real estate and construction, high tech, health care, manufacturing, and other sectors.