Daniel J. Kelly, Board of Directors, Chair of the Municipal Section


Mr. Daniel Kelly concentrates his practice in the areas of municipal and school law. He has successfully defended numerous municipalities, school districts, police agencies, police officers, employers, and insurers at all levels of the litigation process in front of the state, federal, and appellate courts. With his extensive trial experience, Mr. Kelly has been asked to serve as a court-appointed mediator and lecturer on numerous issues involving governmental entities, risk management and liability exposure.

Given his twenty years of litigation experience on behalf of municipalities and school districts, recently Mr. Kelly has focused his training on preventative techniques to avoid the costs of litigation. He has completed two associate programs in Risk Management and Risk Management for Public Entities certified by AICPCU/IIA. Additionally, he has completed the training and certification by the Michigan Supreme Court as a court appointed mediator/facilitator. Recently, he was invited, accepted and completed Michigan State University’s prestigious one year fellowship in Government Leadership. His unique experience in law as well as having sat in an elected Township official of both the Independence Township Board and Planning Commission, gives him a unique perspective for the representation of public entities.

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Law
  • Government Law
  • Insurance Defense
  • Litigation
  • Municipal


  • Western Michigan University, B.S.
  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Detroit, Michigan, J.D

Admitted to Practice

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Michigan Supreme Court