WILLIAM F. KELLEY
William F. Kelley (“Bill”), Managing Partner of Kelley, Kelley & Kelley, is recognized by his peers in the legal community to have achieved the highest level of professional excellence. He is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™ and in 2015 Bill was named to the annual list of Top Attorneys in Illinois for his business and corporate work by Super Lawyers. He has received the coveted “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating allowed, a testament to his preeminence in the legal field. Bill concentrates his practice in transactional law, commercial, business and corporate areas, estate and succession planning, asset protection, and civil and commercial litigation.
Bill has a wide range of experience representing corporate clients through employment matters, lease agreements, non-competition agreements, NDA’s, shareholder agreements, and shepherding businesses in their mergers, acquisitions and sales, and when necessary, in litigation. Bill’s experience, advice, and counsel in business law are shown throughout the community through his clients’ successful business ventures. His counsel has been instrumental in facilitating the acquisition, sale, and transfer of multi-million dollar business ventures while minimizing the tax ramifications thereof.
Bill has also established a large estate planning practice representing clients in both complex and simple estate planning. Bill routinely works with clients with multi-million dollar portfolios to draft comprehensive estate planning. Bill has wide ranging experience drafting revocable trusts, credit shelter trusts, Qualified Terminable Interest Property trusts (“QTIP”), Generation-Skipping Trusts (“GST”), special needs trusts, and also works closely with clients who may need to decant their trust instruments.
Bill has also had a successful civil litigation practice representing clients in medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, discrimination, fraud, and business actions. Bill obtained a $2.2 million dollar settlement in a wrongful death action and has routinely negotiated recoveries exceeding $500,000. William Kelley’s numerous professional and civic memberships reflect his energy and vision.
Bill’s work in the legal and civic communities allows Bill to give comprehensive advice to his clients based on legal expertise and a thorough understanding of the communities in which his clients reside.
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois J.D. (Cum Laude-Top 2%) – 1980
- American Jurisprudence Award, 1980
- Associate Editor of the Loyola University Law Journal
Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois B.A. (Cum Laude)
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1980, Trial Bar
U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 2000
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1981
U.S. Tax Court, 1986
Louisiana Supreme Court Clerkship 1981-1982
Small Business Trademark Conditions, Daily Herald Business Ledger, Sept. 29, 2014, Vol. 22, No. 2. Pg. 16
When Can Letters of Intent Bind Your Client, Newsbriefs, March 2011
So Your Client Received a Letter From Their Internet Service Provider, Now What? Newsbriefs, March 2013
Illinois’ Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, Newsbriefs, April 2014
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, Newsbriefs, May 2014
The Case of Vivian Maier, Newsbriefs, November 2014
Digital Estate Planning, Newsbriefs, May 2015
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Northwest Suburban Bar Association, President 2014-2015
- Bench-Bar Relations Committee, Co-Chair
- Board of Governors
- Estate Planning Committee
- Judicial Review Committee
Northwest Suburban Estate Planning Council
Association of Community College Trustees, Director
Illinois Community College Trustees Association
Kenneth Young Center, Past Chairman of the Board
Northwest Suburban Council Boy Scouts of America
- Advisory Board
- Endowment Committee
Schaumburg Business Association, Founding Member
- Legislative Advisory Committee
Schaumburg Hoffman Estates Rotary Club
Bill has served as an elected Trustee to the Harper College Board since 2003. He is also active in the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) where he served as President. In 2015 Bill was elected as a director of the Association of Community College Trustees. Bill was a founding board member of the Schaumburg Business Association and the Schaumburg Prairie Center Arts Foundation. He has also served on the Executive Board of the Northwest Suburban Council of the Boy Scouts of America, St. Hubert School Board, St. Hubert Finance Board, and the St. Viator Alumni Board.