Michelle Kelley
  • Office: 1900 Barnwell Street 
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Mailing Address: P.O. Drawer 7788 
  • Columbia, SC 29202
  • Michelle P. Kelley 

  • Special Counsel
  • Columbia Office
Practice Areas
  • Appeals 
  • Commercial Litigation
Education
  • The University of South Carolina (B.A., Political Science, Honors College, Magna Cum Laude, 2004) 
  • The University of South Carolina (M.A., Public Administration, 4.0 GPA, 2007) 
  • The University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D., 2007)
Bar Admissions
  • 2007, South Carolina 
  • 2010, United States District Court, District of South Carolina 
  • 2010, United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Michelle Parsons Kelley is a Special Counsel attorney with Richardson Plowden, practicing in the Columbia office. She focuses her practice on general litigation and appellate practice. Her experience includes premises liability, federal 1983 actions, personal injury, products liability, transportation, dram shop, and government entity defense litigation. 

Ms. Kelley's experience includes:

  • Former Assistant Attorney General for the State of South Carolina, prosecuting insurance fraud, direct criminal appeals and post-conviction relief 
  • Presenting oral arguments to the South Carolina Supreme Court and South Carolina Court of Appeals 
  • Presenting more than 250 post-conviction relief hearings before South Carolina circuit courts 
  • Clerking for the South Carolina Court of Appeals, South Carolina Senate, and Office of the Governor

During law school, Kelley served as the Teaching Assistant for Judge C. Tolbert Goolsby, Jr.’s undergraduate course “Introduction to Legal Method.” Kelley also served as an associate editor and contributing author of the South Carolina Journal of International Law & Business. Additionally, she studied transnational dispute resolution at Gray’s Inn in London.

Pro Bono/Community Involvement

  • Special Prosecutor for the South Carolina Attorney General's Office, Criminal Domestic Violence Pro Bono Program (2008-present) 
  • State Workforce Investment Board (Board Member 2013-present, Works Management Committee, Co-Chair of the Financial Management Subcommittee) 
  • South Carolina Federal Credit Union (Voluntary Advisor to the Board 2010-present) 
  • South Carolina Commission on Women (Commissioner 2010-2013, Chair 2012-2013) 
  • Cinderella Project, Young Lawyers' Division of SC Bar (Statewide Chair 2012-2013; Midlands Chair 2010-2012) 
  • Capital City Rotary (2009 - 2014)
  • Junior League of Columbia (Public Affairs Team) (2009 - 2014)
  • American Mensa 
  • Women in Law
Other Professional
  • Committee Member, My Carolina Alumni Association University Awards Committee
  • Member, South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce Review Committee
  • Member, South Carolina Bar, Young Lawyers’ Division 
  • National Attorneys General Training & Research Institute, graduate 
  • National Litigation Academy, graduate 
  • National Advocacy Center Appellate Advocacy Course: five-day oral argument academy 
  • SC Bar Leadership Academy, Class of 2013
Awards, Honors, Accolades
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  • 2016, 20 Under 40 recognition by The State newspaper
  • 2015 Outstanding Young Alumni of the Year Award, University of South Carolina
  • 2016-2012 Rising Star, South Carolina Super Lawyers for General Litigation 
  • 2012-2013; 2011-2012 Young Lawyer's Division Star of the Quarter 
  • 2012-2013 "Face of Y'all" for the University of South Carolina 
  • Carolina Legal Scholar