Michelle Kelley

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Office: 1900 Barnwell Street 

Columbia, SC 29201

Mailing Address: P.O. Drawer 7788 

Columbia, SC 29202

Contact Michelle’s Legal Assistant 

Sondra Lee



Practice Areas

  • Appeals 
  • Commercial Litigation


  • 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.


Community Involvement

  • South Carolina Federal Credit Union: Supervisory Committee Chairman
  • State Workforce Development Board: Governor Appointed Board Member: 2013-2019
  • South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce Review Committee: Governor Appointed Committee Member: 2016-2018
  • University of South Carolina My Carolina University Awards Committee Member
  • South Carolina Commission on Women: Governor Appointed Commissioner 2010-13; Chair 2012-13
  • South Carolina Bar Cinderella Project: 2008-14; Midlands Chair 2010-12; State Chair 2012-14
  • American Mensa
  • Columbia Capital Rotary Club 2009-2015
  • The Junior League of Columbia: Public Affairs Team 2010-2015

Other Professional

  • Member, South Carolina Bar, Young Lawyers’ Division 
  • National Attorneys General Training & Research Institute, graduate  
  • National Advocacy Center Appellate Advocacy Course: five-day oral argument academy 
  • SC Bar Leadership Academy, Class of 2013

Awards, Honors, Accolades

  • University of South Carolina My Alumni’s Outstanding Young Alumni of the Year 2015
  • The State Newspaper’s 20 Under 40 “Young Professionals Helping to Build the Midlands” 2016
  • Columbia Business Monthly’s Best & Brightest Under 35 2016
  • 2012- 2013 University of South Carolina Face of “Y’ALL” (Young Alumni Leaving a Legacy (Elected by fellow alumni for a one-year term)
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star Recipient 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Midland Legal Elite 2015    
  • South Carolina Bar Young Lawyer’s Division Star of the Quarter 2012-2013 & 2011-2012 (In recognition for work with the Cinderella Project)