ATTORNEY AT LAW
Kelley represents sureties, insurers, business entities and individuals. She serves as general counsel for two Georgia corporations. Kelley has been recognized by Super Lawyers magazine in the area of surety law.
Kelley graduated with highest honors from Georgia Tech in 1994, earning a degree in Industrial Engineering. While studying at Georgia Tech, she was selected as one of only two undergraduates to work as an electromagnetism physics instructor due to her outstanding performance in physics. Kelley was also actively involved in campus life, serving in serveral offices for Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, including treasurer. She also served as a Solid Gold football recruiting hostess for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets after being chosen for the role.
Kelley then went on to law school at the University of Georgia, where she graduated in 1997. While in law school, Kelley was an articles editor for the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law.
After law school, Kelley was an associate with a well respected, large Atlanta law firm, where her focuses were insurance defense, including property damage and personal injury defense, and insurance coverage. During that time, Kelley routinely defended insurers and insureds in bench trials and motions hearings, with most resulting in zero verdicts for her clients.
In 2007, Kelley began working with Thompson & Slagle, LLC, a successful and nationally active, boutique surety law firm, where Kelley continued to work until 2022. While there, Kelley enjoyed representing sureties and insurers, while also representing plaintiffs in medical malpractice and personal injury claims. Kelley routinely represented sureties in claims under indemnity agreements and in the defense of performance bond claims and payment bond claims, as well as probate bond claims and fidelity bond claims. Kelley also defended insurers in personal injury claims, and in select cases, Kelley assisted plaintiffs in medical malpractice and personal injury claims.
In 2022, after the senior partner of the firm retired, Kelley and John Alexander, also a long time attorney with Thompson & Slagle, LLC, formed Herrin & Alexander, LLC. Kelley’s practice continues to involve assisting sureties with their many complex issues, representing insurers in the defense of automobile accident claims, and the representation of plaintiffs in personal injury and medical malpractice claims. Kelley also represents businesses in general civil matters and homeowners in construction disputes.
Kelley is a member of the construction section of the Fidelity and Surety Law Committee, Women in Surety, and the Atlanta Surety Claims Association.