Legal Elite – Litigation 2011
JAMES H. KELLY JR. Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Winston-Salem
I’d practice in a similar environment, such as in most parts of Georgia and southern Virginia. I enjoy the customs, culture, food, atmosphere and mannerisms found in the South. All play a part in litigation. But if I had to live somewhere else without regard to the practice of law, I would like to try living in Tuscany, Italy, or the Amalfi Coast of Italy. Tuscany is attractive because of its history, examples of architecture, food, sunshine and the fun of exploring places like Florence and the other old city-states. The Amalfi Coast is attractive because of its access to water and the gorgeous views.
Vita: Born Dec. 26, 1942, in Florence, S.C.; bachelor’s from Davidson College and law degree from Duke University; wife, two children and two grandchildren. Why he chose this field: After my second year in law school and during the three months between the bar exam and active duty in the Army, I worked with Petree Stockton & Robinson in Winston-Salem. After three years in the service, I was fortunate enough to be able to return to the firm, which had a heavy litigation practice. What he’d be if not a lawyer: A professor teaching European and American literature or a worker in one of the traditional western North Carolina industries such as furniture or textiles. Passions: Reading, water sports, North Carolina and travel. Don’t ask him to: Defend the actions of Wall Street, change more diapers or eat raw seafood.
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