The attorney who wrote the book on soft tissue injuries, Soft Tissue Injuries and Hard Ball Tactics (available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble) – – William “B.J.” Kelley grew up in southeastern Indiana in the same area where his extended family has been living for more than 100 years. He graduated from Emory University in 1981 and Georgetown University Law School with honors (cum laude) in 1985. During law school, B.J. was accepted into the American Criminal Law Review and was also a member of D.C. Law Students in Court where he helped local citizens and tried his first cases while still in law school.
Serving People Across the United States
After graduating from law school, B.J. was admitted into the Attorney General’s Honors Program which, according to the Department of Justice, is “the most prestigious federal entry-level attorney hiring program of its kind.” During his time as a Trial Lawyer with the Justice Department, B.J. handled cases and trials in federal courts across the United States.
A Devotion to Injured People: Over 5,000 Personal Injury Cases
In 1992, after spending ten years in Washington, DC, B.J. and his wife Lisa (a pediatrician) moved back to the Hoosier state to raise their two children. For over 20 years, B.J. has devoted his legal career to representing injured people. During that time, he estimates that he has personally negotiated and resolved well-over 5,000 personal injury cases. He has also participated in jury trials in various Indiana and Ohio courts and has spoken at legal/medical seminars in Indiana, Kentucky, Georgia and Texas.
Craig, Kelley & Faultless LLC:
B.J. manages the Batesville office for Craig, Kelley & Faultless LLC. B.J. has a special interest and knowledge in the medical side of our clients’ cases and has worked with numerous doctors and medical specialists over the years to ensure that we can provide insurance companies and juries with the best information possible regarding our clients’ injuries and treatment.
B.J. was named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in Indiana by the National Trial Lawyers (2012-2018), a Motor Vehicle Top 25 Attorney by National Trial Lawyers (2018), a Top Ten Personal Injury Attorney by Attorney and Practice Magazine (2018) given the Nationally Ranked Top 10 Attorney Award by National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys (2014-2018) and named a 10 Best Attorney by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys (2016-17). He is admitted to practice in Indiana and Ohio.
U.S. Supreme Court, 2000
Indiana Supreme Court, 1993
U.S. District Court (Southern District of Indiana), 1993
U.S. Department of Justice, Trial Attorney, Attorney General’s Honors Program, 1985 – 1988
J.D., cum laude, Georgetown University, 1985
American Criminal Law Review
D.C. Law Students in Court
B.A., Emory University, 1981
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association Lifetime Achievement Seminar, speaker
American Academy of Facial Pain, Dallas, Texas, speaker
Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Auto Accident Litigation Seminar, speaker
Atlanta Masters Seminar: Treating Doctor Depositions
Indiana Trial Lawyers: The Reptile Brain and Indiana Law
Ohio Trial Lawyers Winter Convention: Improving Medical Video Depositions in Personal Injury Cases
Kentucky Trial Lawyers: Direct and Cross-Examination