Attorney Profile

James R. Kelley

James R. Kelley has been associated with Neal & Harwell since 1990. He handles legal matters on behalf of corporate and individual clients throughout the United States and is recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America® for his work in bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights law.

Mr. Kelley is a contributing editor to Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice and is the author of Corporations-Formation: The Law in Tennessee. He is a frequent speaker at bankruptcy and commercial law seminars throughout the United States.

Prior to joining Neal & Harwell, he was a partner at Dearborn & Ewing.

Mr. Kelley graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1970 with a major in mathematics and minors in computer science and philosophy. Prior to entering law school, he was a systems analyst for Standard Oil of Ohio. He received a J.D. with distinction in 1975 from Emory Law School, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. In addition, he received an L.L.M. in taxation in 1977 from Emory Law School.

Notable Clients

    American Hospitality Corporation
    Bank of America, N.A.
    FirstBank
    GenCap America, Inc.
    Guy Brown Management, LLC
    Regions Bank Corporate Trust
    Reliant Bank
    The Family Office, LLC
    Touchstone Medical Imaging, LLC
    Wells Fargo Bank

Contact Information

Areas of Expertise

Recognition

  • AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review, highest rating awarded
  • The Best Lawyers in America® since 1989; recognized for his work in bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights law
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers
  • Best of the Bar, Nashville Business Journal
  • Tennessee’s Best Lawyers, BusinessTN
  • International Who’s Who of Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers
  • Chambers USA
  • Top 50 Attorneys in Nashville, Nashville Lifestyles
  • In Charge Nashville, Nashville Post

Professional Associations

  • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy
  • Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute; Former Chair of Taxation Committee
  • Member, Mid-South Commercial Law Institute; Former Director and President
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member, Nashville Bar Association

Civic & Community Service

  • Oasis Center, Past President and Member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors
  • Nashville CARES, Past President and Member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors
  • Greenways for Nashville, Past President and Member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors
  • Richland West End Neighborhood Association, Past President
  • Reliant Bank, Member of the Board of Directors
  • Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Family and Children's Service, Member of the Board of Directors
  • American Friends of Chantilly, Member of the Board of Directors