- Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 2011
- Managing Editor, Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law, 2010-2011
- Wake Forest University, B.A., 2006
- North Carolina State Bar
- U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina
- The Supreme Court of the United States
- Successfully represented a number of applicants in certificate of need disputes before the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (“NC DHHS”) and the Office of Administrative Hearings.
- Represented the Secretary of the NC DHHS in a nine-week federal bench trial regarding Americans with Disabilities Act claims involving the reduction of state-funded services available to defendants. Secured favorable judgment on all claims at trial.
- Successfully defended the North Carolina legislative leadership in several constitutional disputes before the North Carolina Supreme Court. These matters included constitutional issues ranging from school vouchers to separation of powers disputes with the Governor.
- Represented physician practice in dispute with hospital system involving anti-competitive restrictive covenants and misappropriation of trade secrets.
- Conducted internal investigation of a hospital-run daycare facility following suspension of license by NC DHHS, the results of which ultimately resulted in reversal of the adverse regulatory action.
- Represented commercial real estate clients, including solar farm developers, in land use and rezoning regulation matters. Appeared before local zoning boards and city councils seeking or opposing rezoning, special or conditional use permits, and variances.
- Law Week Committee, Young Lawyer’s Division, N.C. Bar Association, 2012-2014
- Member of the Rose Council, Wake Forest University School of Law, 2017-Present
- Member of the Alumni Advisory Board, Risk Management, Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, 2011-Present
- Selected to participate in the N.C. Bar Association’s Leadership Academy for 2016
Thomas Kelly was born in the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, and grew up outside of Dallas, Texas. Mr. Kelly moved to North Carolina to attend Wake Forest University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2006. He later received his law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2011, at which time he served as Managing Editor of the Wake Forest University Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law. Mr. Kelly was formerly an associate with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, where he focused on complex civil and healthcare litigation (2014-2020). He also served as Assistant Attorney General in the North Carolina Department of Justice (2011-2014).