University of Notre Dame Law School
Juris Doctor, 1990
University of Notre Dame
B.B.A., 1987
National Institute of Trial Advocacy
Boulder Colorado, 1994
Cathedral Preparatory School
Erie, Pennsylvania, 1983

Peer/Cient Rating: 1

  • AV Preeminent Peer Rating 4.7/5.0
  • Client Rating 5.0/5.0

Professional Experience:

2001 to present WILLIAM J. KELLY, JR., ESQUIRE
Erie, Pennsylvania
Owner. Engaged in all phases of legal representation for a large client base with emphasis in personal injury, insurance defense, premises liability, professional negligence, auto liability, construction disputes and family law.
Erie, Pennsylvania
Partner. Engaged in all phases of legal representation for a large client base with emphasis in personal injury, products liability, premises liability, professional negligence, auto liability, labor and family law.
1990 to 1994 VINSON & ELKINS L.L.P. (
Houston, Texas
Associate. Practice Area: Civil litigation, primarily personal injury defense, products liability, professional negligence and workers compensation.

Professional Associations:

  • Admitted to practice before Pennsylvania Supreme Court, all Pennsylvania State Courts, United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Formerly admitted to practice before Texas Supreme Court, all Texas State Courts and United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Former Member, Texas Bar Association
  • Erie County Bar Association
  • Lake Erie Claims Association
  • Insurance Club of Erie

Community Involvement:

  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Erie County Bar Association
  • Arbitrator, Court of Common Pleas of Erie County, Pennsylvania
  • Past President, Erie Youth Hockey Association
  • Past Vice President, Cathedral Prep Alumni Board of Directors
  • Past Vice President and Charter Member, Saint Thomas More Society
  • Past Trustee, Cathedral Prep Academic Excellence Foundation
  • Lector, St. Peter Cathedral
  • Member of Serra International
  • Past Director, Lake Shore Country Club
  • Past Coach, Erie Youth Soccer Association
  • Past Member, Erie Mens' Hockey League


  • Date of Birth: October 8, 1964
  • Place of Birth: Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Martial Status: Married to Barbara Cagle Kelly, four children (Jack, Joe, Patrick and Mary Grace)

Articles, Publications and Lectures:

  • "Legal Perspective: Frequently Asked Questions by Personal Injury Claimants", Published by General Electric Credit Union Quarterly Newsletter.
  • "The Basic Insurance Policies, Part III: Errors and Omissions Policies", prepared for Texas Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Advanced Civil Trial Seminar.
  • "Medical Malpractice Issues for the Young Physician: A General Overview", prepared for and presented to second year students at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • "Erie County Bar Association Stepping Out Program" - Guest speaker in a program designed to apprise graduating high school seniors of basic legal issues and theories.
  • "Erie County Bar Association Judges and Lawyers Back to School Program"
  • "Twelve on the Law" - Guest speaker on a "Live at Five" NBC News Program on a bi-weekly basis addressing various current issues in the law. Topics included: host liability; contracts; tenant's rights; home improvement contracts, credit reporting problems; auto repossession; fair debt collection practices; driving under the influence in Pennsylvania; why and when an individual needs an attorney; sovereign immunity; Pennsylvania Lemon Law; tort reform; statute of limitations; civil v. criminal distinctions in wake of Simpson case; personal injury settlements; pet owner liability; limited v. full tort auto insurance issues; divorce and equitable distribution; malpractice claims; and comparative negligence.
  • "Why Did They Ask That Question? - A Survey of Permissible and Impermissible Questions
  • To Prospective Employees" - Delivered to the Human Resources Management Association of Northwest Pennsylvania.
  • "Pivotal Trial Issues – Deadman's Act and Ex-Parte Contact With Opponent's Employees"
  • Erie County Bar Association CLE Program.