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Thomas A. Kelly

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After receiving his Bachelor of the Arts Degree from John Carroll University in 1970, he attended the Cleveland Marshall College of Law, part-time, worked full time and graduated in 1974 with his Juris Doctor. That same year, he was admitted to the Ohio Bar. Subsequently, he was admitted to the Federal District Court, Northeastern District of Ohio.

A tough but personable defense attorney, Mr. Kelly has nearly 40 years of experience in the areas of Municipal, Domestic Relations, Family Law, Drunk Driving (OVI/DUI) and Criminal Law. As a young lawyer he practiced law with the late Parma Heights Mayor Paul W. Cassidy then later alongside contemporaries (Foth, Kelly and Urban 1979-2004), and now with his son, Thomas J. Kelly.

In his three decades of public service, Thomas A. Kelly has worked as both Prosecutor and Public Defender for the City of North Royalton and as a Magistrate in the Parma Municipal Court.

In addition to his efforts at Kelly and Kelly, he is currently the Law Director for the City of North Royalton in the administration of Mayor Robert Stefanik.

  • 1970 AB John Carroll University
  • 1974 JD Cleveland Marshall Law
  • 1974 admitted to Ohio Bar
  • Admitted to Federal District Court, Northeastern District of Ohio
  • Former Municipal Prosecutor & Public Defender
  • Former Magistrate, Parma Municipal Court
  • Law Director, City of North Royalton

Thomas J. Kelly

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After receiving his Bachelor of Business Administration (cum laude) from the University of Dayton in 1999, TJK completed the 4-year joint degree Juris Doctor/Masters of Business Administration program at Cleveland State University in 3 years. In 2002, Mr. Kelly was admitted to the Ohio Bar and the Federal District Court, Northeastern District of Ohio.

In late 2002, Mr. Kelly became an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the office of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor William D. Mason. He served in the Juvenile Justice Unit and General Felony Unit. In the GFU, Mr. Kelly prosecuted over 20 jury trials for crimes of burglary, theft, drug offenses and felonious assault. He worked with former State Representative Mark Schneider and Major Trial Prosecutor Blaise Thomas in securing convictions against two murderers. Mr. Kelly aided in the prosecution of ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) cases alongside current Judge Brendan Sheehan.

In April 2006, the opportunity arose for TJK to join his father in the practice of law. He left the Prosecutor’s Office to form Kelly and Kelly LLC. Mr. Kelly is dedicated to helping you in the fields of family law and drunk driving (DUI/OVI) law. Mr. Kelly also served as Public Defender for the City of North Royalton for a year. Like his father, he is committed to the public good and engages in free (or pro bono) work when he is able and the case is appropriate.

Currently, TJK is also employed by the city of Parma Heights as its municipal prosecutor in the administration of Mayor Michael Byrne.

  • 1999 AB University of Dayton
  • 2002 MBA, Cleveland State University
  • 2002 JD Cleveland Marshall Law
  • 2002 admitted to Ohio Bar
  • Admitted to Federal District Court, Northeastern District of Ohio
  • Former Assistant County Prosecutor
  • Former Municipal Public Defender
  • Municipal Prosecutor, City of Parma Heights