We are thrilled to be connecting with Cheryl Kelly again. Cheryl is an Attorney & Law Firm Owner and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Cheryl below.
Hi Cheryl, so great to have you join us again. For folks who might have missed our earlier conversations, can you please take a minute to briefly introduce yourself?
I’m Cheryl Kelly, attorney, and law firm owner. I own C. Kelly Law, LLC. which is located in Atlanta, Georgia. We protect the rights of injured Georgians against greedy insurance companies and big businesses. When I’m not fighting for my clients, I am spending time with my husband, bonus son, extended family, and friends. I was raised in Virginia, but I have made Georgia my home for the past 11 years.
What do you love about practicing law?
I love that practicing law gives me the opportunity to keep learning for the rest of my life. I’ve been in the legal field since 2004 when I began as a legal assistant. Since then I have helped handle all types of cases and I learned something new each time. At C. Kelly Law, LLC., we handle a variety of different types of injury cases like car accidents, truck accidents, sexual assaults, slip and fall, and other premises liability cases. Each type requires a different strategy and approach. I am constantly researching and learning new topics to ensure we are handling each case as effectively as possible. I also love helping people resolve their problems. Being able to combine my naturally inquisitive nature with my desire to have a positive impact on peoples’ lives, is the perfect balance for me.
Do you have any advice for aspiring law firm owners?
First: Learn from other lawyers. Find a mentor (or 10) and don’t just ask for advice on things you should do, but also on mistakes and missteps they have made. It’s best to learn from others’ mistakes rather than wasting your own time and money. Find mentors that you trust and who allow you to be yourself when you approach them with your issues.
Second: Determine whether you are truly interested in being a business owner and ready to devote a large portion of your time to business management and development — not to practicing law. Once you become a law firm owner, your focus will have to shift to managing your business. Until you are in the position to hire an entire team, you will be handling accounting functions, management functions, and any others that are necessary to operate your firm. The extra time that you would be perfecting your trial strategy, may now be devoted to developing marketing campaigns (even when you have a team).
Third: Learn business management! Take note of practices you like and those that you don’t from your current and previous employers. Speak to an account before you open your business so you can start off in the right direction. Just like in trial and mediation, preparation is KEY to moving forward confidently.
What are your future plans for the firm?
I am so proud to say that we have shifted our focus from family law to exclusively personal injury. We guide injured people through the insurance claims process when they need it most. We handle car and truck accidents as well as other types of injury claims. During the pandemic, we did some soul-searching and determined that family law was no longer a cultural fit for the office. We found fulfillment in assisting our injured clients and found that we wanted to devote all of our time and resources to get the best outcome for our clients. Shifting our focus has allowed us to go above and beyond for our clients, and has led us to winning 6 figures per month for our clients.
We plan to hire several additional team members within the next twelve months due to the large number of cases we are receiving.
Thank you so much again for sharing all of this with us. Before we go, can you share with our readers how they can connect with you, learn more or show support?
I welcome interaction from the community! Please feel free to reach out to us via social media. We are very active on Instagram: @ckellylawfirm. Our website is WIN4GA.com. Visitors can send messages to me and our staff by selecting “Contact”. We can also be found on Facebook.com at Facebook.com/ckellylaw.
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