Walter KelleySenior Partner

    Education:

    J.D., Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA. 1979

    B.A., History, University of Georgia, magna cum laude, Athens, Georgia 1975

     

    Experience:

    Senior Partner, Kelley, Lovett, & Blakey, P.C. 1980 to present

    Panel of Chapter 7 Trustees for the Middle District of Georgia 1986 to present

    Standing Chapter 12 Trustee for the Middle District of Georgia 1986 to present

    Standing Chapter 12 Trustee for the Northern District of Florida 1990 to 2016

     

    Professional Memberships and Admissions:

    Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating AV

    Dougherty Circuit Bar Association, Member (1979 to present)

    Dougherty Circuit Bar Association, (President 2001-2002) State Bar
    of Georgia 1979 to present, Member

    Superior Court of Dougherty County, Georgia 1979 Supreme

    Court of Georgia, 1979

    Court of Appeals of Georgia, 1979

    U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, 1979 5th

    Circuit Court of Appeals, 1980

    11th Circuit Court of Appeals 1981

    United States Supreme Court 1985

    Deputy Assistant Attorney General (State of Georgia)

    U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia November, 2007

    Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism 1996 – 2000

    State Bar of Georgia Formal Advisory Opinion Board 2004 – 2005

    Association of Chapter 12 Trustees, Founding Member and Director, 1990 to present

    Association of Chapter 12 Trustees, President, (1995-1996)

    Middle District of Georgia Bankruptcy Institute, Founding Member and Director South Georgia Bankruptcy Institute, Founding Member and Director American Bankruptcy Institute, Member

    National Association of Chapter 7 Trustees (NABT), Member, 1990 – present

    Georgia Legal Services Program Pro Bono Project

    Certificate of Appreciation 2006

    Certificate of Appreciation 2007

    Certificate of Appreciation 2008

    Fellow, Lawyer’s Foundation of Georgia

    Rated one of Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers in the Bankruptcy Practice in the 2012 Edition.

     

    Seminars, Lectures, and Public Speaking:

    Speaker, 2nd Judicial Council of Magistrate Court Judges Quarterly Meeting, 2003

    Presenter, Annual Middle District of Georgia Bankruptcy Law Institute, 2001 to present

    Panelist and Faculty Member, Farm, Ranch & Agribusiness Bankruptcy Institute, 2003-2006 Texas Tech Law School, Lubbock, Texas

    Presenter, South Georgia Bankruptcy Law Institute, 2000

    Guest, WALB-TV (NBC) Town & Country Show, Albany, Ga. October 2005

    Guest, WALB-TV (NBC) Town & Country Show, Albany, Ga. November 2005

    Presenter, The People’s Law School, Valdosta, GA, May 2005

    Presenter, State Bar of Georgia, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, Bankruptcy Law Section, Consumer and Business Bankruptcy, Atlanta, GA. November, 2006

    Presenter, State Bar of Georgia, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, Agriculture Law Section, Recent Developments in Agricultural Law, Mercer University School of Law, Macon, Georgia, September 21, 2007.

    Presenter/Recorder: Region 21 Trustee Training Seminar, September 28th, 2007, Atlanta, Georgia. Group 2 at Plenary Session on September 29th, 2007.

    Presenter, Northern District of Florida Bankruptcy Bar Association Annual Seminar and Meeting, “Update on Chapter 12”, San Destin, Florida October 5, 2007

    Interview: WALB-TV (NBC) nightly news regarding foreclosure crisis in South Georgia. April 29, 2008

    Presenter: Council of Magistrate Court Judges, “Bankruptcy Law Update For Judges”, The Retreat, Cordele, Ga. , June 23, 2008.

    Interview: WALB-TV (NBC) 6:00 o’clock news feature regarding continued foreclosure of personal and commercial properties in South Georgia. June 22, 2009

    Presenter, Albany Board of Realtors, “Bankruptcy 101 for Realtors: The Foreclosure Crisis”, Albany, Georgia August 27, 2009.

    Interview: WALB-TV (NBC) News program regarding continued foreclosure crisis. Nov. 17,2010.

    Speech, Dougherty Rotary Club, “Bankruptcy Update”, November 23, 2010.

    Interview: WALB-TV (NBC) News program on increased use of credit cards in 2011 especially during holiday season. December 22, 2011.

    TESTIMONY:

    Bankruptcy Review Commission Washington, D. C. and Seattle, Washington Important Cases U.S. Supreme Court: Ricky Bracewell.

     

    Civic Involvement:

    Albany Symphony Board, 2011 to present.

    Leadership Albany (Founding class)

    Board of Trustees, Dougherty County Library 2005 – , Treasurer 2005 – present.

    Board of Trustees, Deerfield-Windsor School 1996 – 2001, Chairman 1999-2001 Board Member:

    YMCA

    Board Member, Dougherty Rotary Club (2007-2008)

    Rotary Foundation of Rotary International – Paul Harris Fellow (2) , Will Watt Fellow Rotary International Member- ? to present.

    Volunteer, American Red Cross (Flood of 1994) St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

    Education For Ministry (EFM) Course through University of the South, Sewanee, TN. 2008 – 2011. National Endowment For the Arts, Certificate of Achievement in Honor of Outstanding Contribution to Education (March 2010).

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