Des Moines Office

Phone: (515) 244-0111
Direct: (515) 697-4250
Fax: (515) 244-8935
Email: E. J. Kelly

Legal Administrative Assistant:
Kathy Flaherty
(515) 697-4356

E. J. Kelly

Areas of Practice:

General Practice including but not limited to:

  • Workers' Compensation
  • Litigation
  • Alternate Dispute Resolution

Bar Admissions:

  • Iowa, 1973
  • Nebraska, 1973
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, 1973
  • United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, 1973
  • United States Supreme Court, 1977

Education:

  • Creighton University Law School, Omaha, Nebraska 
    • Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1973
  • College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • Bachelor of Arts, Business, 1969

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    • Past President, Young Lawyers Division
    • Member, Workers' Compensation Section
  • Iowa Association of Workers Compensation Lawyers, Inc.
    • Past Executive Director and President
  • American Association of Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorneys
  • The College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers
    • Fellow, 2009
  • The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, Member
  • Lincoln's Inn of Court

Honors and Awards:

  • 2017 Selected to Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016 Selected to Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016 Preeminent A.V. Rating of 5.0 of 5.0, Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015 Selected to Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014 Selected to Best Lawyers in America

Published Works:

  • "Workers Compensation and the Periodic Payment Settlement Technique," Insurance Counsel Journal 569 (1981)
  • "Iowa Beef Processors, Inc. v. Miller-Extra-Territorial Employment Injuries and Subject Matter Jurisdiction Under §85.71 (1)," 32 Drake Law Review 145 (1982-1983)
  • "Structured Settlements in Worker's Compensation-Revisited," Insurance Counsel Journal (1984)
  • "Workers Compensation: A Practitioners Guide," Defense Research Institute, Employment Law Basics (1997)

Public Service:

  • Iowa Deputy Industrial Commissioner, 1979-1983
  • Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa 
    • Former Member of Board of Directors