By the numbers: Over 20 years, I estimate that I have personally negotiated and resolved more than 5,000 personal injury cases.
Why it’s called a job: Every time I go up against a big insurance company, it’s a challenge. It’s always a David-and-Goliath contest, but someone has to do it. Otherwise, there’s no check and balance in the system. Also, when you win a jury trial and prove that your client is a deserving person, it’s one of the best feelings in the world.
Degrees: Emory University, 1981; and Georgetown University Law School with honors (cum laude), 1985.
Accolades: Top 100 Trial Lawyer, according to the National Trial Lawyers; and a Top 100 Litigator, says the American Society of Legal Advocates.
Early career: I was admitted into the Attorney General’s Honors Program, which, according to the Department of Justice, is “the most prestigious federal entry-level attorney hiring program of its kind.” I handled cases and trials in federal courts all across the United States.
Coming home: In 1992, after spending 10 years in Washington, D.C., I and my wife, Lisa, a pediatrician, moved back to my hometown to raise our children.
Proudest achievement: Having two really wonderful kids, Connor, who attends Princeton University; and Emily, who attends Indiana University.
Other Batesville family ties: Parents Bill and Kim Kelley, sister Betsy Ertel and brother-in-law Tom Ertel.
Best pastimes: Playing the guitar, reading biographies and history, biking, hunting and fishing.
Anticipating: Our son’s final year of college football. They won the Ivy League last year and if they could do it again, it would be historic for Princeton.