Homegrown lawyer Meghan M. Kelly recently accepted a position in Ocean View, close to her home town of Dagsboro. Kelly will be assisting Steven P. Norman at the Norman Law Firm, formally known as Sussex Title and Escrow, located near Blockbuster and Papa John’s.
Kelly is an Indian River High School grad and a graduate of the University of Delaware. Her juris doctorate is from Duquesne School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pa., and she said this week that she is excited to have found a position near her home town.
“I did get a small scholarship from Widener,” explained Kelly, who attended Lord Baltimore Elementary and Selbyville Middle schools before IRHS and UD, “but I wanted to get out of the state for a little while before settling down.”
After finishing law school and passing the Pennsylvania and Delaware bar exams, Kelly gained expertise working for several firms in the Wilmington area before finding the Norman Law Firm downstate. She has experience representing clients in hearings and mediations, as well as in corporate law, bankruptcy, insurance defense litigation, wills and estates and general litigation. But she has a passion for bankruptcy law so she can help people that really need it, she explained.
She said having a grandfather who was a public defender in Pittsburgh and an uncle who was an attorney, also in Pittsburgh – where several members of her extended family are from – helped her to form the notion of one day studying law.
“They were good role models,” she said. “I always thought getting a law degree would empower me to do good and to help people.”
She is admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania in the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, in the District of Columbia in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and in Delaware in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware and the Bankruptcy Court in the State of Delaware. She is a member of the Delaware Bar Association and Phi Alpha Theta.
She is the daughter of Mary and Pat Kelly, who now live in Florida. Pat Kelly was a long-time teacher and basketball coach at Indian River High School before he took a position at Sussex Tech and, finally, made the move to Florida with his wife, who is a pharmacist.
Meghan Kelly’s brother and sister, also Indian River High School grads, have both moved westward – to California and Hawaii, respectively – but Meghan says the East Coast is her home. She said it is a dream come true to have found a position in her own community.
“This is my home,” she explained. “And I get to serve the people that I love. My family has all moved away, so I consider the community my family. It’s a dream to serve the people that I care about in my own community.”
Kelly will be available at the Normal Law Firm after July 1. The firm is located at 29 Atlantic Avenue, Suite E, in Ocean View, and also has a Rockville, Md., location. For more information, call (302) 537-3788 or visit www.thenormanlawfirm.com.