William M. Kelly


William M. Kelly is committed to understanding the industry in which each client operates.  As a member of the Insurance, Bankruptcy, and Criminal Defense practices, he assists clients in general liability and corporate matters including reorganization and liquidation proceedings.  His practice involves representing debtors, creditors, distressed asset acquirers, and other parties in interest in a variety of restructuring matters, including bankruptcy proceedings and out of court restructurings across various industries.

Prior to joining Chaffe McCall, William worked as a summer clerk in the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal for the Honorable Fredericka Homberg Wicker.   

William received his law degree from Loyola University of New Orleans College of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude and served as an Editor for the Loyola Law Review.  During that time he was Vice President of the Federalist Society and worked in the Prosecution Clinic for the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office. He also worked as a Research Assistant to Professor David Gruning, contributing to several scholarly works including the Louisiana Civil Law Treatise on Sales. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2013.


“Civil Extortion: A New Formula for Nonviolent Duress”, Author, Loyola Law Review online, Spring 2020.


  • Athletic Scholarship Recipient
  • 2020 Professor William L. Crowe, Sr., Scholar