Education

Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., 2013

University of Northern Iowa, B.A., 2006

Joe Kelly combines legal training with knowledge of full stack development to build applications that  promote workflow optimization and intelligent delivery of legal work product and services. He works daily with the Practice Innovations team as a programmer and software architect.

Early in his career as a software engineer, he helped launch new platforms for news delivery at the Chicago Tribune. He then earned his J.D. at the Michigan State University College of Law, where he concentrated on the intersection of law and technology while also working as a research assistant for Professor Daniel Martin Katz. Following law school, at Novus Law he developed and deployed sophisticated systems, including case binder solutions for counsel. At Seyfarth Shaw, he designed and helped develop customizable applications for lawyers and support staff.

Joe has also trained and performed as an actor and stuntman, acquiring skills that he still employs in his daily work. Acting roles encouraged empathy and a better understanding of various perspectives. Stuntman training showed Joe that risk taking can be adventurous, scary, and enjoyable, while it also fosters skills on assessing risk and determining action.