Jesse L. Kelly

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Jesse L. Kelly is an Associate at Southworth PC. His work focuses on representing former and current federal employees before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Merit Systems Protection Board, and Office of Federal Operations. He prosecutes discrimination, harassment, retaliation and whistleblowing cases. He also defends federal careers.

He takes great pride in representing clients that have experienced an adverse employment action at the hands of their employers. He vividly remembers a time when his own mother was the victim of an unjust employment action. That passion for justice fueled Mr. Kelly’s journey to pursue a legal career where he could zealously advocate for those that have faced the same indignities his mother once faced.

Mr. Kelly is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law. Upon graduating Mr. Kelly received his school’s highest Pro Bono distinction for completing over 100 hours of first-hand legal work for indigent clients. In law school Mr. Kelly also served as Managing Editor of the Southern Journal of Policy and Justice Vol. IX for the Southern Region of the Black Law Students Association. Later, he served a judicial law clerk with the Honorable Judge Constance Russell for the Fulton County Superior Court where he received extensive training in legal research and writing in various areas of the law.

Before joining Southworth PC., Mr. Kelly spent two years representing Fortune 500 corporations in the discovery process. While in this role, Mr. Kelly developed an appreciation for detail by extensively and meticulously reviewing complex documents for pending litigation. Mr. Kelly also brings experience from the Fulton County Solicitor General’s office where he sharpened his legal acumen by making preliminary judgments on which cases were worth prosecuting.

Mr. Kelly is a graduate of the University of South Alabama where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in Spanish. When he is not actively pursuing justice, Mr. Kelly enjoys spending quality time with loved ones, attending sporting events/concerts, and keeping his mind sharp with a good book.

Mr. Kelly is committed to social justice and his clients.


  • University of Mississippi School of Law, University, Mississippi
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Highest Pro Bono Distinction
  • University of South Alabama
    • B.A.
    • Major: Political Science
    • Minor: Spanish
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Practice Areas:

  • Federal Sector Litigation
  • Federal Careers Defense
  • Equal Opportunity Employment
  • Reasonable Accommodation Law
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Whistleblowing
  • Federal Workers Compensation
  • Disability Retirement

Current Employment Position

  • Associate

Past Positions

  • Honorable Judge Constance Russell for the Fulton County Superior Court , Judicial Law Clerk