Shaun A. Kelley is a former United States Marine Corps Sergeant and a two-tour Iraq War veteran. He served as a helicopter crew chief and machine-gunner during the initial invasion of Iraq and later during the 2004 battle of Fallujah known as Operation Phantom Fury. He has held management positions in the private sector, including as the assistant manager of a “big-box” retail store that generated over $150,000 per week in revenue. He was also a general contractor before becoming a lawyer. His vast array of knowledge from his varied background gives Shaun a unique perspective which he uses to assist his clients.
Shaun currently serves as assistant general counsel and as a prosecutor for both the Village of New Haven and Lenox Township. He has significant experience drafting ordinances, contracts, policies, and legal opinions. He has rendered advice at council and planning commission meetings for both Lenox and New Haven. He has argued cases before virtually every administrative tribunal involved in municipal affairs, including the Michigan Tax Tribunal, the Michigan Employment Relations Commission, and the Michigan Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules. In addition to his work in administrative tribunals, Shaun has argued cases in district court, circuit court, the Court of Claims, the Michigan Court of Appeals, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
Shaun also works in insurance defense, is knowledgeable in Michigan’s marijuana laws, and he litigates personal injury and civil rights cases. He practices transactional law, including commercial and residential real estate matters involving leases, land contracts, and purchase agreements; formation of business organizations, including nonprofits, limited liability companies, and for-profit corporations; and the application, sale, and transfer of liquor licenses.
Shaun graduated from Lakeview High School in Saint Clair Shores in 2000. After he was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 2005, he attended California State University, San Marcos, where he graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He graduated magna cum laude from Western Michigan University Thomas Cooley Law School in 2014. While a senior editor for the Law Review, Shaun was awarded the John D. Voelker Award, which is given to the editor making the most significant contributions to the law review. He has also been nationally recognized by Scribes, the American Society of Legal Writers, for his work. He interned at Sommers Schwartz, PC. Shaun is admitted to the State Bar of Michigan, the U.S. Eastern District of Michigan, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.