Scott W. Kelly


Scott Kelly

Scott has been advising clients and helping them resolve disputes for more than 30 years.  Having served as lead counsel in thousands of cases, he recognizes the difference between conflicts that should be resolved early and amicably from those that merit going to trial.  His litigation experience includes a wide array of practice areas, but he focuses on civil rights, local government, construction, and commercial disputes.  He is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Georgia.

One of the great joys of the law is how it can open doors to new areas of expertise.  Following his representation of county officials in civil rights and personal injury lawsuits, he was asked to serve as county attorney for Warren County and as general counsel for the County’s Development Authority.  He still serves in these capacities which have allowed Scott to broaden his legal skills to include condemnations, complex contracts, election law, intergovernmental agreements, land use and zoning, and Georgia’s Open Records Act.

Raised in Marietta, Scott earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Georgia.  He earned an academic scholarship to law school where he was active on Moot Court and was a co-founder and the first President of UGA’s Chapter of the Federalist Society.  He accepted a position with Fulcher Hagler while still in law school and has been with the firm since graduating in 1993.

Scott and his wife, Tammy, live in Evans and have seven children.  Scott is a member of Warren Baptist Church and has been privileged to serve as a church officer and deacon, among other roles.  An avid wingshooter and inshore fisherman, he relishes the special moments he spends with family and friends in the field and on the water.


  • University of Georgia School of Law
    Athens, Georgia
    J.D. – 1993
  • University of Georgia
    Athens, Georgia
    B.B.A. – 1990
    • cum laude

Professional Associations

  • Augusta Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute (Governmental Liability Steering Committee, 2011-present)
  • Federalist Society (Augusta Chapter, Advisory Board)

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia


  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV-Preeminent” rating
  • Best Lawyers (Municipal Litigation; Civil Rights Law; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants)
  • Legal Elite, Georgia Trend Magazine, 2013

Representative Cases

  • Stefani v. City of Grovetown, 780 Fed. Appx. 842 (2019)
  • Bi-Lo, LLC v. Green, 346 Ga. App. 770 (2018)
  • West v. City of Albany, 300 Ga. 743 (2017) (amicus curiae)
  • Treat v. Lowe, 668 Fed. Appx. 870 (2016)
  • City of Statesboro v. Dickens, 293 Ga. 540 (2013)
  • Caslin v. Bi-Lo, LLC, 2008 WL 4830008 (S.D. Ga. 2008)
  • Peery v. C S B Behavioral Health Systems, 2008 WL 4935598 (S.D. Ga. 2008)
  • Rodas v. Bi-Lo, Inc., 2008 WL 2415269 (S.D. Ga. 2008)
  • Murray v. Ga. Dept. of Transportation, 284 Ga. App. 263, 644 S.E. 2d 290 (2007)
  • USA Mfg. Corp. v. Perfection-Schwank, Inc., 271 Ga. App. 636, 610 S.E. 2d 600 (2005)
  • Stout v. Cincinnati Insurance Co., 269 Ga. 611, 502 S.E.2d 226 (1998)
  • Irons v. CSX Transportation, Inc., 224 Ga. App. 586, 481 S.E. 2d 575 (1997)
  • Budget Rent-A-Car of Atlanta, Inc. v. Webb, 220 Ga. App. 278, 469 S.E. 2d 712 (1996)

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