Evan Kelly

Bellwoar Kelly, LLP
126 West Miner Street
West Chester, PA 19382
(610) 314-7066
www.chestercountycriminallawyer.com


Founding attorney, Evan J. Kelly, is a seasoned trial attorney who has accumulated a wealth of experience handling high profile cases such as First Degree Murder, Rape and Attempted Homicide. Mr. Kelly has represented elected officials, professional athletes and other well-known individuals for numerous crimes throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Kelly has been recognized for his professional accomplishments and has received the following awards and accolades:

Accolades
Named one of the top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys in the State of Pennsylvania by the American Jurist.
Named one of the top 10 Criminal Defense Lawyers in the Eastern portion of Pennsylvania by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019
Named one of the top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys in the State of Pennsylvania by the American Institute of Legal Counsel for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019
Named one of the top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys in the State of Pennsylvania by the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019
Invited to be a member of the prestigious American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys.
Invited to a member of the prestigious National College of DUI Defense.
Named a Top Attorneys of North America by Who's Who of North America 2015-2019
Named one of the top 100 trial lawyers for the state of Pennsylvania by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Named a Superlawyer for 2017, 2018, and 2019
Evan J. Kelly is a former Assistant District Attorney for the Chester County District Attorney's Office. As an Assistant District Attorney, Mr. Kelly prosecuted thousands of Misdemeanor and Felony cases. From 2005-2007, Mr. Kelly served as the Chief Counsel of Oversight and Investigations for the United States Senate Judiciary Committee led then by former Chairman United States Senator Arlen Specter. As Chief Counsel, Mr. Kelly was the highest ranking United States Senate staffer in the Republican Party with oversight responsibilities over the Department of Justice, FBI and the Secret Service. Mr. Kelly graduated from West Chester University in 1997 and Villanova Law School in 2000.

Areas of Practice
Criminal Defense
Personal Injury
Immigration Law
Divorce

Litigation Percentage
95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties
Death Penalty Qualified, Pennsylvania Bar

Bar Admissions
Pennsylvania, 2000
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2000
U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2000

Education
Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania
J.D. - 2000
West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania
B.A. summa cum laude - 1997

Honors and Awards
Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys in the State of Pennsylvania by the American Jurist
Top 100 lawyers in PA Criminal Defense ASLA
Client Satisfaction Award, American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, 2015 - 2019
Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2015 - Present
Top Lawyer, Main Line Magazine, 2015 - Present
Top 10 Attorney Award, American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, 2014 - Present
Client Satisfaction Award, American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, 2014 - Present
Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2014 - Present
Top 10 Ranking, National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2014 - 2019
Top Lawyer, Main Line Today Magazine, 2010 - Present
Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2007 - Present
Top 10 Criminal Defense Lawyers in the Eastern portion of Pennsylvania by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2014 - 2019
Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys in the State of Pennsylvania by the American Institute of Legal Counsel, 2014 - 2019
Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys in the State of Pennsylvania by the National Trial Lawyers Top 100, 2014 - 2019
Top Attorneys of North America by Who's Who of North America, 2015 - 2019
Top 100 trial lawyers for the state of Pennsylvania by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers
Super Lawyer, 2017 - 2019

Professional Associations and Memberships
American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys, Member
PA Bar Association
Chester County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions
United States Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Arlen Specter, Chief Counsel of Oversight and Investigations, Chairman, 2005 - 2007
Chester County District Attorney's Office, Assistant District Attorney, 2000 - 2002
Senator Arlen Specter's United States Senate Campaign in the State of Pennsylvania, Campaign Treasurer, 2010

Pro Bono Activities
Young Professionals of Chester County
Eastern Technology Counsel
West Chester University Alumni Finance Committee
National College of DUI Defense, Member

Languages
English
Spanish