Kelly Michael Hundley
“...it was a general kind of practice. You welcomed everyone, you listened and you helped, and you did it without requiring them to mortgage the farm to pay you. So, very early on I worked on all kinds of matters and, for the sake of the client’s pocketbook and sanity, I learned to identify the key issues quickly so we could decide what was the best thing to do.”
Over time his practice gravitated toward providing more advice and representation across the spectrum of labor and employment issues to private and public employers as well as executives and government officials. After moving to Georgia in 1993, Kelly limited his practice to representing public and private employers and their officials in all types of labor and employment lawsuits and disputes. He traveled extensively, appearing in state and federal courts across the state and the country and appearing before a host of administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The yearn for a smaller setting and to help smaller businesses in a climate of high-dollar legal rates led Kelly to join forces with a colleague in 2007 to form Henderson & Hundley, P.C. There, as he says, “I began to return to my general practice roots.” Though still emphasizing labor and employment advice and representation, he began taking on more traditional commercial litigation and disputes. “I missed it,” he says. “And, until forming H&H, I really couldn’t help the smaller business that needed the help as much, if not more, than the larger business.”
The transformation is complete
“I’ve returned to my roots, kind of. I am not going to do everything I did when I started long ago. After 25 years I know what I like and prefer to handle, and I know what I am best at handling. Labor and employment advice and help, including covenants not to compete and the host of issues involved there. Basic commercial litigation for businesses. And helping that new business get off the ground. I can handle a host of other matters. However, if I don’t think I am the best person to help I know lots of other lawyers who can help, and I don’t mind recommending someone else.”
Outside the office
Outside the office, Kelly enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with his wife, Pam, and friends … and his dogs, Ellie and Scooter. His passion for education led him to sit on the board of the Georgia Perimeter College Foundation and to visit regularly with 4th graders as a part of the Rotary Club of Dunwoody’s Character Education program. In addition to the Rotary Club of Dunwoody, he is an active member of the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce and the Dunwoody United Methodist Church.