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William E. Kelley, Jr.
Practice Areas
Construction and Real Estate Litigation
Professional Liability
Real Estate Acquisitions, Sales, Leasing and Development
Title Insurance Law
Green Building and Sustainability
Hanover College, B.A., 2000
Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, J.D., 2003
- Order of the Barristers
Bar Admissions
Indiana Supreme and Appellate Courts, 2003
United States District Court, Southern and Northern District, 2003

William E. Kelley, Jr. is an attorney at Drewry Simmons Vornehm, LLP, where he focuses his practice on construction and real estate matters, including Construction and Real Estate Litigation, Professional Liability, Real Estate Acquisitions, Sales, Leasing and Development, and Title Insurance Law, and Green Building and Sustainability. Mr. Kelley earned his B.A. from Hanover College, his J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law Indianapolis, and was admitted to the Indiana bar in 2003.

Mr. Kelley is a frequent author and lecturer on professional liability, insurance coverage, and the legal aspects of green building and sustainable design. He has achieved accreditation as a LEED AP BD+C, and he is an active member of several green building and construction law committees, including the ABC National Green Building Committee, the ABC Indiana Green Building Committee, DRI's construction committee, and DTCI's construction law section. Mr. Kelley represents design professionals, contractors, subcontractors, developers, owners and insurers for construction law and real estate matters.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP BD+C)
Indianapolis Bar Association
Indiana State Bar Association
- Construction and Surety Law Section
- Land Use and Zoning Section
American Bar Association
- Forum on the Construction Industry (Division 3 Design)
- Litigation Section
- Construction Litigation Committee
- Real Estate Litigation Committee
Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (DTCI)
- Member and Past Section Chair, Construction Law Section
- Member, Board of Editors for Indiana Civil Litigation Review
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
- Construction Law Committee
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Indiana/Kentucky Chapter
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) National
- ABC National Green Building Committee Member
U.S. Green Building Council Indiana Chapter
Honors and Recognitions
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
Indiana Super Lawyers Magazine: "Rising Star" in Construction Litigation, 2009-2015
Indianapolis Bar Association Bar Leader Series V, 2008
Distinguished Fellow, Indianapolis Bar Foundation, 2012
Presentations and Publications
Co-Presenter, "Construction Design Professional Insurance and Indemnity: Reconciling Coverage With Contractual Risks", national webinar hosted by Strafford Publications, February 2014
Co-Presenter, "The Impact of Limitation of Liability Clauses", Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) Construction and Surety Law Section, Indianapolis, Indiana, December 2013
Co-Presenter, "Design Professional Liability in Construction: Minimizing Risk Through Contract Terms", national webinar hosted by Strafford Publications, December 2013
Presenter, "What Contractors Should Know About the International Green Construction Code (IgCC)", national webinar hosted by Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) National Green Building Committee
Co-Presenter and Co-Author, "Construction Defect Litigation: From A to Z", National Business Institute (NBI), Indianapolis, Indiana, September 2013
Author, "Avoiding a False Green Claim", Construction EXECUTIVE Magazine, June 2013
Author, "Legislating Green: Incentives and mandates move green building beyond 'fad' status", Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly Magazine, Winter-Spring 2013
Co-Presenter, "Design Professional Insurance: Evaluating Coverage and Contractual Risks", national webinar hosted by Strafford Publications, November 2012
Presenter, "Greening Your Contracts: Contracting Strategies for Green Building and Sustainable Project Goals", 2012 AIA Kentucky and AIA Indiana Regional Convention, Lexington, KY, November 2012
Co-Presenter, "Green Building & Sustainable Development: The Convergence of Construction & Environmental Law", Indiana State Bar Association Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, October 2012
Author, "Implications of the International Green Construction Code", American Bar Association (ABA), Litigation Section, Construction Litigation Committee e-Newsletter, September 2012
Co-Presenter and Co-Author, "Law of Construction Defects & Failures", Half Moon, LLC, Indianapolis, August 2012
Moderator, "Indianapolis Airport's LEED Certification Process", Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), Indianapolis Chapter, June 2012
Presenter, "What Contractors Need to Know About the International Green Construction Code (IgCC)", Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) EdCon & Expo, San Antonio, Texas, 2012
Author, "Raising the Bar: IgCC Provides Model Code for Green Construction", Construction Executive Magazine, June 2012
Co-Presenter, "Killer Contract Clauses", AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention, 2011
Moderator, "The Role of Collaboration in Green Building and Sustainable Projects", Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) Central Indiana Chapter, 2011
Co-Author, "The Anatomy of Construction Job Site Accident Claims", Indiana Lawyer, Vol. 22, No. 6, May 25 - June 7, 2011
Co-Author, "When Does a Design Professional Have Coverage Under a CGL Policy?", Riding the E & O Line (newsletter published by DRI Professional Liability Committee), 2011
Panelist, "Insurance Coverage for Defective Construction: Does Sheehan Change the Rules of the Game?", Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) Construction & Surety Law Section, 2010
Co-Presenter, "How Does General Liability Insurance Respond to Damages to 'Your Work'?", Indiana CPA Society (INCPAS) Construction Conference, 2010
Panelist, "Learn How to Win Projects, Protect Your Assets and Run Leaner While Thriving in the 'New Normal Economy'", AIA Indiana/ AIA Kentucky Annual Convention, 2010
Co-Presenter, "A Legal Perspective on Green Building: Contracts, Liability, and Legislation", ICA/AIA Joint Cooperative Committee Meeting, 2010
Author and Lecturer, "Landlord-Tenant Law Update", Sterling Education Services, 2010
Co-Author, Indiana Chapter, "Construction Litigation Desk Reference: A Fifty State Guide to Construction Litigation," Published by DRI Construction Law Committee, 2010
Panelist, "Calming the Fears of Designing, Bidding, and Building Green," Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Indiana, 2010
Co-Presenter, "Preventing a Green Project from Making You Black and Blue: Understanding Contractual and Legal Risks of Green Building," Indiana Building Green Symposium, 2010
Author, "Overview of the ConsensusDOCS Green Building Addendum," ABC of Indiana Green Building Newsletter, December 2009
Author, "AIA and DBIA Contracts Offer Different Approaches to Green Project Goals," The Critical Path (newsletter published by DRI Construction Law Committee), December 2009
Co-Presenter, "Got Stimulus? The ARRA, Where Construction Related Stimulus Funding Comes From, and Where it is Going," ICA/AIA Joint Cooperative Committee Meeting, 2009
Presenter, "Ten Things Every Attorney Should Know About Green Building," Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (DTCI) Construction Law Section, 2009
Author & Lecturer, "Green or Sustainable Construction in Indiana," Lorman Education Services, 2008
Author & Lecturer, "Professional Liability in Design and Construction Contracts," National Business Institute (NBI), 2008
Co-Author, "CGL Coverage for Architects and Engineers," Indiana Lawyer, Vol. 19, No. 6, May 28-June, 2008
Co-Author, "Green building creates new, unique legal risks," Indiana Lawyer, Vol. 19, No. 1, March 19-April 1, 2008
Co-Author, "Dealing with Defense-Within-Limits Policies in Design Professional Claims," Construct! (the journal of ABA Construction Litigation Committee), Winter 2008
Presenter, "Document Production Issues for Large Construction Projects," Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (DTCI) Annual Conference, 2007
Author & Lecturer, "Real Estate Development from Beginning to End", Lorman Education Services, 2007, 2008
Author & Lecturer, "Commercial Leasing: Handling Common Client Issues", National Business Institute (NBI), 2007
Co-Presenter, "10 Things Every Attorney Should Know About Construction Claims", Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (DTCI) Annual Conference, 2006