Kelly W. Case

Senior Associate Attorney

"I wanted to attend law school after watching my father try to deal with an insurance company that refused to pay a claim as a child.

When I was 12 years old, our family camper was broken into in Laredo, Texas and all of our valuables were taken. One of the items taken was a rifle that was meant to be my birthday and Christmas gifts that year. I never saw it. The insurance refused to pay the claim, and my father did not know what to do and ended up getting paid less than $500.00 on a $10,000.00 claim. It made me so mad that a company could take advantage of their customer that I knew I wanted to be a lawyer at 12 years old.

 

I have always sympathized with the underdog and relish taking on those hard cases.

 

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I was drawn to family law after personally going through a divorce in 2003. I was lucky that I was able to hire a very good attorney to represent me, and it led me to practice exclusively in family law for the last five years.

 

I enjoy being able to help people adjust to their new lives and try to bring order to the chaos that is brought on by divorce.

 

Because of my personal experience with a highly contentious ex, I understand what clients are going through and try to help them in every way possible.

 

I have always been involved with some sort of service to my community, and working in family law allows me to help others as well as guide people to their new "normal." It is a perfect fit in that I love to solve puzzles, and most divorce problems can be solved with some creative solutions."

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Kelly W. Case is a Former Judge of the 9th Judicial District Court in Montgomery County, Texas.

 

Judge Case attended Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana after graduating from Louisiana State University in 1986. While attending law school, former Judge Case was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award in Torts for the highest grade in his class.

After graduating from Tulane, he began his legal career as a prosecutor in the Galveston County, Texas Office of the District Attorney in 1991. He served as Chief of Misdemeanor Division, Chief of a felony Court and Chief of the Bond Forfeiture Division as well as becoming a prolific trial attorney, and writing the foundation for the prosecution manual that is still used today. He left that office for private practice in 1994.


Kelly is a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, The National Trial Lawyer's Top 100, American Academy of Forensic Scientists and a member of several national and local bar associations in the States of Georgia and Texas. He holds a black belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido and still regularly practices and trains, although he no longer teaches.


Judge Case was elected to serve as the presiding judge of the 9th Judicial District Court in 2012, after defeating a 20 year incumbent. When taking the bench, he had two basic premises: 1) Seat only fair juries, and 2) Never let any lawyer get away with hiding or secreting evidence.


In his first 6 jury trials after taking the bench, he was personally responsible for busting the panel because he refused to seat juries devoid of minorities. He granted numerous motions to enable the defense to challenge jury selection in Montgomery County, Texas. Shortly thereafter, more diverse jury panels were obtained throughout the county.


He took over a docket that had over 30 accused citizens waiting, in jail, 5 years or more, to get to trial and was able to get all of those cases resolved within 6 months of taking the bench; most of them for time-served. His civil caseload included some of the largest cases in the county and he was able to bring the civil caseload docket control orders that swiftly controlled the case flow, enabling more citizens a much greater access to justice.


Additionally, he scheduled trials weekly in order to resolve cases that needed judicial intervention. In the year previous to Judge Case's election to the bench, the 9th District Court had 6 trials. As the presiding Judge of the Court, Judge Case personally tried 32 cases his first year.


He was the first judge in the State of Texas to uphold the McNeely decision and found Texas law on the subject of warrantless blood draws to be unconstitutional. This decision would be upheld on numerous appeals and take approximate 3 years before the law was settled.


During his term, he served as the vice-chair of the Montgomery County Bail Bond Board and as the presiding judge of the Montgomery County CARE (Drug Court) program and the Board of Judges of Montgomery County, Texas.


He is still fondly remembered as the Judge of Drug Court. He continues to be a driving force in the area of drug treatment courts and is a major supporter of drug courts, nationally.


Because of his recognized expertise in the area of blood testing and intoxication, he was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve on the DWI Committee for the Texas State Judiciary. This committee was responsible for the training curriculum for all of the judges in the State of Texas at numerous seminars throughout the year.


In February of 2016, Judge Case taught the Judges of Texas about the science behind blood testing and exactly how a Gas Chromatograph works. He is also co-authored of the standard discovery motion currently used since 2013 in all courts of law in Montgomery and Harris County, Texas for blood draw DWI cases.


Because of his reputation as a tough litigator and respected jurist, he is frequently in trial and has traveled nationwide to represent his clients.

He has tried numerous civil and criminal matters after leaving the bench and is frequently sought to speak at national, state and local legal seminars.


After having personally gone through a contentious divorce with young children, he understands the needs of people faced with a change-in-life-status. He works to ensure that his clients are successful whether they are seeking custody, alimony, child support or just wanting to get divorced. His caseload ranges from extremely large, complex divorce matters involving child support and alimony to simple, uncontested divorces.

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

Beal Law Firm, PLLC – July 2021 – Present

Senior Associate Attorney

 

Meriwether & Tharp – 2019 – 2021

Associate Attorney

 

Case Law, PLLC – 2016 – 2019

Senior Attorney

 

9th Judicial District Court – 2013 – 2016

District Judge – Civil and Criminal

 

Case Law, PLLC – 2003 – 2013

Senior Attorney

 

EDUCATION

 

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

Degree: Master of Science in Entomology, currently pursuing

 

SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY ADVANCED COMPUTER EDUCATION CENTER

MCSE

                                   

TULANE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW

Degree: Juris Doctor

 

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Degree: Bachelor of Criminal Justice
 

MEMBERSHIPS

 

Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States

Bar of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals

State Bar of Texas

State Bar of Georgia

Georgia Trial Lawyers Association

Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

 

PERSONAL

 

Published Author

Guide for Project Healing Waters

Bamboo fly rod maker

Former Member of Alpha K9 Search and Rescue

Aikido shodan