Skip to main content
headshot of mike kelly, williams mullen partner

Monroe "Mike" Kelly, III

Virginia Beach, VA
  • T.
  • 757.473.5378
  • F.
  • 757.473.0395

Mike Kelly has more than 35 years of experience in the representation of commercial banks and other financial institutions, with extensive involvement in commercial and real estate loan documentation, Uniform Commercial Code (Articles 8 and 9), asset-based lending, automotive dealer finance, letters of credit, problem loan workouts, creditors’ rights, bankruptcies, reorganizations, lender liability litigation, bank operations and deposit and collection procedures. He also has extensive experience in commercial real estate development, including golf course acquisition, operation and financing.

Mike represents several national and regional companies in the financial services industry. He frequently speaks to loan officers of various banks and financial institutions on lending procedures and documentation, Uniform Commercial Code (Articles 8 and 9), loan loss and lender liability avoidance, problem loan workout procedures, and bankruptcies and reorganizations.

Mike is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Banking Law, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Law and Real Estate Law (2008-present). He has been named the Best Lawyers® Norfolk "Lawyer of the Year" for Banking & Finance Law twice (2009, 2012) and Litigation - Banking and Finance Law twice (2018, 2021). Mike was named to Virginia Lawyers Weekly's 2019 class of "Leaders in the Law."

He has also been named among Virginia Business’ “Legal Elite” (2008, 2010, 2013), recognized in Virginia Super Lawyers magazine (2013-present) and listed as one of the Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia by CoVa Biz Magazine (2017-present). In addition, Martindale-Hubbell has rated Mike an AV attorney, its highest rating available.

Mike is a member of the Virginia State Bar and its Business and Bankruptcy Law Sections. He is a member of the American, Virginia, Virginia Beach and Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Associations. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the United Way Keel Club and is past president of the Norfolk Forum and the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club.

Mike received his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

View More View Less
  • University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.), 1974
  • United States Naval Academy (B.S.), 1967
Professional & Community Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar - Business and Bankruptcy Law Sections

Community Involvements

  • Norfolk Forum, Past President
  • Norfolk Yacht and Country Club, Past President
  • United Way Keel Club
Bar & Court Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia State Bar

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Virginia Lawyers Weekly – Leaders in the Law (2019)

Best Lawyers® – Norfolk Litigation - Banking & Finance "Lawyer of the Year" (2018, 2021)

Best Lawyers® – Norfolk Banking & Finance "Lawyer of the Year" (2009, 2012, 2023)

The Best Lawyers in America© – Banking & Finance Law, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Bankruptcy & Creditor-Debtor Right/Insolvency & Reorganization Law, Banking & Finance Litgation, Real Estate Law (2008-present)

Virginia Super Lawyers – Banking (2013-present)

Virginia Business –"Legal Elite" (2008, 2010, 2013)

CoVa Biz Magazine - "Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia," (2017-present)


  • Represented national lender in multi-year, multi-court complex litigation. The representation began in state court with an action by the lender to take possession of new and used automobiles that served as collateral for "floor plan" lending. The auto dealer counter-sued and raised business tort claims. The state court case was dismissed and the dealer moved to federal court and asserted new causes of action on the same claims.


View More View Less