Kelly D. Reese


I’m a fan of outdoor activities like boating, fishing, and playing golf. I also enjoy doing projects around the house and following college football.


  • University of Florida School of Law, J.D., 1987, With Honors
  • Princeton Theological Seminary, Th.M., 2000
  • Samford University Beeson Divinity School, M. Div., 1996
  • Oklahoma Baptist University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1983


  • Alabama, 1988
  • Mississippi, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas


  • Mobile Bar Association
  • Baldwin County Bar Association
  • Labor and Employment Law Section, American Bar Association

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"I find it gratifying to help clients navigate difficult situations and guide them through cases that initially seem like complex mazes. I help them make sense of the legal landscape they face and then lay out their options and the potential pros and cons of each one. Together we make choices that best fit their preferences and business goals."

Practice Overview

Kelly Reese represents employers in a broad range of personnel and workforce issues, focusing on class and collective action lawsuits. He appears in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies such as the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), adroitly advocating for individuals and organizations in wage-and-hour, equal employment, wrongful termination, Warn Act, and breach-of-contract disputes.

With more than three decades of legal practice experience, Kelly advises large and small businesses in a variety of industries, including oil and gas, hospitality and restaurants, courier services, and chain retail. In addition, he counsels public-sector clients such as municipalities. Kelly also speaks frequently on employment law issues before various associations of human resources professionals.

Clients rely on Kelly’s expertise to help them mitigate litigation risk, deal with rogue employees and other unusual workplace situations, and get through DOL audits. He also handles questions and conflicts connected to employment policies and procedures, employee classification issues, employment contracts, and change-in-control, non-compete, and independent-contractor agreements. Placing a premium on always being responsive and accessible, Kelly appreciates the variable nature of his role as an advisor. As he puts it, “I never know what I’m going to be asked when I pick up the phone but I’m ready for virtually anything.”

Kelly applies his excellent writing skills to produce clear, persuasive legal briefs and other documents. Although he initially does all he can to prevent litigation from arising, if a case is ultimately heard in a courtroom, he thoroughly enjoys the intellectual challenge and performative, competitive nature of the trial process. His broad and deep knowledge base, likable-but-aggressive approach, and ability to quickly develop friendly rapport with judges and juries serve clients well.

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