After clerking in Natchez as an Ole Miss law student, Chris Kelley says he jumped at the chance to begin his practice there in 1994. Chris is now a partner in the firm of Gwin, Punches & Kelley, LLP, with a general civil practice focused on real estate transactions and real estate litigation. He notes that the historical land records in southwest Mississippi involve unique issues that often require attorneys to handle their own title searches rather than relying on abstractors.
When asked what he enjoys most about his work, Chris says:
The closings seem to bring people together for a purpose. Most closings are not confrontational and have an end date. If you do things correctly, then that is the finish line.
Although Chris bemoans the proliferation of required loan documents over the course of his career, he gives credit to a “great staff that helps keep things organized and heading in the right direction.”
Chris has been married to Jodi Brown Kelley for 26 years and has two daughters, Maggie and Mary Evans, who also studied at Ole Miss. Of life outside of the office, Chris says:
I like to be part of a team. Whether it is at church, the family dinner table, the hunting camp, or the golf course, I enjoy being part of a group with a common sense of purpose.