IB Member Spotlight: Craig Kelley

 

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Craig Kelley

Inserra/Kelley/Sewell

Omaha, NE

 

 

5 Fast Facts:

ON THE WEEKENDS you’ll find me traversing Nebraska’s back roads on two wheels—I have a passion for both pedal-powered cycling and v-twin Harleys.

FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM? I’m all about college sports; I follow Creighton Bluejays basketball and CornHuskers football, not to mention my first alma mater—the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats.

MY ADVICE TO YOUNG PROFESSIONALS is to start trying cases as soon as possible. Even if you’re just second chair, the experience is invaluable.

I LIKE GIVING BACK to the community through my involvement with a number of organizations… helping others makes you feel good.

SOMETHING YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT ME is that I’m a music festival fanatic. From the sounds of Elvis Costello to Trampled by Turtles, I love to hear it live.

 

Can you tell us about your community involvement and charitable efforts within Omaha?

CK: Supporting the community has always been a focus for me, both as an attorney and an individual. My two life passions, cycling and motorcycle riding, have led to my involvement with H.O.G. (Harley Owners Group) and also the Dundee Chain Gang, the Omaha cycling group of which I am a founder. I also helped introduce Lawyers Against Hunger to Omaha after becoming aware of their efforts through an Injury Board ROI event. Our first year in 2012, we partnered with the Foodbank of the Midlands to give away 500 Thanksgiving turkeys to families in need.

 

What do you foresee in the future of trial law? How have things changed since your first time in a courtroom?

CK: In today’s courtroom, you have to be technologically savvy. Especially when talking to jurors, you need to relate to them on common ground. Since most are used to getting their information from online content viewed on smartphones and tablets, visual and interactive exhibits are helpful. You can no longer talk at length to make your point and think that they will follow along. Now everything needs to be short and quick and delivered with a fair amount of bells and whistles in order to engage everyone—ultimately, you have to provide a learning experience like that which they’re accustomed to.

 

Do you have any memorable moments from attending past Injury Board events such as ROI or the IB Summit?

CK: I look forward to ROI events as there’s always something new you pick up to help get the word out and bring referrals your way. I remember a speaker once saying that shutting down your phones at 5pm meant you were missing the people who couldn’t call until after they left their own jobs at 5pm—so we started answering calls until eight o’clock in the evening and it’s made a difference as we now help more people. Due to past commitments with family activities, this upcoming IB Summit in Asheville, NC will be my first and my wife and I can’t wait!

 

As law firms continue to change and evolve, how has the Injury Board helped Inserra Kelley Sewell to keep true to core values?

CK: Well, our law firm has been a member of Injury Board for over 10 years now, going back to a time when the group was just starting out. What hasn’t changed is the group’s mantra—to alter the misconception of personal injury lawyers by doing good and giving back to the community. Inserra Kelly Sewell has always identified with that mindset, and it’s something we always want to maintain moving forward.

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