William C. Kelly, Jr.

Retired Partner

William C. Kelly, Jr. retired from the partnership in April 2003. He was a member of the Pro Bono Committee and worked in the Finance Department of the firm's Washington D.C. office.

Mr. Kelly joined the firm after having been Executive Assistant to the Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1975 to 1977. His practice focused on multifamily housing, commercial real estate and infrastructure finance, including acquisitions, sales and workouts of multifamily housing projects, office buildings, hotels and hospitals; syndications of low-income housing tax credits; community economic development funds and tax-exempt bond financings on behalf of nonprofit housing and assisted living providers.

At the time of his retirement, Mr. Kelly was a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia and has been admitted before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Kelly was a Director of Ashoka Innovators for the Public, the Governance Institute and the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. He was also a member of the Elderly Housing Coalition and the D.C. Bar's Community Economic Development Pro Bono Project.

Mr. Kelly is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School. After his graduation from law school, he served as a law clerk to Hon. Frank M. Coffin of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (1971-72) and to Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. of the United States Supreme Court (1972-73).


  • JD, Yale Law School, 1971
  • BA, Harvard University, 1968