Hilliard “Trey” Kelly
Trey’s Practice Areas:
- Insurance Defense
- Product Liability
- Employment & Labor
- Transportation & Trucking
- Collections & Creditors’ Rights
- Maritime Law
- Family Law
- Business & Commercial Transactions
Hilliard F. “Trey” Kelly has maintained a wide-ranging civil litigation practice in the New Orleans metropolitan area for the last 16 years. He is licensed to practice in both Louisiana and Texas and has experience in various insurance defense matters. He has defended product manufacturers, including Ford Motor Company, Nissan, Black & Decker, and Subaru, trying many product liability and redhibition cases in state and federal court.
Trey is well versed in the complexities of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), having represented several large insurers in a various life, health and disability matters. In addition, Trey has handled numerous trucking and transportation claims, maritime suits, family law disputes, and an array of business and transactional matters.
Growing up on the Northshore, Trey received his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Southeastern Louisiana University, graduating with Honors in 1995. He received his Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University Law School in 1998, and was a published Member of the Louisiana Law Review. Trey is a member of the Louisiana and Texas State Bar Associations and is admitted to practice in all Louisiana & Texas state courts, as well as the U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana, the Southern and Western districts of Texas and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Trey is an active member of the International Claims Association’s Disability Committee and has lectured on various topics in the field of ERISA litigation.
In addition to his legal work, Trey has also served as an Officer in both the Louisiana and Texas National Guard. In this capacity, he made two combat tours to Iraq as a combat helicopter pilot (’03 and ’07). He is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve and has accumulated more than 1200 flight hours, as well as qualifications in four army aircraft, including the AH-64 Attack Helicopter. While serving in combat, Trey was awarded two Bronze Star Medals, an Air Medal, a Combat Action Badge, two Army Commendation Medals, and an Army Achievement Medal.
- LSU J.D.
- Southeastern Louisiana University, B.A., Criminal Justice
Admitted to Practice
- All Louisiana State Courts
- All Texas State Courts
- U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana
- U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern and Western Districts of Texas
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- Louisiana State Bar Association
- Texas Bar Association
- International Claims Association