Terence B. Kelly

Top rated Workers' Compensation attorney in Bloomington, Illinois

Kraft, Wood & Kelly, LLC
Terence B. Kelly
Kraft, Wood & Kelly, LLC

Practice Areas: Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice; view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 1995

Education: The University of Iowa College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2024
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Kraft, Wood & Kelly, LLC

207 W. Jefferson St.
Suite 200
Bloomington, IL 61701 Visit website


Effective in litigation and negotiation, Terence B. Kelly has a proven track record of successfully returning compensation to victims of negligence. He is a partner at Kraft Wood Kelly, LLC, where he advocates for clients throughout Bloomington and Central Illinois. His caseload includes wrongful death, motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, premises liability, dog bites, construction accidents and workers' compensation.

Mr. Kelly has an exceptional reputation among peers and clients alike. He holds an Avvo "Superb" rating; he is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum; he has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers; he has been selected for inclusion in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100; he is listed among Leading Lawyers; and he has been named in the American Institute of Personal Injury Lawyers' 10 Best.

As a former insurance defense attorney, Mr. Kelly has a keen insight into how these providers attempt to shortchange injured parties. Today, he uses that knowledge to obtain significant awards on behalf of his clients. Since he started practicing personal injury law, he has put millions of dollars back into the hands of people who need it the most.

When Mr. Kelly takes a case, he sees it all the way through, whether that means fighting for a fair settlement, going to court or working on an appeal. He has personally handled matters in state and federal courts, including the Illinois Supreme Court.

In 1985, Mr. Kelly earned a Bachelor of Arts from Kutztown University. He then attended The University of Iowa College of Law, graduating with distinction and a Juris Doctor in 1989.

Mr. Kelly is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.

Practice areas

Workers' Compensation: Claimant, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Birth Injury, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 60% Workers' Compensation: Claimant
  • 20% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1989, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage: https://www.thomsonweintraub.com/terence-b-kelly

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Condition Verses Cause: A Doctrine Whose Time Has Passed?, Illinois Bar Journal, 1996, Author
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin in 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • McClean County Bar, 2000 - Present 
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2000 - Present 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1999 
  • Wisconsin, 1989 
  • Illinois, 1995 
  • Smith v. Industrial Commission, 308 Ill. App. 3d 260, 719 N.E.2d 329, 241 Ill. Dec. 468 (3rd Dist. 1999)
  • Grotelveschen v. Dimmer, 171 Wis.2d 437, 492 N.W.2d 131 (1992)
  • Peterman v. Midwestern National, Wis.2d 682, 503 N.W.2d 312 (Ct. App.1993)
  • Flynn v. Industrial Commission, 211 Ill.2d 546, 813 N.E.2d 119, 286 Ill. Dec. 62 (Supreme Court of Illinois, 2004), reversing 339 Ill. App. 3d 994, 791 N.E.2d 1301, 274 Ill. Dec. 890 (3rd Dist. 2003)
  • Markunas v. Sentry Insurance Company, 185 Wis.2d 852, 519 N.W.2d 688 (Ct. App. 1994)
  • Tom Lange Co. v. A. Gagliano Co., F.3d 1305 (7th Cir. 1995)
  • Gallianetti v. Industrial Commission, 315 Ill. App. 3d 721, 734 N.E.2d 482, 248 Ill. Dec 554 (3rd Dist. 2000)
  • Seaman v. Thompson Electronics, 325 Ill. App. 3d 560, 758 N.E.2d 454, 259 Ill. Dec. 331 (3rd Dist. 2001)
  • Thompson v. Country Mutual Ins. Co., 319 Ill.App.3d 158, 744 N.E.2d 1271, 253 Ill. Dec. 207 (4th Dist. 2001).
  • Farris v. Industrial Commission, 357 Ill.App.3d 525, 829 N.E.2d 372, 293 Ill.Dec. 789 (4th 2005) 
  • Recognized as a Member of Leading Lawyers Network 
  • Recognized as Top 100 Trial Lawyers by National Trial Lawyers Association 
Educational Background:
  • Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA, USA, Major: Political Science, B.A., 1985   

Office location for Terence B. Kelly

207 W. Jefferson St.
Suite 200
Bloomington, IL 61701

Phone: 309-741-8536


5 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2024

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