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Kellam comes from a long line of Tidewater natives. His paternal grandfather grew up on the Eastern Shore and moved to Norfolk as a young adult and his paternal grandmother grew up in Norfolk. Both his parents grew up on the Southside and Kellam was raised in Virginia Beach. After graduating from a Virginia Beach public high school, Kellam attended a small liberal arts college, St. Andrews University, in North Carolina, where he fell in love with learning. Kellam graduated summa cum laude with a philosophy degree with honors in 1996, and a triple minor of politics, psychology, and law. After working three jobs the summer after college to save up some spending money, Kellam began law school at the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Kellam chose W&M due to its strong academic history and his desire to settle back in Tidewater once he graduated in 1999.
Kellam began his legal career with a mid-sized firm doing primarily insurance defense work and moved through a number of local firms seeking the right fit of practice areas, camaraderie, and compensation. After a little over six years at his last firm, where he was lucky to have found the best environment to practice law other than running his own shop, he did just that – founded the predecesor to Parks Zeigler, PLLC (The Law Office of Kellam T. Parks, PLLC). One of the motivating factors of forming his own firm was to integrate modern technologies in his practice, which was hard to do in a larger firm environment. Kellam has created his firm to be paperless with cloud-based systems to enable immediate and remote access for himself and his clients. He is able to utilize digital technologies for legal research and litigation in the courtroom, such as the use of a tablet for case presentations. Kellam is also able to harness the power of social media to inform the public on his practice areas and keep in touch with his clients.
Kellam is involved in numerous legal organizations. He serves on committees for both the Virginia Beach and Norfolk/Portsmouth Bar Associations. Kellam is also a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the Virginia State Bar Association serving on the Special Committee on Technology and the Law. He taught at Tidewater Community College for a number of years and has volunteered with the Junior Achievement Program. Kellam has authored several articles and has presented materials to other lawyers and the public on his various practice areas and on technology and the law.
Away from the office, Kellam spends as much time with his family as he can. He met his beautiful wife Kelly in August of 2002 and they were married a little less than two years later. Kellam and Kelly are kept (enjoyably) busy raising their daughter Avery, who is a dedicated ballet dancer and is a junior in High School. Kellam’s daughter is also a technophile - Avery is part of a distance learning program via the internet which allows her more time to spend on dance. Family is important to Kellam and he is extremely fortunate that he has his sister Deborah working with him at the firm as the Office/Marketing Manager (not to mention also having his brother-in-law Harry Hindmarsh as his local marketing genius).
Kellam (obviously) enjoys exploring and tinkering with various forms of technology. He also enjoys reading and listening to almost all genres of music (however often laments his almost total lack of musical ability). Having had the good fortune to travel during college (spending a month abroad studying in Switzerland and getting a whirlwind tour of Europe including Italy, Albania, France, Amsterdam, Germany, and Luxembourg) and law school (taking summer classes in Madrid, Spain at the Colegio Mayor Universitario San Pablo), Kellam looks forward to traveling abroad once again and sharing the experience with his girls.