Kelly R. Burke has over 25 years experience as an attorney in criminal law, civil law, estate law and immigration law. He is a graduate of Mercer Law School in 1984 and Georgia Tech in 1981. He served as superior court law clerk for one year prior to entering the private practice of law in 1987. In 1992, he was appointed chief magistrate of Houston County, Georgia, and served there for four years. He was elected by his peers to be the President of the Magistrate Court Council of Georgia, in addition to service on the Judicial Council of Georgia and the Courts Automation Council of Georgia. Kelly ran for District Attorney of the Houston Judicial Circuit in 1996, winning the election in what most people called an upset. He served as district attorney from 1997 to 2010, when he resigned to re-enter private practice. As district attorney Kelly was a leader in innovation and the applied use of technology to make the district attorney's office the most efficient possible. Kelly served on the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia for four years. He served as a committee chairman in numerous committees of the District Attorneys Association of Georgia. During his time as district attorney, Kelly became an expert on criminal immigration issues. Having prosecuted over 30,000 persons while district attorney, Kelly learned that arrests and convictions can have serious and sometimes unintended consequences on immigrants and their families. It is that expertise that Kelly brings to the table when his clients hire him to handle their immigration issues.