William A. Kelley, Jr.

William A. Kelley, Jr. is “of counsel” to the firm.  He counsels businesses on litigation and other matters arising out of government enforcement actions and advocates in the Legislative, regulatory and public policy arenas.

Mr. Kelley also is the President of the Beer Distributors of Massachusetts Inc., the leading trade association in Massachusetts advocating on behalf of family-owned businesses in the beer distribution industry and working to promote the responsible use of the products they distribute.

Prior to becoming President of the trade association, Mr. Kelley was the General Counsel of the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (“ABCC”) between 1991 – 2013.  As in-house counsel, he advised Commission members and staff on licensing and compliance issues with retail, wholesale and supplier businesses; drafted legislation and regulations; tracked and prepared policy positions and commentary on proposed legislation and regulations at both state and federal levels; lent expertise to legislative committee chairmen and staff on proposed legislation:  and was the ABCC’s liaison to both Massachusetts Attorney General and to the State, 351 cities and towns.  In addition, Bill served as media liaison for the ABCC, responding to inquiries from media in all forms (print, television, radio, blogs), legislators, municipal and federal officials.

Mr. Kelley was honored by the Massachusetts City Solicitors and Town Counsel Association, receiving the “2011 President’s Award” in recognition of and appreciation for his many contributions to municipal law and assistance to local government.

Mr. Kelley is a past President of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA) serving for a term of office that concluded in June 2012.  Before becoming the President of the NCSLA, he had been an elected member of the NCSLA’s Board of Directors since 2006.

Mr. Kelley has been a faculty member of each Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Program since 1993 on the subject of the regulation and control of alcoholic beverages businesses in Massachusetts.

His many industry related speaking engagements include seminars conducted by the NCSLA, the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association, CLE-International, the Center For Alcohol Policy and the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America.

Mr. Kelley has testified in federal and state courts in both Massachusetts and New York on various principles of Massachusetts alcoholic beverages law, including being designated as the person with the most knowledge on the law controlling the sale of wine in Massachusetts.

Mr. Kelley graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester and Suffolk University Law School in Boston.



United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.