Kelly & Castagna, LLC

Kelly & Castagna, LLC

Kelly & Castagna, LLC. is an Illinois plaintiff's personal injury litigation law firm with offices in Bloomington and Chicago, Illinois.

Firm Overview

We represent injured parties in cases throughout central and northern Illinois for:

-Personal injury cases, including car accidents and trucking accidents
-Medical Malpractice
-Workers' Compensation
-Products Liability
-Mediation Services
-Trucking Accidents

Many of our cases come to us by referrals from other attorneys and clients. Our success has been built on the quality relationships that we develop and maintain with our clients. All clients are treated with integrity and respect for their needs, goals and objectives. Kelly Law Offices' focus is on intelligent representation and our pledge to communicate with our clients and fight for the compensation to which they are entitled for their injuries. We are highly qualified, competent and have developed excellent reputations in the communities we represent.

We have successfully represented clients in wrongful death suits, defamation claims, claims against insurance companies, workers compensation claims and uninsured motorist claims in addition to various other claims and causes of action.

In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Kelly is a certified Mediator and has successfully mediated the resolution of over 100 injury cases, with the majority of those involving medical malpractice claims.

Mr. Kelly has written extensively in the field of trial practice and has authored the IICLE publication, Laying Foundations for Introducing Evidence (6 editions); has co-authored Illinois Pretrial Practice (James Publishing Co.); and has co-edited "Illinois Causes of Action" (IICLE).

Mr. Kelly has been named by the National Trial Lawyers Association as a "Top 100 Trial Lawyer" for 2013.

Main Office

Main Office
121 North Main Street, 3rd Floor
Bloomington IL 61701


(309) 820-0600


(309) 820-0255

Personal Injury

The Kelly Law Offices provides experienced representation to victims of personal injury.

We have successfully represented clients who have suffered injuries as a result of:

-Automobile, bus, truck, railroad, motorcycle, bicycle, aircraft or pedestrian accidents
-Construction Accidents
-Premises liability and slip and fall accidents
-Dog bite/animal accidents
-Nursing home accidents

Many of these accidents result in very serious injuries. After trying numerous cases and working with renowned medical experts, our attorneys have developed a thorough understanding of the complexities of medical conditions involved in cases of spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, fractures, back injuries, burns and organ injuries.

The loss of a loved one is a traumatic event. We are devoted to assisting the families of those we represent by helping them reestablish their lives. If a negligent act causes the death of your spouse or next of kin, and the victim would have been able to sue under a personal injury action had he or she survived, you may have a wrongful death action under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act. This statute allows you to recover for the pecuniary damages resulting from the death, as well as the loss of companionship and mental anguish and suffering you suffered from your loved one's death.

Timothy W. Kelly

Kelly & Castagna, LLC

Timothy W. Kelly graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1978. In 1997 he was voted by his peers as one of the top three attorneys in McLean County. He is a Martindale-Hubbell AV rated attorney (the highest rating available) devoting 100% of his practice to litigation. Concentrating his practice in personal injury and malpractice, he has obtained record verdicts in two downstate counties. He has been listed in Law & Leading Attorneys since 1996 and in 2002 was named one of the top 5% of attorneys in Illinois. He has also been recognized in Chicago Magazine as an Illinois "Super Lawyer." He has published articles and books regarding trial practice, is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, and has served on the Board of Managers of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association since 1992.

Litigation Percentage:
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:
-Illinois, 1978
-U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1993
-U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1979
-U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1990
-U.S. Federal Court, 1979
-U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1979
-U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1979
-U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1998
-U.S. Supreme Court, 1998

-University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, Ohio, 1978 J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
-University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, 1975 B.S., Bachelor of Science

Honors and Awards:
-Named as "Top Three Attorneys in McLean County," Business to Business Magazine, 1997
-Listed in Law & Leading Attorneys for Illinois, 1996-Present
-Named as an Illinois "Super Lawyer" by Chicago Magazine
-Marquis, Who's Who In American Law, Tenth Edition, 1998-1999
-Martindale-Hubbell, rating of AV (highest rating available)
-IICLE Volunteer of the Year - Publications Department, 2008
-Named by the National Trial Lawyers Association as a "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" for 2013

-Illinois Supreme Court - Appointed to the Commission on Access to Justice in 2012, Reappointed 2013
-Fellows of the Bar Foundation - Vice Chair of the Fellows, 2012-2014
-Illinois State Bar Association: Elected Assembly Member, 1995 to 2000; Member Civil Practice & Procedure Section Council, 1992 to 2000, Vice Chair 1997-98, Chair 1998-99; Tort Law Section Council, 1995 to Present, Chair 2008-2009; Allerton House Steering Committee, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000-2002; Special Committee on Judicial Discipline, 1997-98; Task Force on the Allocation of Judges in Illinois, 1998-00. Special Committee on ISBA Facilities, 2000.
-Illinois Trial Lawyers Association: Board of Managers 1992 to Present; Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1995-96; Executive Committee, 1996, 1997; Chairman, Insurance Law Committee, 1996-1998; Chairman, Product Liability and Insurance Law Committee, 1998-2000. Seminar Planning Chairman, 2002.
-American Trial Lawyers Association
-McLean County Bar Association - Second Vice-President, 2013-2014
-Second Vice-President, 2013-2014
-Chicago Bar Association
-Illinois Bar Foundation, Board of Directors
-McLean County Inns of Court
-Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), Board of Directors, 2000 to 2007

-Assistant Professor, Political Science, Illinois State University, 1980-1983
-Staff Attorney, Prairie State Legal Services, 1978-1981
-Assistant Public Defender, McLean County, 1981-1983
-Associate in the Office of Jerome Mirza & Associates, 1983-1989
-IICLE Faculty Member: for more information see Classes and Seminars Taught
-ISBA Law-ed Series Faculty Member: for more information see Classes and Seminars Taught
-ITLA Faculty Member: for more information see Classes and Seminars Taught
-Author: Laying Foundations for Introducing Evidence, IICLE, 1991, revised, 1996; 2000, 2005; Proving Damages in Personal Injury Cases, IICLE 1994. Review of Recent Cases, Trial Briefs, ISBA Vol. 34, 1989; Review of Recent Cases, Tort Trends, ISBA Vol. 31, 1995; Affirmation of the Common Fund Doctrine, Trial Briefs, ISBA Vol. 42, 1996; IPI 5.01 & Expert Witnesses, Tort Trends, ISBA Vol. 4, 1997; Special Duty Exception to Local Governmental Tort Immunity, Trial Briefs, ISBA Vol. 44, 1999. Mandatory Arbitration Case Review, Illinois Bar Journal, March 2000. Illinois Pretrial Practice, James Publishing Co., 2002. Co-Edition, Illinois Causes of Action, 2006, 2008.
-Certified as McLean County Civil Case Mediator, 1996
-Certified as a McLean County Civil Case Arbitrator, 1997
-Born: Chicago, Illinois, April 27, 1953


University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, Ohio
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1978

Donald A. Behle

Kelly & Castagna, LLC

Bar Admissions:
-Illinois, 1981

-Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1981 J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
-University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, 1978 B.S., Bachelor of Science

-Illinois State Bar Association
-Logan County Bar Association, Former President
-Logan County Shrine Club, Secretary
-YMCA Board
-Illinois Masons
-Beason Sportsman's Club
-Lincoln Elk's Club, previously served on the Board of Trustees
-Lincoln Methodist Church, Stewardship Committee
-University of Illinois Alumni Association
-Art Fair Patron

-Attorney, Gehlbach Law Offices, 1981-1986
-Attorney, Solo Practitioner/Bell & Turner, 1987-1998
-Eleventh Circuit Associate Judge, 1999-2007
-Attorney, Personal Injury, Kelly Law Offices, P.C., Bloomington Illinois, 2007 to present
-Former Member: Rotary Club (Former President, Paul Harris Fellow), St. Clara's Board, Logan County Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Judge's Association, Logan County Duck's Unlimited, Logan County Turkey Association, Logan County Quail Unlimited, Mt. Polaski Men's Club, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Board (Former Treasurer), Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation, Main Street Lincoln, (Former Board Member), Lincoln High School Foundation, Lincoln High School Trust Board, City of Lincoln Attorney, Village of Elkhart Attorney, State of Illinois Advisory Board for the Handicapped
-Born: Lincoln, Illinois


Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1981

Laura Castagna

Kelly & Castagna, LLC

Laura Castagna joined Kelly Law Offices as an associate in 2011. Ms. Castagna earned her Juris Doctor from Washington University in St. Louis in May, 2011. She also received a Masters of Art from the University of Illinois at Springfield in May 2007 and her Bachelors of Art from Eastern Illinois University in May 2004.

While in law school, she was a CALI Award recipient, awarded the "Best Brief" in an intra-school Moot Court competition, and was an executive board member of the Global Studies Law Review.

Ms. Castagna is admitted to the Illinois Bar and is a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and the McLean County Bar Association. She is also a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.

Ms. Castagna is originally from Toulon, IL.

Bar Admissions:
Illinois, 2011

-Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, MO, 2011, J.D.
-University of Illinois at Springfield, Springfield, IL, 2007 M.A.
-Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL, 2004, B.A.

-Illinois State Bar Association
-Appointed Council Member of Young Lawyers