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D. Adam McKelvey

  • Litigation Attorney






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Mr. McKelvey has tried approximately 50 jury trials to verdict in his first decade with Crandall & Katt.  A native of Montvale, Virginia, in Western Bedford County, Mr. McKelvey has called the Roanoke Valley home for almost his entire life.  Prior to joining Crandall & Katt, Mr. McKelvey attended Liberty University School of Law, where he was part of their inaugural class, received the Commercial Law Award, and most importantly met his wife Jackie.  Prior to going to law school, Mr. McKelvey attended James Madison University and Central Virginia Community College where he obtained his bachelor's degree in 2.5 years.  Mr. McKelvey decided to become a lawyer in the 10th grade at Liberty High School, after taking a class called Practical Law, and has never looked back.

Outside of work, Mr. McKelvey lives locally with his wife and his two elementary school aged boys who are active in about every kind of sport.  Mr. McKelvey enjoys coaching his children's teams, and also founded and coaches the Botetourt, a local travel basketball team, as well as coaches the offensive line for Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy's varsity football team.  Mr. McKelvey is also active with the Rescue Mission Legal Clinic, his church and several religious ministries, and is usually active on one Bar committee or another.

While every case is different, Mr. McKelvey's goal for all of his clients is to ensure that they are treated fairly...which is the way all of us deserve to be treated. 

Areas Of Practice

  • Personal Injury 100%

Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2010
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Virginia, 2008
  • West Virginia, 2016
  • District of Columbia, 2014


  • Liberty University School of Law, Lynchburg, Virginia
    • J.D. - 2007
    • Honors: CALI Awards: Tax, Bankruptcy
    • Honors: Commercial Law Award
  • James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia
    • B.A. - 2003
    • Honors: Pi Alpha Theta (History Honors)
    • Major: History

Representative Clients

  • Mr. McKelvey helps people from all walks of life.


  • Ethics for the Lawyer Referral Service, Virginia Lawyer Referral Service, 2017
  • Litigation CLE, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, 2018
  • Interstate Discovery: Domestication of Out of State & Foreign Court Orders, 2022

Honors and Awards

  • Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2014 - 2020

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Virginia State Bar, Special Committee on Lawyer Referral, 2013 to Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2008 to Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Young Lawyers Committee, 2012
  • Roanoke Bar Association, 2008 to Present, Member
  • American Association of Justice, Member, 2013 to Present
  • Rising Star for Super Lawyers 2014 to Present
  • Veterans Administration, 2010
  • Social Security Disability, 2012
  • Virginia State Bar, Committee on Fee Dispute Resolution, 2018 to Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Halifax Commonwealth Attorney, Assistant Commonwealth Attorney, 2007 to 2008
  • 25th Judicial Circuit, Escheator, 2012 - present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Santa in the Square, 2009 to 2012
  • No Bills Night, 2010 to 2014
  • Rescue Mission Legal Clinic, 2013 to Present
  • Rescue Mission Legal Volunteer of the Year, 2015

Other Activities

Roanoke Ambassadors Football–Founder & Head Coach