Dear Friends:

My family and AKD have been blessed to volunteer with and to support March of Dimes for many years. This year, my lovely wife Kaitlin, cheery son Jack, and I are honored to serve as the March of Dimes Ambassador Family for the Signature Chef’s Auction. We ask with very personal emphasis that ALL of you support the March’s mission with us, as the story of baby Jack’s premature birth is told at the event.

The auction annually brings out many of the best chefs in our city, which means some of the best anywhere in the world! Beyond our famous food and music, we are all proud of our city’s heart and our culture. And why not? In the last decade, South Louisiana has become world renowned as a symbol of rebirth — as we have persevered through numerous disasters. Each time we have joined together to overcome calamity.

Living in New Orleans offers a unique experience, one that’s been beautifully captured in features like the New Orleans living feature. Our city’s resilience is not just about overcoming natural disasters but also about embracing our unique NOLA traits.

As we navigate through challenges, from late-discovered hurricane damages to unfortunate events like car accidents where understanding calculating lost wages becomes crucial, we also lean on methods like alternative dispute resolution to find amicable solutions. It’s this spirit of unity and adaptability that makes our community so special.

The event will be Friday, October 28th., at the Sheraton, New Orleans. If you can buy a table and bring a group, that would be great. Or if you can come alone or as a couple, we can get you seated with other mutual friends. Just let me know or the MOD staff. If you cannot attend in person, we ask that you, please make a donation now to support the ongoing work of the March of Dimes which has benefitted all of us and will continue to help each new mother and baby.

Please visit the Signature Chef’s Auction event page to buy your tickets and/or donate.


Bart Kelly, III

In 2003, after being dissatisfied with the quality of legal care for victims of car accidents, Roderick ‘Rico’ Alvendia sought to establish a new firm focused on providing high-quality legal services to aid injured victims and their families. J. Bart Kelly, sharing Rico’s passion for upholding justice, joined the firm later that year, and established a partnership.

  • They helped me with every need possible. The back issues I had could have been much worse if they didn’t step in and help me. Bart, Megan, and all the people that work for this legal team are amazing. I would recommend them to anyone. Thank you all for helping me each step of the way. I can’t thank these people enough.

    - T. Gibson-Warren

  • I want to thank the whole team for all your help and persistence with my settlement. I truly appreciate.

    - A. Alfortish

  • Great experiences every time I need you guys. I always recommend your firm.

    - W. Young

  • Bart and his team were wonderful to work with. It was clear that their vision and determination to fight for our case, is why we were able to reach a settlement, where my previous attorney was not.

    - C. Perez

  • Bart Kelly and his legal team reevaluated my case after another attorney backed away from a legal challenge, I just want to say Thank You to mr kelly and his team for the hard work and dedication to my case to make it successful . Thank You

    - N. Gex

  • Attorney Kelly is an impeccable attorney. He has represented me extremely well. I was very, very, very pleased with the outcome of my settlement. He’s highly recommended … to give assistance to anyone. I thank him for his services and I’m super elated over the way he handled the case. He is a phenomenal lawyer.

    - S. Spears

  • I’ve learned the importance of having good coverage insurance, thanks to Mr. Kelly explaining everything to me. We do not hope or wait for accidents, but rest assured that I will call Mr. Kelly again if I need his services. Thank you.

    - Ann Zimmer

  • Being represented by Mr. Kelly and his legal team was a very awesome experience. They were very patient and they worked really hard in resolving my case. I would most definitely refer them to all my friends and associates. Thank you very much.

    - Nathaniel Bonney

  • I am very grateful for Mr. Bart’s assistance. He was very professional and fair. I never felt like a client with him. I always felt like a close friend. Also, I would like to thank everyone in the office for being friendly, kind, and for helping me.

    - Glac Mantuso

  • Just want to say thanks a lot because I received way more than I expected. You guys did a wonderful job of getting the max for myself and my family. Everyone I met or spoke to on the phone was really professional and nice. Once again, thanks a lot.

    - Jessica Quinn

  • J. Bart Kelly is the best attorney I have ever met. He is intelligent, caring, understanding, and knows how to protect his clients. I love his strong take-charge attitude to fight for what is right.

    - Teri Haas

  • My lawyer took the time to explain everything in a clear and concise manner. I’ve been treated fairly and with the utmost respect. I am very appreciative of all of the staff at AKD for their services.

    - James Barber

  • I am grateful for the way that my case was handled. Thanks.

    - Darryl Hill

  • Thanks to Bart and Meg. Fantastic group of people and team. Love you guys.

    - Claudine Hope

  • I was involved in a terrible accident and had a lot of serious injuries. I was so happy that Bart (and his team, including his nurse paralegal) was my attorney. The results were much more than expected as far as the settlement. Thanks.

    - Karen Bourgeois

  • I received exceptional service from the law office of Bart Kelly. He is a great attorney who cares about what you are going through, and I am very pleased with the outcome.

    - Melissa Sanchez

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