Multi award-winning writer/producer David E. Kelley is the mind behind some of
America’s most distinctive television series. As creator of the Emmy, Peabody and Golden Globe
Award-winning shows “Boston Legal”, “The Practice”, and “Ally McBeal”, the critically
acclaimed dramatic series “Boston Public”, “Chicago Hope” and “Picket Fences”, Kelley’s
groundbreaking dramas continue to address contemporary issues such as social justice, diversity
His latest projects include the adaption of Liane Moriarty’s book “Big Little Lies” which
has received multiple awards including an Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series as well as 4
Golden Globes, the critically acclaimed adaption of Stephen King’s “Mr. Mercedes” and the
drama series “Goliath”.
Kelley was an attorney practicing law in Boston before venturing into the world of
entertainment. While still a lawyer, he wrote the feature film “From the Hip,” which earned the
attention of “L.A. Law” co-creator Steven Bochco. He joined “L.A. Law” as a writer in 1986,
quickly climbing the ranks to producer. After Bochco’s departure, Kelley earned five Emmy
Awards as a producer and writer, as well as 13 Emmy nominations. “L.A. Law” won the Emmy
Award for Outstanding Drama Series four out of the five seasons in which Kelley participated. In
addition, Kelley earned five nominations from the Writers Guild of America. Following “L.A.
Law,” he co-created the popular series, “Doogie Howser, M.D.”
Born in Waterville, Maine, Kelley graduated from Princeton University in 1979, where he
served as captain of the hockey team. He received his law degree from the Boston University
School of Law in 1983. Kelley’s background in law has greatly influenced his storytelling and
ability to create thought provoking television that resonates with viewers across the world.
Kelley also has a large interest in wild fish conservation, with investments in sustainable
aquaculture. He is the founder of Riverence, the second largest producer of trout in North
America, with eight farms across Idaho and Washington State.
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