Meet Kellye Harkey: Legal Assistant, Devoted Grandma, and Avid Camper


kellye-harkeyFor our next installment of the “THL People Series,” I talked with Kellye Harkey, a legal assistant who has been with TorHoerman Law for the last two and a half years. Although she is based out of our Edwardsville office, Kellye assists the attorneys working out of our Philadelphia office, but when needed, Kellye is a team player who helps out anyone and everyone.

I sat down with Kellye on an incredibly dreary, rainy Monday afternoon, but she was nothing but smiles as I asked her questions about her life. Unbeknownst to myself, Kellye has traveled the world and seen amazing sights in Germany and South Korea which she said was one of the most interesting things she’s ever done.

What really caught my attention was talking about her life here in Illinois; she’s a self-less woman devoted to helping those around her. The shining example is her dedication as a Grandma to raising her ten-year-old granddaughter, Emma.

With that being said, we’re proud to present this month’s “THL People Series” featuring Kellye Harkey!


1. Tell me a little about yourself.

I was raised in this area, and other than living on a few different army bases in California, Kentucky, Germany, and South Korea, I’ve lived here most of my life. I’m married and raising my granddaughter who just turned 10.


2. What do you do at TorHoerman Law?

I’m a legal assistant and work for Max Kennerly and Kim Loutey out of our Pennsylvania office. Beyond that, I jump in and help others in the office whenever I’m needed.


3. What do you enjoy about your job?

I’ve worked for TorHoerman Law for the past two and a half years and really enjoy it. I like the aspect of being able to help people by walking them through the legal processes. Many are not familiar with the legal industry so I enjoy talking with our clients and explaining everything.


4. What do you like to do in your free time?

Camping and swimming with my husband and granddaughter. We camp quite a bit at Carylye Lake in southern Illinois and have a pool in our backyard. Honestly, I just like being near water.


5. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done or seen this week?

Last weekend, we visited the Arch in St. Louis. I’m sort of afraid of heights and originally wasn’t going to lean over and look out the windows at the top, but I did and it didn’t bother me at all. I challenged myself because it was something I really wanted to do and say I’ve done.


6. What song or artist do you like but rarely admit to liking?

Well, I’m a big fan of the Beatles, but I would definitely admit that so probably Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty who were two of my favorites back in the day.


7. What’s something that happened or something that someone said that changed how you view the world?

I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer, but losing my daughter to suicide changed how I view the world.


8. What have you created that you are most proud of?

I created a big, huge cross stitch in the shape of an Army emblem as a retirement gift. It turned out really good.


9. What are two interesting facts about you?

This is hard…. Well, I’ve been to and lived in South Korea and Germany because of the military. I also have a twin brother.


10. What was the best compliment you’ve received?

The best compliment I can receive is when someone tells me that I am doing a good job raising my granddaughter. It means a lot.


11. Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?

South Korea by far.

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