Hello, my name is Adam Kielich. It’s pronounced “key lick”. It’s probably not the pronunciation you thought the first time you read it. It’s ok. It’s Polish. Our last names are confusing.
Juris Doctor, cum laude
Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (now Texas A&M University School of Law)
I received my Juris Doctor (J.D.), cum laude from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in downtown Fort Worth. I graduated third in my class. While attending I co-founded the law school’s student Labor and Employment Law Association and participated in the Texas Wesleyan Law Clinic, which helps low income families with family law issues.
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
University of North Texas
“What’s Not to ‘Like’ About Workplace Harassment?”
National Law Review, November 2012
“Time to Retire the ESOP from the 401k: Assessing the Liabilities of KSOP Structures in Light of ERISA Fiduciary Duties and Modern Alternatives”
National Law Review, December 2010
Media Appearances as an Attorney
“Ten Questions to Ask Yourself before Ending Your Marriage” by Brittany Wong, Huffington Post, September 10, 2015
“Eight Pieces of Advice for Divorce in Your 20s” by Brittany Wong, Huffington Post, August 13, 2015
“Vanguard Hit With Suit Over Ex-Employee’s Dyslexia” by Beagan Wilcox, Ignites: A Financial Times Service, May 7, 2014
“Vanguard Socked With Claims of Bias, ‘Managing Out'” by Beagan Wilcox, Ignotes: A Financial Times Service, June 18, 2014
“Are Certain Job Descriptions Sneakily Discouraging Women from Applying?” by Catherine Conlan, Monster.com Career Blog, July 14, 2014.
Bar & Court Admissions
State Bar of Texas
State Bar of Texas Labor & Employment Section
Association for Entrepreneurial Attorneys
Dallas Bar Association
Tarrant County Bar Association
National Pension Lawyers Network
Fort Worth, Texas Mayor’s Committee on Persons with Disability
Why I Became an Attorney
One of the unfortunate aspects of our society is how easy it is for one person to take advantage of another person, but how difficult it is to successfully fight back. Three areas of life where I find this to be true is in family law and employment law. I saw an opportunity to help people stand up and fight back. That is why I went to law school to become an attorney and practice in these areas. Employment is probably the area where it is so easy to be taken advantage of. I’ve worked many jobs from my first job as a busboy to retail, sales, finance, freight management operations and management. One thing that rang true in each of these jobs: how easy it was for the business to mistreat its employees.
I spent most of my career prior to law school and becoming an attorney working in employee benefits, an extremely complicated area of law. Six years were spent with a health insurance company. Next I moved to Fidelity Investments where I spent four years working with employer sponsored retirement plans, such as 401k, defined benefit pensions and executive compensation plans. At Fidelity Investments I worked with companies of all sizes including some of the nation’s largest employers including General Motors, Hewlett-Packard, Bank of America, Time Warner and AT&T. This experience not only gives me substantial expertise in benefit plan issues but the ability as an attorney to help clients stand up to even the biggest employers.
A Little More about Me
I lived in the Dallas/Fort Worth area since I was three when my parents packed up the family and left Arizona. I went to school there from kindergarten through law school. After spending thirty-four years in Texas, my wife and I decided it was time for a change and moved to Denver, Colorado where I continue to practice law.
My wife and I enjoy traveling when work permits vacation. Our two very needy cats do not enjoy our absence but a good work-life balance is important. We enjoy craft beer and brew our own beer. I am a tremendous fan of sour beer, saison and almost anything in a cask. I also enjoy a good Speyside or Highlands scotch and I rarely let a morning go by without coffee.