Skip to Content

Adams and Reese Partner Kirby Shealy is among 41 Midlands business leaders selected as Fellows for the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI).

Through the DLI program, these Fellows will have new tools and perspectives to leverage diversity to improve organizational outcomes and drive social and economic progress in South Carolina. The spring 2023 Midlands DLI Class is the 15th class overall. There are more than 2,600 Riley Fellows. Members are selected through a rigorous application and interview process after being nominated by DLI alumni.

Over five months, the class will examine issues related to diversity and inclusion and gain tools to develop strategies within their own organizations. Class members will develop capstone projects, partnering with nonprofit organizations to respond to real challenges and opportunities in their communities. DLI classes are facilitated by Juan Johnson, an independent consultant who was The Coca-Cola Company’s first-ever vice president for diversity strategy.

At Adams and Reese, Shealy practices in the Adams and Reese Columbia office and represents clients in commercial litigation, construction, title defect, professional negligence, insurance coverage, and products liability matters. He also defends catastrophic injury, mass tort, and toxic tort claims against trucking, manufacturing, and other commercial enterprises at both the trial and appellate level. In addition, Shealy advises charter schools and other non-profit entities on a variety of governance issues and regularly defends corporate directors and officers from breach of fiduciary duty claims.

Shealy earned his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law and received his B.A. in History from Davidson College.