If you’re a rider in the Chicagoland area, you have probably already heard of the Law Tigers, “Chicagoland’s Motorcycle Injury Lawyers Who Ride.”
However, you may not know how deep their dedication to protecting and defending riders actually runs. Tim Kelly, the founder of Kelly Law Offices considered it a great honor when the American Association of Motorcycle Injury Lawyers approached him and asked him to join the Law Tiger team. Although Kelly has been representing riders suffering from injuries since graduating Law School in 1972 and has taken many motorcycle cases to trial, a chilling phone call two years ago made it personal. Lynn Shively, a paralegal who has loyally worked with Tim for over 15 years had gone down on her motorcycle, resulting in serious injuries.
“I saw what Lynn had to go through. I saw how she was being treated by the insurance company. I guess I had never really realized that a rider was at such a disadvantage until it was someone close to me. From that point forward, I was profoundly committed to helping fellow riders in their time of need. Every lawyer in my firm has made the same commitment. So, joining the Law Tigers just seemed like a perfect fit.”
Thankfully, Lynn fully recovered and is still riding and still working for Kelly Law Offices. Everyday she fights alongside Kelly and the rest of the Law Tiger lawyers to protect the rights of other motorcycle crash victims.
“We do absolutely anything in our power to help our clients. I have ridden out to people’s homes to meet with them and, unfortunately, even been to a couple of hospitals. We take care of property damage claims for the bikes for free, deal with the insurance companies from day one; anything we can to make that time after the crash as bearable as possible. We realize that after a crash, riders have bigger things to worry about then the legal stuff. Believe me, I know first hand how difficult it can really be and I know how important it is to have someone there for you right away,” says Shively.
As for Kelly, he does more than just stand by Lynn and his rider clients. He rides along side them. Kelly owns a Harley Davidson Night Train and he’s a member of the American Association of Motorcycle Injury Lawyers, ABATE, Harley Owners Group, the AMA and MRF.
Amy Blythe, the Law Tigers public relations director told Quick Throttle, “A lawyer who has ridden, taken the proper riding classes and actually owns a motorcycle knows the dangers riders face on the road. The Law Tigers won’t doubt your riding ability when you explain how you had to maneuver your bike to save your own life. They just get it. They care about their own and that’s what distinguishes the Law Tigers from others.”
Blythe went on to say, “It’s our goal that every rider has our free Biker Benefit Card and that they carry it in their wallet or on their keychain. But we also hope they never need to take it out to call us.”
To Kelly, the concept of Law Tigers symbolizes not only the fight for riders after they’ve been hit, but the prevention of these crashes. The Law Tigers’ motto is “Start Seeing Motorcycles.” It’s plastered all over their t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, bumper stickers, signs, etc.
The Law Tigers feel the best way to help riders is injury prevention, and they want that message out there. You can see Kelly’s passion for his fellow riders when he says, “We support anything that positively influences the lives of riders; donating to charity rides and fundraisers, attending any motorcycle related events, working closely with over 90 motorcycle shops in our area, the list goes on and on. We, the Law Tigers, give back to the motorcycle community. It’s the least we can do when there’s so much out there working against riders. We want to level the playing field. We want to support our own.”