John D. Adair

John is known for giving level-headed, practical advice and for the way he builds and maintains relationships with clients and in the community and beyond. Clients consider him a problem solver and a good listener. While John is well-versed in many areas of the law, if he determines that another attorney’s expertise is a better fit for your needs, John makes sure your case gets into the best possible hands.

John brings years of experience to all matters relating to probate, including administration of wills and trusts, guardianships, and conservatorships. When disputes over estates arise, John steps in to represent clients’ interests. People who want to get affairs in order so assets pass smoothly to their heirs often seek out John for advice. Estate planning is custom-tailored for each client. Not everyone needs a trust, John says, just because a friend has one or a magazine article claims that everybody needs a trust.

Many people seek out John to help protect and preserve their assets or the assets of a loved one prior to a need for nursing home care.  John’s knowledge of the law and attention to detail in preparing a Medicaid application can result in much greater financial peace of mind for a family than if the transition is handled by themselves.

In the area of general business law or commercial law, John’s experience covers most issues that business owners face, whether the business is long-standing or a start-up. These include: appropriately positioning a business for legal and tax benefit; advice on, or handling of, annual compliance matters; buying or selling a business, and succession planning.

In real estate matters, John’s experience includes buying and selling property, development of residential property, commercial projects, and condominiums.

John has litigated cases at all levels of the court system in Michigan. Prior to joining Kelly Law Firm, he was with Hill Devendorf, P.C., in Port Huron (partner, 2001-2013; associate, 1998-2000).

He interned for the Hon. Dorothy Comstock Riley, Michigan Supreme Court, in 1996-1997.

• Elder Law • Trusts and Wills • Guardianships & Conservatorships
• Probate Administration • Civil Litigation • Business Law and Organization
• Real Estate Law • Family Law • Municipal Law

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Community ServicesBorn and raised in Port Huron, John has been long-committed to the community.  His service in leadership positions includes:

  • St. Clair County Community College Board of Trustees (past chairman)
  • Port Huron Civic Theatre (past officer)
  • Rotary Club of Port Huron (past president, parade co-chair)
  • Blue Water Council Boy Scouts of America (past president, den leader)
  • Port Huron Business Association (past president)
  • Knights of Columbus Council 11756
  • Operation Transformation (chair of Certification Committee)
  • St. Mary’s Church Port Huron (lector, eucharistic minister, past Parish Council member)
  • Visiting Nurse Association (director)
  • Marwood Nursing and Rehab Foundation (Men Who Cook Committee)
  • Port Huron Beautification Commission (past chairman)
  • Blue Water Area Chamber of Commerce (Public Affairs Committee)
  • Little League Baseball coach, Youth Hockey coach.

About JohnWhen he’s not working or volunteering, John and his wife Natalie chase their kids around from ball fields to gymnasiums to theaters.Education

  • Wayne State University, JD, 1998; Wayne Law Review
  • Michigan State University, BA, Marketing (with honors), 1995
  • St. County Community College (transfer credits), 1991-1993


  • Note:  Michigan’s Highway Exception to Governmental Immunity: Advice to the Legislature for Forming a Clear Rule of Law.
  • The Wayne Law Review, Fall 1997, 43 Wayne L. Rev. 1997



Mellea Panduren

Assistant to John D. Adair – Medicaid Specialist



Elizabeth Meyer

Paralegal to John D. Adair