You don’t have to sit with Keith McClelland for long to determine he is one of the more well connected members of our community. Perched on the top floor of the Shoreline Business & Professional Center next to City Hall, Keith has a fantastic location for walking to one of my favorite sports bars, Jersey’s. Keith and I had a while to chat yesterday and I was fascinated by how well he knows the city of Shoreline.
I found out he moved to Shoreline in 1998 with a commitment to shop locally because he believed in the community. His wife then spent two terms on the planning committee and he joined the Shoreline arts council eventually becoming president. 7 years ago, he along with some other business owners was instrumental in getting the annual North City Jazz Walk going. A musician himself, he write orchestrations and plays piano in a big band. I’ve often found musicians to be good hearted people to talk to, and talking to Keith was no different. He is a friendly gentleman with a kind smile and is a pleasure to talk to.
Having practiced law for nearly as long as I’ve been alive, he displays his knowledge through who is more than through what he says. I could tell from how much he had to say about our fine city, that he could go on for days about the practice of law. As is the case with many attorneys, Keith can handle many different types of cases. As a generalist, he handles civil law, but he specifically is known
His motto is high touch, not high tech. He calls people when he can, instead of emailing. He’d rather have you drop by his office instead of contacting him through his website. In fact, I couldn’t even find his website. Keith serves the needs of local residents in what he calls the sandwich generation. Those who have aging parents and young children. Hey, that’s me!
I asked him, how do people know when they finally reached the point where they need to find an attorney to handle their estate planning? His said that if one parent has passed away, for most people, that would be a good time to talk to him. Of course, this is if you want estate planning and probate advice. I got the impression Keith could handle just about any civil matter you threw at him.
You probably don’t have an ongoing need for what Keith offers, but you are likely to need help with things like wills, trusts, and probate at least once in your life. At the level of supporting your community and making Shoreline a better place, Keith is hard to beat. If you want to help support local businesses, but you don’t happen to have a need for his services, here’s what I suggest…
- Send him referrals. It doesn’t even matter if they become clients. If anyone you know says something like “I need an attorney”, tell them to call Keith. If he can’t help, he’ll absolutely refer them to someone who will be excellent.
- Support the Jazz Walk. Go there in August when it’s happening. If you are merchant in North City, pay the $60 bucks, open you doors, and join in. If you have any time at all, offer to volunteer on the committee. They need more bodies.
- Stop by and introduce yourself to him. Like I said, he’s not a big fan of technology, but if you want to meet someone who’s got his finger on the pulse of the city, Keith McClelland is one of those guys.