Kelly McGriff was born in Mobile, Alabama. He attended Bayside Academy and Fairhope High School. Kelly graduated from the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama School of Law.
Kelly began the private practice of law commencing in 1993. In 2002, he began his representation of a small, Mobile based start-up fiber optic telecommunications company known as Southern Light, and was named General Counsel thereof in 2005. When acquired by Uniti Group in 2017, Southern Light had grown from a three man operation to a vibrant company employing over 300 Mobilians, with a fiber network comprised of 540,000 fiber strand miles, 5,700 fiber route miles, and over 4,500 on-net locations across the southern United States. Kelly now serves as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, and Head of Litigation of Uniti Group.
As a telecommunications industry veteran, Kelly has worked with Congress, Administrations of both parties, and industry on a wide range of issues. Through his work with the federal government, both at the Federal Communications Commission and on Capitol Hill, Kelly has developed an extensive understanding of the legislative and regulatory processes, working in highly fluid situations at all levels of government with industry, trade associations, national leaders and the media.
Kelly works extensively with the FCC, states, counties, and municipalities to secure Right of Way rights for network infrastructure build across all Uniti’s network, nationwide. In the spring of 2017, Kelly was appointed to the Broadband Deployment Advisory Commission at the FCC by Chairman Ajit Pai. He has served as Chairman of the Commission’s State Model Code Committee, as well as a Member of the Disaster Response and Recovery Committee.
In addition to his work in the telecommunications industry, Kelly is very active in the self-storage industry across Alabama. Kelly works in every aspect of self-storage acquisition, finance, and management, up to the present day.
Kelly and Elizabeth have been married since 1997 and have two grown children. They divide their free time between Colorado and Nantucket.