Kelley Way was born and raised in Walnut Creek. She graduated from UC Davis with a B.A. in English and a minor in Music, and proceeded from there to attend the UC Davis School of Law, where she received her juris doctorate in 2010. She then did a one year fellowship at the Pacific Justice Institute, during which time she was approached by her first client, the copyright holder of a New York Times bestselling fantasy series. After the successful resolution of the case, she opened her own law firm. Kelley is a member of the California State Bar, including the Section of Intellectual Property Law; the American Bar Association, including the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division, and the ABA Forum Committee on Entertainment and Sports Industries; the Contra Costa County Bar Association, including the Estate Planning and Probate Section, the Intellectual Property Section, and the Solo and Small Firm Section; and the Christian Legal Society.