David E. Kelley is an American screenwriter and showrunner. He created ''Series/PicketFences'', ''Series/ChicagoHope'', ''Series/ThePractice'', ''Series/AllyMcBeal'', ''Series/BostonPublic'', ''Series/BostonLegal'', ''Series/HarrysLaw'' and ''Series/MondayMornings'', and co-created ''Series/DoogieHowserMD'' with StevenBochco. Most recently, he's become known again for adapting Creator/StephenKing's Hodges Trilogy (''Literature/MrMercedes'', ''Literature/FindersKeepers'', and ''Literature/EndOfWatch'') for television, assisted by King himself as executive producer and Series/GameOfThrones alum Jack Bender as director.

He was before creating his own series a story editor and writer on the [[LawProcedural genre-wise]] seminal ''Series/LALaw'', as well as co-writing the movie ''From The Hip'' (about, [[SarcasmMode surprisingly]], an unconventional lawyer).

Married to Creator/MichellePfeiffer.

!!Tropes common to David E. Kelley's work include:
* CreatorsPet: Invoked. Kelley is not ashamed to sideline old characters in favour of new ones. A good example would be Alan Shore on ''Series/ThePractice''. James Spader received last billing in the opening credits but he was essentially the de facto lead for the last season, overshadowing all of the more established characters.
* {{Crossover}}: Most of Kelley's shows have crossed over with at least one other. As a result, pretty much all of his shows take place in the same universe/continuity.
* ReclusiveArtist: According to a few of his actors, he's painfully shy and prefers to stay in the proverbial shadows.
* WriteWhatYouKnow: Kelley was a lawyer before becoming a professional writer.