In 2012, Mr. Kelly was once again honored by Super Lawyers as one of Northern California's Top Ten attorneys - the 5th consecutive year he has received this honor. His practice is varied and diverse – he currently serves as lead counsel in the California JCCP for the Johnson and Johnson / DePuy ASR Hip Recall cases while at the same time prosecuting multiple complex government liability, medical negligence and automobile related catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims both in and out of California. In 2011 he was honored with the Oliphant Award by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy for his pro bono contributions to advocacy teaching. In 2010 he was voted the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association "Trial Lawyer of the Year" and nominated for the Consumer Attorneys of California "Consumer Attorney of the Year" award (his second such nomination). In 2009 he was chosen by the readers of San Francisco's Recorder legal newspaper as the "Best Personal Injury Attorney" in San Francisco and featured on the cover of the 2009 Northern California Super Lawyers magazine. At various times he has held or shared the record for the largest verdict in particular case types in San Francisco, Sacramento, Santa Clara and Sonoma counties. His 2010 $23,200,000 jury verdict in an obstetrical negligence case in Willmar, Minnesota, ranks among the nation's largest verdicts ever for a birth injury. Besides California, Mr. Kelly has successfully litigated matters in Oregon, Hawaii, Colorado, Alaska, Minnesota, New Mexico and the Territory of Guam. He has obtained 8-figure jury verdicts and settlements in product liability, wrongful death, obstetrical injury, medical negligence and vehicle collision cases. He holds an "AV" rating (highest rating) from Martindale-Hubbell and has been favorably profiled in numerous legal periodicals.
He has been involved in more than 150 cases where his client(s) recovered $1,000,000 or more by way of trial, arbitration, mediation or settlement. He is a four-time "Trial Lawyer of the Year" nominee of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. In 2012 he was selected for the 19th consecutive year as one of the Best Lawyers in America..
He has been recognized by his peers by election to the most selective and prestigious legal honorary societies including the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is a National Board member of ABOTA, and serves on the ABOTA National Foundation Board of Trustees. In April 2012 he was elected as President of the International Society of Barristers.
His commitment to legal education and pro-bono work is widely known. Over his career he has served as an invited speaker at more than 150 continuing education seminars for attorneys across the country on subjects including trial practice, cross-examination, evidence, opening statement and final argument.. In 2008 - 2010 he visited Japan (Tokyo, Osaka) to assist in the training of Japanese attorneys involved in Japan's new Saiban-in jury trial system. He has also taught litigation skills in Britain, Ireland, Scotland and Eastern Europe He teaches for NITA, the California Continuing Education of the Bar, ABOTA , CAOC, SFTLA and The Rutter Group.
He is a summa cum laude graduate of St. Mary's College of California and obtained his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1976. For the last 37 years he has specialized in the resolution of complex plaintiff's personal injury claims, including claims for wrongful death, and those arising from product liability, government negligence, obstetrical mismanagement, drug and device failure, vehicle defects and vehicle collisions.
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