Mike Kelly has spent more than 30 years honing his skill as one of the nation's top personal injury attorneys. Throughout that time he has focused on protecting consumers from dangerous automobiles, flawed household products, medical mistakes, unsafe drugs and devices, roadway accidents and a host of other injury producing causes. He has tried, arbitrated or settled more than 175 cases where the recovery by his client exceeded $1,000,000.
A Law Dragon 500 selectee in 2014 and 2015 he has been consistently listed among the best lawyers in the country in cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, brain injury, paralysis and medical malpractice. A member of the prestigious Inner Circle of Advocates, Kelly has multiple 7 and 8 figure jury verdicts. In May of 2015 he obtained a record Kaiser Health Plan wrongful death award after arbitration. His $8,341,000 verdict in the first DePuy ASR /Johnson and Johnson metal-on-metal artificial hip trial set the standard for verdicts in the nationwide hip implant litigation and helped produce a 2.5 billion dollar national settlement. His 2014 settlement of a New Mexico dram shop case for in excess of $7,000,000 at the conclusion of trial set a record in that venue. His $8,350,000 verdict on behalf of a construction-site worker who lost an arm in a fall showed his skill in work site injury cases. His $23,200,000 jury verdict in a birth injury medical malpractice case in Minnesota in 2010 ranks among the nation's largest verdicts ever for obstetrical injury. In 2014 he was given a Presidential Award of Merit by the Consumer Attorneys of California for his efforts on behalf of victims of medical malpractice.
Beyond his stellar results in the courtroom, Kelly is proud of his contributions to the legal community locally, nationally and globally. He has presented more than two hundred invited lectures, tutorials, presentations, seminars and advocacy demonstrations across the United States, and in Asia, South America, the United Kingdom and Eastern Europe. He served for ten years as the director of teacher training programs for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. He lectures regularly for the California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), The Rutter Group, CAOC, ABOTA, AAJ and SFTLA. He has long been active in protecting the rights of the underrepresented, working for pedestrian and cyclist safety, lobbying for medical compensation fairness for malpractice victims and protecting the rights of same sex spouses.
In 2014, he was selected as the Trial Lawyer of the Year by the California chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. In 2012 he was honored by the Consumer Attorneys of California with the Robert E. Cartwright award, for his work teaching Trial Advocacy. In 2011 he was honored by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy with the Robert Oliphant Award, recognizing his pro bono contributions to advocacy teaching. In 2010 he was voted the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association's "Trial Lawyer of the Year." This was his fourth nomination as SFTLA Trial Lawyers of the Year. In 2009 he was chosen by the readers of San Francisco's Recorder legal newspaper as the "Best Personal Injury Attorney" in San Francisco.
He has been listed as among the "Best Lawyers" in America for 20 consecutive years. He holds an "AV" rating (highest rating) from Martindale-Hubbell. He has been elected to the most selective legal honorary societies including the Inner Circle of Advocates, the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers (for whom he served as President in 2012-2013), the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and The Summit Counsel. He has served on the National Board of ABOTA, the governing board of NITA, the Foundation of ABOTA, and the boards of numerous charities.
Mr. Kelly graduated summa cum laude from St. Mary's College of California in 1973. He obtained his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1976. He was an Assistant Professor of Law at Hastings from 1981 - 2001. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Patricia and has four adult children: Carolyn, Sean, Conor and Monica.
Noteworthy Verdicts and Settlements
Rogers v. Associated Clinics
(Obstetric Malpractice - Brain Injury)
$23,200,000 Jury Verdict
Goodloe v. Bell Sports, Inc.
(Defective Bicycle Helmet - Brain Injury)
$17,000,000 Jury Verdict
Rachel K. v. Truck Line Operator
(Bicycle v. Semi-Truck - Catastrophic Injuries)
Family of H. v. UpRight, Inc.
(Defective Industrial Product - Wrongful Death)
Twins v. Fertility Center
(Fertility Clinic Negligence - Congenital Disease)
Dahl V. Stone M.D.
(Paraplegia - Medical Malpractice)
$9,420,840 Jury Verdict
Perry v. Budget Rent-A-Car
$8,775,000 Jury Verdict
Kammerer v. Alimak Hek, Inc.
(Construction Site Fall - Arm Amputation)
$8,350,000 Jury Verdict
Kransky v. DePuy Inc.
(Defective Metal on Metal Prosthetic Hip)
$8,300,000 Jury Verdict
Widow v. National Package Delivery
(Truck v. Auto Collision - Wrongful Death)
Henry V. v. PG&E
(Electrocution - Utility Negligence)
Child v. Pediatric Neurosurgeon
(Quadriplegia - Surgical Error)
Family vs. S.F. Hospital
(Wrongful Death -Medical Malpractice )
Johnston v. American Honda Motor Co.
(Product Liability - Wrongful Death)
$5,760,000 Jury Verdict
Software Engineer v. Hospital Corp.
(Failure to Diagnose Aneurysm - Brain Damage)
Diana C. v. Device Maker
(Defective Medical Device - Paralysis)
Richard L. v HMO
(Failure to Diagnose Spinal Abscess)
Olivier v. Petroleum Supplier
(Loss of Leg - Motorcycle Accident)
Student v. Valley Unified School District
(Negligent School Supervision Paraplegia)
Michael O. v. County of Kern
(Dangerous Highway - Brain Damage)
Richard T. v. HMO
(Brain Damage - Failure to Diagnose Cardiomyopathy)
Machinist v. Industrial Machine Design
(Product Liability - Brain Damage)
Infant v. HMO
(Birth Injury - Diplegia)
Jastrab v. Kelada
(Failure to Diagnose Infection - Permanent Leg Injury)
$3,170,000 Jury Verdict
Ethier v. Poindexter
(Wrongful Death of Child)
$3,030,000 Jury Verdict
Student v. Daimler-Chrysler
(Defective Seatbelt - Spinal Cord Injury)
Michael N. v. U.S. Automaker
(Vehicle Stability Defect - Rollover Accident)
Baby Y. v. Sutter Health
(Failure to Diagnose Kernicterus)
Kemp v. Kaiser Permanente
(Wrongful Death of Wife & Mother)
$2,730,000 Binding Arbitration Award
Kozusko v. Parke-Davis
(Defective Prescription Drug - Liver Failure)
Govil v. Golden Gate Bridge District
(Defective Bridge Rail - Death of Toddler)
Magana v. Sunshine
(Trench Cave-In -Abdominal Injury)