Michael A. Kelly
Mike Kelly has spent more than 35 years honing his skill as one of the nation's top personal injury attorneys. Throughout that time he has focused on protecting consumers from medical mistakes, dangerous automobiles, flawed household products, unsafe drugs and devices, roadway accidents and a host of other injury producing causes. He has tried, arbitrated or settled more than 200 cases where the recovery by his client exceeded $1,000,000.
Selected by "Best Lawyers " as the 2017 Lawyer of The Year in the area of mass torts, and by "Super Lawyers" as a Top Ten designee for 2017-2018, Kelly has been a Law Dragon 500 selectee from 2014-2017 and is consistently listed among the top tier of 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 March, 2017 he obtained a $4,000,000 jury verdict against the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District for the death of a pedestrian struck by one of their buses, and negotiated a major confidential settlement in a failure to diagnose case against Kaiser Health plan for a high tech worker who became disabled. In 2016 he concluded four major cases including a $12.75 million recovery against a domestic auto maker, (auto roll over), a $10.5 million settlement for the wrongful death of a single mother and a $7.5 million birth injury malpractice recovery against a national HM O. In May of 2015 he obtained a record Kaiser Health Plan wrongful death arbitration award. 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 national settlement. His $8,350,000 verdict on behalf of a construction-site worker who lost an arm in a fall in the same year showed his skill in work-site injury cases. His $23,200,000 jury verdict in a birth injury medical malpractice case in Minnesota ranks among the nation's largest verdicts for obstetrical injury.
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. In 2017 he returned to Japan at the request of the Japanese Federation of Bar Associations to teach litigation advocacy courses in Osaka and Tokyo. He is a regular speaker for 360 advocacy, and chairs their annual trucking litigation program. 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, PLI, AAJ, 360 Advocacy and SFTLA. He has long been active in protecting the rights of the underrepresented, working for pedestrian and bicyclist safety, lobbying for medical compensation fairness for malpractice victims and protecting the rights of the LGBT community.
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," his fourth nomination as the SFTLA Trial Lawyer of the Year.
He has been listed as among the "Best Lawyers" in America for 25 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 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, The Summit Counsel and The Irish 100. He has served on the National Board of ABOTA, the governing board of NITA, and the Foundation of ABOTA.
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. He 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)
Teen v. Auto Component Re-Seller
(Vehicle Stability Failure - Paralysis)
Survivors v. General Contractor
(Construction Site Injury - Wrongful Death)
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)
Infant v. HMO
(Gynecology Negligence - Birth Injury)
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