San Francisco Trial Lawyer Michael A. Kelly was recently elected by the International Society of Barristers as their 2012-2013 President. The International Society of Barristers is one of the three most selective legal honor societies for litigators and has a membership that consists of some of the most elite trial attorneys in the world. Kelly has belonged to the organization since 1999, and previously served as its Northern California membership chair.
Kelly is a partner at the downtown San Francisco law firm of Walkup, Melodia, Kelly and Schoenberger and focuses his practice on complex personal injury and wrongful death litigation. He has litigated many high-profile national mass tort cases involving failing medical devices, defective products and dangerous pharmaceuticals. Currently, Kelly serves as co-lead counsel in the California Judicial Counsel Coordinated Proceedings arising from the Johnson and Johnson /DePuy hip recall.
In addition to being a four-time “Trial Lawyer of the Year” nominee of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Kelly has also been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America for 19 consecutive years.
Kelly currently sits on the Board of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and is dedicated to educating the next generation of litigators. He has taught litigation skills internationally and for 20 years as adjunct professor at U. C. Hastings College of the Law.