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Conor M. Kelly

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Conor M. Kelly is a tireless advocate for victims of injustice recognized by Daily Journal as one of 2021’s Top 40 Under 40 Lawyers in California and awarded the 2019 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association.

Conor specializes in complex personal injury and wrongful death cases and has a long track record of success. Conor has extensive experience in cases involving traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and catastrophic orthopedic injuries. He has represented victims of dangerous products, premises liability, vehicle negligence, workplace injuries and medical malpractice.

His victories in the courtroom have included numerous seven and eight-figure jury verdicts often in cases where the defendants offered little or no money before trial. Conor’s recent verdicts include a $38.6 million jury verdict on behalf of a 19-year-old client rendered quadriplegic by medical negligence; a $5.4 million jury verdict on behalf of a family harmed in a multi-vehicle collision involving a Supershuttle van; and a $3.0 million verdict for negligent building maintenance which resulted in a deadly electrical fire inside a tenant’s apartment.

Conor also has experience handling multi-party claims mass tort having represented a group of Irish Nationals in premises liability and construction defect claims stemming from the tragic Berkeley Balcony Collapse of June 2015 which resulted in the deaths of six people and severe injuries to seven others. He is active in ongoing litigation against manufacturers of deadly e-cigarette products.

I hired Conor Kelly to represent me and it was the best experience I've ever had with an attorney.

I hired Conor Kelly to represent me and it was the best experience I've ever had with an attorney. I never felt like he was over selling or unnecessarily raising my expectations. He listens well, explains the process, debates the options and then let me make a decision. The other thing that impressed me was his responsiveness. How often have you heard about a people being ignored by their attorney? In the end he got the maximum amount possible for my injuries and my property damage.

Client

He was thorough and kind which helped me through this very difficult time.

Thank you to Conor Kelly and his staff. He was thorough and kind which helped me through this very difficult time. I believe his professionalism and the reputation of his firm were instrumental in the outcome of my case. Thank you again.

Client

He was attentive, thorough, knowledgeable, always promptly responsive to inquiry, and wise in advice.

His performance was superior in every detail. He was attentive, thorough, knowledgeable, always promptly responsive to inquiry, and wise in advice. He was successful in the lawsuit, and the settlement was better than initially expected. At a personal level, he was considerate and sympathetic to deal with.

Client

Conor Kelly and Joseph Nicholson and their most professional team handled my case.

Conor Kelly and Joseph Nicholson and their most professional team handled my case. They were no less than amazing and negotiated a settlement that was amazing, and well above my expectations. The bottom line is, if you are in need of an attorney, this firm is the best of the best.

Client

No matter what the issue, Conor and his team were there, ready to answer, and made the entire process very simple.

My initial attempts with the insurance company were unsuccessful so I turned to WMKS after a recommendation from another law firm. My case was immediately given attention and it never stopped from there. No matter what the issue, Conor and his team were there, ready to answer, and made the entire process very simple. The insurance company settled out of court and funds were recovered that I never would have seen if I did not hire Conor.

Client

Conor has been recognized of one of the Best Lawyers in America. He is a member of the Irish Legal 100, a select group of distinguished legal professional in the United States who are of Irish descent. He is recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer.

A native of San Francisco, Conor is active in the Bay Area legal community. He has served as an adjunct professor at his alma mater, the University of California, Hastings Law School and regularly serves as an invited speaker at continuing legal education programs. He is a member of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Consumer Attorneys of California, American Association of Justice and San Francisco Bar Association. Conor lives in San Francisco with his wife and three young children.

Noteworthy Verdicts and Settlements

  • Myrick v. Hansa, M.D. – Quadriplegia, $38,614,587 – Jury Verdict
  • Retiree v. Trucking Company – Traumatic Brain Injury, $7,000,000 – Settlement
  • Cody C. v. Western Recycling Co. – Trucking Accident, $6,500,000 – Settlement
  • John S. v. Trenching Company – Severe Orthopedic Injuries, $6,000,000 – Settlement
  • Kim v. Zarour – Multi-Vehicle Highway Collision, $5,483,776 – Jury Verdict
  • Joseph G. v. Street Sweeper Inc. – Motorcycle Accident, $5,000,000 – Settlement
  • Gavello v. Millman – Medical Negligence Wrongful Death, $3,977,830 – Jury Verdict
  • Eberle v. Perry – Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, $3,500,000 – Settlement
  • Belo v. Bally Hallinan Properties – Premises Liability, $3,000,000 – Jury Verdict
  • In re: Yacht Capsize – Maritime Accident, $2,850,000 – Settlement
  • Wyatt v. USA – Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, $2,250,000 – Settlement

Honors and Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association of Justice, Member, 2008 – Present
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • California State Bar Association, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteers as a Teacher, Lowell High School’s Mock Trial Program
  • Volunteers, UC Hastings Mock Trial Program

Community Involvement

From the founding of our firm in the 1960s up through the present, Walkup team members have consistently contributed to the welfare and improvement of the people and communities of the Bay Area and Northern California.

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Areas of Practice

    • Personal Injury
    • Vehicular Negligence
    • Premises Liability
    • Product Liability
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Wrongful Death
    • Workplace Accidents

Bar Admissions

    • California, 2009

Education

    • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
      • J.D. cum laude – 2009
    • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
      • B.A. – 2005
      • Honors: Member of the Baseball Team
      • Honors: Dean’s List
      • Major: History
    • Classes/Seminars – Numerous Trial Advocacy Programs, National Institute of Trial Advocacy