Conor M. Kelly

Conor M. Kelly

San Francisco, California

Conor M. Kelly is a tireless advocate for injury victims with a long track record of outstanding results for his clients.  Conor has obtained seven and eight figure jury verdicts in cases involving medical malpractice, wrongful death, brain injury and quadriplegia.  He has been nominated as the San Francisco Trial Lawyer of the Year and recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer.

In 2013, Conor obtained a $38.6 million jury verdict on behalf of a 19-year-old client rendered quadriplegic which is believed to be the largest medical malpractice verdict ever in San Francisco County.  In 2017, he obtained a verdict of $5.4 million on behalf of the wife and adult children of a retired restaurant owner killed in a multi-vehicle automobile collision involving a Super Shuttle van.  In 2018, Conor obtained a $3.0 million dollar verdict in a premises liability case against a large San Francisco landlord on behalf of the adult daughter of a woman who died from smoke inhalation in a residential fire.

Mr. Kelly specializes in complex personal injury and wrongful death cases.  He has extensive experience in cases involving workplace accidents, dangerous products, premises liability, vehicle negligence and medical malpractice.  He has extensive experience representing victims of traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and catastrophic orthopedic injuries.  Conor has successfully prosecuted civil cases against large national and international corporations including trucking companies, product manufactures, recycling companies, property management companies and multi-national corporate landowners.  He is also experienced in claims against government entities having represented clients against numerous local municipalities, the State of California and the Federal government.

Conor is a creative, dedicated and tireless advocate. He possesses a thorough grasp of complex legal and medical issues and is adept at explaining complex information in clear, understandable terms. This skill, combined with a meticulous approach to case preparation, has produced significant verdicts, arbitration awards and settlements for his clients.

Conor received his B.A. from Cornell University, where he was a member of the baseball team and a Dean’s List recipient, before graduating Cum Laude from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. While at Hastings, Conor developed and honed his trial advocacy skills. He competed and won awards in national mock trial tournaments as a member of the Hastings’ Intercollegiate Mock Trial Team. He completed numerous trial advocacy programs through the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Prior to joining Walkup, Melodia, Conor served at the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office where he successfully tried multiple criminal cases to verdict.

A native of San Francisco, Conor is active in the Bay Area legal community.  He regularly serves as an invited speaker at continuing legal education programs and volunteers as a mock trial advocacy coach.  Conor is active in the American Association of Justice, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, and the Consumer Attorneys of California.  He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children.

Noteworthy Verdicts and Settlements

Myrick v. Hansa, M.D.
$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

Areas of Practice

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

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2009


  • 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


  • Numerous Trial Advocacy Programs, National Institute of Trial Advocacy

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