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James Michael Kelley

James Michael Kelley III

also known as Jay Kelley, J.M.Kelley III

Practice areas:

Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Wrongful Death, Defective and Dangerous Products

About Me

Jay's practice focuses on civil trial work in state and federal courts in matters of medical negligence and wrongful death arising from birth injury, surgery; oncological, cardiac and pharmaceutical product liability causes. Jay has presented to jury more than 70 cases, including felony prosecution, criminal defense, civil defense and civil plaintiff cases. He has been lead counsel on cases in more than 30 Ohio counties, appellate courts and the Supreme Court of Ohio.


Jay has been recognized as an “Ohio Super Lawyer” for three consecutive years, maintains the highest AVVO rating and received a 5.0/5.0 AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ by members of the Bar and Judiciary for his legal ability and professional ethical standards. He has been named as a Top Ten Attorney in State of Ohio (2011) by Super Lawyers, Cincinnati and Columbus Magazine, Top 100 Attorneys in Ohio (2010) and a Top 50 lawyer in Cleveland by Ohio Super Lawyers (2009). Jay is a past member of the board of trustees for Ohio Association of Justice and currently serves on Board of Trustees for The Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys. Nationally, he’s a member of the American Association of Justice's “Leadership Forum.”


Jay speaks internationally to medical and legal groups on the issue of birth injury and medical liability. In 2008, Jay was reviewer for a fetal monitoring textbook used by physicians around the country on the issue of liability for birth injuries. Jay has recently submitted a chapter on Medical Legal Liability in Gynecology for print in 2011 in Katz, 6th Edition Comprehensive Gynecology. The respect of the medical community provides access to leading experts and optimal results.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1993

  1. Medical Malpractice: 50%
    19 years, 500 cases
  2. Birth Injury: 30%
    17 years, 100 cases
  3. Defective and Dangerous Products: 10%
    19 years, 100 cases
  4. Wrongful Death: 10%
    19 years, 200 cases

Payment

Fees:

Contingent (33-40%)

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Contact Info

Elk and Elk Co. Ltd. - Cleveland

6105 Parkland Blvd
Cleveland, OH, 44124-4188

Elk & Elk Co., Ltd. - Columbus

250 E. Broad Street
10th Floor
Columbus, OH, 43215

Elk & Elk Co., Ltd. - Cincinnati

22 West 9th Street
Cincinnati, OH, 45202

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
OHActive199306/11/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 5 ClevelandOhio Super Lawyers2015
Top 10 OhioOhio Super Lawyers2015
Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2015
Top 5 ClevelandOhio Super Lawyers2014
Top 10 OhioOhio Super Lawyers2014
Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2014
Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2013
Top 100 OhioOhio Super Lawyers2013
Top 50 Lawyers ClevelandOhio Super Lawyers2013
Top 5 ClevelandOhio Super Lawyers2013
Top 10 OhioOhio Super Lawyers2013
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2012
Top 5 ClevelandSuper Lawyers2012
Top 10 State of ohioSuper Lawyers2012
Top 100 OhioThe American Trial Lawyers Association2011
Top 10 Ohio Super LawyersOhio Super Lawyers Magazine2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
2011 Ohio Superlawyers, Top 100 in OhioOhio Super Lawyers Magazine2011
Top 100 Trial AttorneyThe American Trial Lawyers Association2010
2010 Ohio Superlawyers, Top 100 in OhioOhio Super Lawyers Magazine2010
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2009
Top 100 OhioThe American Trial Lawyers Association2009
Top 50 Cleveland Area Super LawyersOhio Super Lawyers Magazine2009
Platinum MemberElite Lawyers of America2009
Top 100 OhioThe American Trial Lawyers Association2008
Multi-Million Dollar AdvocateMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2007
Leadership ForumN/A2006
Board Certfied Civil Trial SpecialistNational Board of Civil Trial Specialist2006
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2003

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
ShareholderElk & Elk Co. Ltd.2010 - Present
AttorneyElk & Elk Associates CO LPA2002 - Present
PartnerReminger & Reminger CO LPA1998 - 2002
AttorneyJacobson, Maynard, Tuschman & Kalur Co. LPA1996 - 1997
Assistant District AttorneySummit County1993 - 1995

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Board of Trial AdvocacyCertified Pre-Trial Specialist2012 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMember2012 - Present
Ohio Association for JusticeChairman Medical Malpractice Section2012 - Present
Mass Tort Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2011 - Present
Ohio Association for JusticeBoard Member: Trustee2009 - Present
Cleveland Academy of Trial AttorneysBoard Member2006 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember/Leadership Forum2002 - Present
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationFellow1995 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Board Certified Civil Trial SpecialistMemberN/A
Academy of Trial AttorneysMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Terry V. Lindell10,000,818.00 Plaintiff verdict
Ditullio V. Robinson Memorial Hospital9,880,000.00 verdict for Plaintiff
Casto V. Holland2,500,000.00 Plaintiff Verdict

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Comprehensive Gynecology, 6th ed., Lentz et alMedical- Legal / Risk Mgt2012
Mosby's Pocket Guide to Fetal Monitoring:A Multidisciplinary ApproachReviewer2008

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of AkronLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
College of WoosterSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1990

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Annual Conference on Fetal MonitoringBirth Injury Litigation2012
AWHONN National Conference 2011 DenverObstetric Nursing/ medical Legal Liabilty2011
Annual Maternal- Child ConferenceMaternal - Fetal Risk management2011
13th Annual Summer ConferencePediatric: Medical- Legal & Risk Mgt2011
AWHONN 2010 National ConferenceObstetrical Nursing2010
Obstetrics and Gynecology, Clinical Practice and Liability IssuesBirth Injury/ Obstetric Liability2009
Advanced Personal InjuryCatastrophic Damages2008
12th Annual National Conference on Fetal MonitoringBirth Injury2008
Ohio Evidence WorkshopEvidence2007
Annual Obstetrics and Gynecology Spring ConferenceFetal Monitoring2007
11th Annual Winter Conference Obstetrics and Gynecology: Clinical Practice and Liability IssuesObstetrics/Gynecology2007
Sports MedicineOrthopaedic Medical Legal Liability2006
Ohio Evidence WorkshopEvidence2006
Ohio Academy of Trial Attorney's Annual ConferenceMedical Malpractice2006
7th Annual Conference on Fetal MonitoringBirth Injury Litigation2006
10th Annual Winter Conference on Obstetrics and GynecologyBirth injury Litigation2006
Ohio Evidence WorkshopEvidence2005
NITA, Trial AdvocacyTrial advocacy2005
How to Win a Civil TrialCivil Trial2005
Annual Spring Sports Medicine ConferenceOrthopaedic Medico-legal Issues2005
6th Annual National Confernce on Fetal MonitoringBirth Injury Medico-legal issues2005
Ohio Evidence WorkshopEvidence2004
Health Law- guest lecturerMedical Malpractice2003
Medical Risk ManagementRisk Management1999
Medical Risk ManagementMedical Malpractice1998
Jury SelectionJury Selection1994