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I have been in the private practice of Law for over 30 years and have had the honor of being named as one of the top 3 attorneys in my community. I have also been named as a "Leading Lawyer" in Illinois and named by Chicago magazine as an Illinois "Super Lawyer". The Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer directory has granted me it's highest rating available.

I have authored a lawyers guide to the introduction of evidence at trial, co-authored a 3 volume guide to Civil Practice  and am the Co-Editor of a two volume treatise on Illinois Causes of Action.

I have given presentations at over 50 seminars for Attorneys in Illinois and have been an active member of the Illinois Bar Association serving as the chair of the Civil Practice section council and also as chair of the Tort law section council.  I am a member fo the Board of Directors of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.

I have tried cases to verdict throughout all of Illinois and practice exclusively in the representation of injured parties.


Practice areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 20%
  2. Medical Malpractice: 20%
  3. Car Accidents: 20%
  4. Personal Injury: 20%
  5. Wrongful Death: 20%

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Contact info

Kelly Law Offices, P.C.

121 North Main Street 3rd Floor

Bloomington, IL, 61701-7620


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197811/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Law & Leading Attorneys for IllinoisN/A2007
Super LawyersN/A2006
Law & Leading Attorneys for IllinoisN/A2006
Law & Leading Attorneys for IllinoisN/A2005
Law & Leading Attorneys for IllinoisN/A2004
Law & Leading Attorneys for IllinoisN/A2003
Law & Leading Attorneys for IllinoisN/A2002
One of The Top 5% of Attorneys in IllinoisN/A2002
Law & Leading Attorneys for IllinoisLeading Lawyers Networkr2001
Law & Leading Attorneys for IllinoisN/A2000
Law & Leading Attorneys for IllinoisN/A1999
Law & Leading Attorneys for IllinoisN/A1998
Marquis, Who's Who In American LawN/A1998
Top Three Attorneys in McLean CountyBusiness to Business Magazine1997
Law & Leading Attorneys for IllinoisN/A1997
Law & Leading Attorneys for IllinoisN/A1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Illinois State Bar AssociationChairman1998 - 1999
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Product Liabilty and Insurance Law CommitteeChairman1998 - 2000
Illinois State Bar AssociationVice Chair1997 - 1998
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1995 - 2000
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Managers1992 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Illinois State Bar AssociationSubstitution of Judge as of Right; Tort Trends2006
James Publishing CompanyIllinois Civil Pre-Trial Practice2002
Illinois Bar JournalMandatory Arbitration: A Review of the Recent Cases2000
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal EducationLaying Foundations for Introducing Evidence2000
Trial Briefs, ISBAThe Demise of the Special Duty Exception to Local Governmental Tort Immunity1999
Business to Business MagazineReal Estate Closings1998
Illinois State Bar AssociationIPI No. 5.01 and Expert Witnesses1997
Illinois State Bar AssociationThe Illinois Supreme Court Reaffirms the Common Fund Doctrine1996
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal EducationLaying Foundations for Introducing Evidence1996
Illinois State Bar AssociationReview of Recent Cases1995
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal EducationProving and Disproving Damages in Personal Injury Cases: Damages in a Wrongful Death Case: Plaintiff's Perspective1993
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal EducationLaying Foundations for Introducing Evidence1991
Illinois State Bar AssociationReview of Recent Cases1989
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Dayton School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
University of DaytonN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
UnknownCivil Practice Update1997
Tort UpdateGeneral Practice Update Program1997
IICLELaying Foundations for Introducing Evidence1997
UnknownTort, Insurance and Civil Practice Update1996
UnknownTrial Techniques1996
UnknownPretrial Techniques and Strategies1996
Law Ed. SeriesAnatomy of Pretrial Preparation1995
UnknownCivil Practice Update1995
IICLEProving and Disproving Damages1995
IICLEProving and Disproving Damages1995
UnknownHow to Present Non Economic Damage Testimony1995
Law Ed SeriesTort Reform Day to Day Issues1994
Law Ed. SeriesHot Tips-Proven and Winning Ways in Personal Injury Cases1993
Law Ed. SeriesProducts Liability: In-Depth Study of Litigation Involving Products1992
Illinois Society of Healthcare Risk Management Annual MeetingHow to Limit Hospital Liability, a Plaintiff's Perspective1992
Law Ed. Series, BloomingtonHot Tips on Handling & Avoiding Common Settlement and Trial problems, The Mechanics of Preparing Exhibits1991
Law Ed. SeriesHow to Present and Defend a Personal Injury Case, Proving Future Loss of Income1991
IICLE, ChicagoNegotiating and Settling Personal Injury Cases, Initial Considerations1990
UnknownIllinois Civil Litigation, Trial Technique, Practice and Procedure, Direct Examination1989
IICLEProof of Damages in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation, How to Present Damage Evidence Where There Is Little or No Residual Disabiilty1989