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Craig L. Kelley
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Craig L. Kelley

also known as Craig Kelley

Practice areas:

Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Motorcycle Accident, Defective and Dangerous Products, Car Accidents… more 

About Me

As a blue-collar kid from Waterloo, NE Craig Kelley grew up around auto service stations and race tracks.


 


“I grew up in a family that raced lots of things. My family was in the service station business and our passion was racing. When I was in ninth grade, my parents bought Sunset Speedway. The great thing about the speedway business was that it allowed me to go to school in the winter and then work in the summer to make enough money to keep going to school.”


 


After graduating from Northwest Missouri State University with a business degree, he planned to bring a law degree from Creighton University back to the family business, but success in law school and trial law competitions led to a law clerk job while in law school with a big law firm representing insurance companies.


 


“I was on the other side of what we do now,” said Kelley, “and I just never was too thrilled about celebrating those wins when somebody that was injured got nothing or less than they should, and were left in a lurch after a trial or verdict or a settlement.


 


“I decided that maybe with my background and with my philosophy of life in general, that it would be better career to go over to the plaintiff’s side and represent injured people. I searched around and sent resumes to some of the succesful plaintiff’s firms in Omaha and ended up with John Inserra and his father and that’s where I have been since graduating from law school in 1986.”


 


Craig’s practice emphasizes all areas of personal injury law, with a large emphasis on vehicle, motorcycle and bicycle related cases and claims. The firm is designated legal counsel of the Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.), the Nebraska State H.O.G. Rally, and is also the designated legal counsel for most motorcycle chapters in the surrounding area.


 


“Our other new area of expertise is bad medical devices and pharmaceuticals/drugs, either as a defect in design or manufacturing,” said Kelley. “Medical device and drug liability began big with bad breast implants, bad birth control devices and bad drug side-effects. There’s been a lot of drug cases in the last 5-10 years, and these cases are national multi-distraict litigation groups that require specific expertise.  Drug companies rush to take products to the market and they don’t do the testing they used to do. We are one of few firms in Nebraska and Iowa that deal with these kind of cases on a national level.”


 


Craig and his wife, Kerry, a Deputy Director at STRATCOM Headquarters (Offutt Air Base), reside in the Dundee area of Omaha and have two college sons, Christopher and Brendan, and a high school daughter, Caitlin. Craig is also the Founder and Principal of Kelley Auto Racing Management Advisors (K.A.R.M.A.), former General Manager of Nebraska Raceway Park (now I-80 Speedway), former co-owner of Omaha’s long-time NASCAR race track, Sunset Speedway and Founder of the Dundee Chain Gang Cycling Club. He enjoys riding on his Harley Street Glide, Bicycling, golfing, watching the sports of his alma maters and being involved with his Saint Margaret Mary parish’s athletic programs and annual events.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1986

  1. Car Accidents: 15%
  2. Defective and Dangerous Products: 15%
  3. Motorcycle Accident: 15%
  4. Brain Injury: 15%
  5. Other: 40%
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Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

8 total 

  • Peter Scott Mackey

    Craig is a great lawyer and a great guy. He enjoys life and loves being a trial lawyer. He's not the type of lawyer who forgets about a client after their case has ended, and that's important.

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    Peter Mackey Wrongful Death Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Noble K McIntyre

    I highly recommend and respect Craig. As the 2015 President of the Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association I have been fortunate to work with many fantastic lawyers around the country. Craig ranks right at the top of the legal minds I know.

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    Noble McIntyre Medical Malpractice Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Inserra & Kelley

6790 Grover St Ste 200
Inserra & Kelley
Omaha, NE, 68106-3642

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
IAAuthorized to practice law200504/29/2015
NEActive198604/09/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best Personal Injury Law Firm in OmahaReader Magazine (Omaha)2013
Best Personal Injury Law Firm in OmahaReader Magazine (Omaha)2012
Member - Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of FameNebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame2011

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerInserra & Kelley1986 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
End Distracted DrivingMember2012 - Present
Public JusticeMember2011 - Present
InjuryBoardMember2005 - Present
Iowa Association for JusticeMember2005 - Present
Iowa State Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Academy of Rail Labor AttorneysMember1992 - 2005
Nebraska Association of Trial AttorneysMember1990 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1990 - Present
Omaha Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Nebraska State Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Creighton University School of LawLawJURIS DOCTOR1986
Northwest Missouri State UniversityN/ABACHELOR OF SCIENCE1983

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
60forSafety.orgEnd Distracted Driving Presentation2012
60forSafety.orgEnd Distracted Driving Presentation2012
60forSafety.orgEnd Distracted Driving Presentation2012
60forSafety.orgEnd Distracted Driving Presentation2012
60forSafety.orgEnd Distracted Driving Presentation2012
NATA Annual Legal SeminarMarketing your Law Firm2011