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Michael Louis Kelly is consistently rated as one of the nation's top consumer trial lawyers.  He specializes in wrongful death, catastrophic injury, class action and business claims throughout the state of California.


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  1. Wrongful Death: 25%
    37 years, 57 cases
  2. Defective and Dangerous Products: 20%
    37 years, 260 cases
  3. Brain Injury: 20%
    37 years, 34 cases
  4. Birth Injury: 20%
    37 years, 13 cases
  5. Other: 15%
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Contingent (33-40%)

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    I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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    I endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Kelly is a highly skilled and experienced attorney. He refuses to take "no" for an answer and is committed to facing any challenge, no matter how overwhelming, in order to obtain the absolute best outcome for his clients. His tenacious nature and ability to assess complex situations has allowed him to achieve excellent results and recover millions of dollars.


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Contact info

Los Angeles Office:

2041 Rosecrans Avenue 3rd Floor
El Segundo, CA, 90245-4916

San Francisco Office:

101 California Street
Ste 2450
San Francicso, CA, 94111-6102



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in CaliforniaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA)2008
Southern California SuperlawyerSouthern California Superlawyers2007
Leading 500 Lawyers in AmericaLawdragon2007
Southern California SuperlawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2006
Leading 500 Plaintiff Lawyers in AmericaLawdragon2006
Top 10 USA VerdictsLawyers Weekly2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerKirtland & Packard LLP1978 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Business Trial Lawyers of Los AngelesMember2002 - 2007
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1995 - 2008
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember1991 - 2008
Lawyer Pilots Bar AssociationMember1990 - 2008
Colorado Bar AssociationMember1979 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Baker v. PirvatAir$63,900,000 Verdict
Parties Confidential$18,500,000 Settlement after 17 days of trial
Opperman v. Verizon$12,200,000 Settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
TBADemonstrative Evidence; How to Supercharge Your Trial Presentation2008
LawyersandSettlements.comHollywood Presentation Seen as Key to Success With Jury2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Idaho College of LawLitigationJD - Juris Doctor1978
Seattle UniversityPre-LawBA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Southern California Defense Counsel- Employment SeminarPlaintiff's view of Punitive Damages in Wrongful Discharge cases2006