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Michael Albert Kelly

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Mr. Kelly is among California's preeminent personal injury and wrongful death trial lawyers . In 2014 he was voted the California "Trial Lawyer of the Year" by ABOTA's statewide board; he won the first Depuy defective hip trial in 2013; he was inducted into the Inner Circle of Advocates in 2013; nominated for the Consumer Attorneys of California "Consumer Attorney of the Year" award in 2010; ( his second such nomination). In December 2009 he was chosen by the readers of San Francisco's Recorder legal newspaper as the "Best Personal Injury Attorney" in San Francisco and featured on the cover of the 2009 Northern California Super Lawyers magazine. His 2010 $23,200,000 jury verdict in a medical malpractice case for a newborn ranks among the nation's largest verdicts ever for obstetrical injury. He has successfully litigated matters in Oregon, Hawaii, Colorado, Alaska, Minnesota, New Mexico and the Territory of Guam. He has obtained 8-figure jury verdicts and settlements in product liability, wrongful death, obstetrical injury, medical negligence and vehicle collision cases. He holds an "AV" rating (highest rating) from Martindale-Hubbell and has been favorably profiled in numerous legal periodicals.

He has tried cases throughout California and the nation, and has been involved in more than 175 cases where his client(s) recovered $1,000,000 or more by way of trial, arbitration, mediation or settlement. He is a four-time "Trial Lawyer of the Year" nominee of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association.


Practice areas


  1. Catastrophic Injury: 60%
    39 years, 500 cases
  2. Wrongful Death: 20%
    39 years, 100 cases
  3. Medical Malpractice: 10%
    39 years, 200 cases
  4. Product Liability: 10%
    39 years, 150 cases

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    This past year, I had the honor of going to trial with Michal Kelly in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is outstanding! He cares about his clients, about their past, what they have been through, what they go through, and what they will go through in the future. When he goes to trial, he is prepared and ready. He takes command of the courtroom. He can handle a lay (regular witness) or expert witness in pre-trial depositions and during their testimony at trial. He is an outstanding trial lawyer in every way. There is no greater tribute a fellow trial lawyer can say about another trial lawyer. When you research Michael A. Kelly, know this, his accolades do not do him justice! In real life, he is so much better! My wish is that all fellow trial lawyers can go to trial with him. If and when you do, get ready, be ready, and be prepared. Mike will be! More importantly, he has a "Heart of Gold." He is a wonderful person and human being!


    Esteban Aguilar Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Walkup Melodia Kelly Wecht & Schoenberger

650 California Street 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA, 94108


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Trial Lawyer of the YearCal-ABOTA2014
Northern California Top Ten Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Trial Lawyer of the YearSan Francisco Trial Lawyers2010
Best San Francisco Personal Injury AttorneyThe Recorder2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Inner Ciecle of AdvocatesMember2012 - Present
International Academy of Trial LawyersFellow2011 - Present
American Board of Trial Advocates ( San Francisco Chapter )Past President2010 - Present
UC Hastings FoundationBoard Member2010 - Present
Judicial Council, CACI Advisory CommitteeMember2005 - Present
National Institute for Trial AdvocacyBoard of Trustees2003 - Present
International Society of BarristersPast-President2002 - Present
American College of Trial LawyersFellow1999 - Present
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationPast President1995 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Rodgers v.ACMC ClnicVerdict for plaintitff $23,200,000
Goodloe v. Bell HelmetVerdict for plaintiff $17,000,000
Kransky v. Depuy$8,200,000 Jury Verdict for Plaintiff
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
St Mary's College of CaliforniaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1973