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.