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Thomas P Kelly III

Practice areas:

Litigation, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

About Me

I practice predominately in Sonoma County, but also handle matters in Marin, Lake, and San Francisco counties.

I am focused on bankruptcy and civil litigation in both state and federal court, with a focus on matters that arise from consumer financial issues, including wrongful foreclosures and debt collection practices.

I am a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles and earned my law degree at Seattle University (Sullivan Hall) where I graduated cum laude.

In addition to California I am also admitted to practice in Oregon and the District of Columbia. I am a native of Santa Rosa, where I practice with my father, Thomas P. Kelly Jr., who has been an attorney in Sonoma County for more than forty years. My brother John is also an attorney practicing in Sonoma, and my sister Heather is also an attorney in Houston, Texas. I am also a British citizen by descent as my mom is from Northampton, England.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2004

  1. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: 40%
    9 years
  2. Litigation: 40%
    11 years
  3. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: 20%
    9 years

Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

13 total 

  • Robert J Bialkin

    Mr. Kelly is one of the most dedicated attorneys I know, even working nights and weekends. He takes great care of everyone I refer to him. Determined litigator and staunch defender of rights.

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    Robert Bialkin Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • John Emanuel Borba

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Kelly is always prepared. He is an excellent attorney who takes pride in his knowledge of the law and obtaining excellent results for his clients.

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    John Borba Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

50 Old Courthouse Square Ste 609
Santa Rosa, CA, 95404

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
DCActive 201105/25/2015
ORActive200808/16/2015
CAActive200405/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
BV RatedMartindale Hubble2015
Graduated cum laudeSeattle University School of Law2001
MemberAlpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society1994

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices of Thomas P. Kelly III2004 - Present
Contract AnalystReliant Resources2001 - 2003
Legal Assistant ClerkBaker Botts, LLP1996 - 1998
Infantry and Combat EngineerUnited States Army1989 - 1991

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
United States Court of Appeals For the Sixth CircuitAdmitted to Practice2014 - Present
Sonoma Bar Association, Bankruptcy SectionChairman2012 - 2012
National Association of Bankruptcy TrusteesMember2011 - Present
Bar Association of the District of ColumbiaMember2011 - Present
United States Court of Federal ClaimsAdmitted to Practice2010 - Present
United States Supreme CourtAdmitted to Practice2010 - Present
National Notary AssociationNotary2010 - Present
San Francisco Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Bay Area Bankruptcy ForumMember2010 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember2010 - Present
National Association of Consumer AttorneysMember2010 - Present
Better Business Bureau (A+ rating)Listed2010 - Present
Sonoma Bar Association, Bankruptcy SectionMember2009 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2009 - Present
Oregon State Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2008 - Present
United States Court of International TradeAdmitted to Practice2006 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice2005 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice2005 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice2005 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice2005 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Armed ForcesAdmitted to Practice2005 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for Veterans ClaimsAdmitted to Practice2005 - Present
United States Tax CourtAdmitted to Practice2005 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitAdmitted to Practice2004 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Sonoma County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Casey vs. US Dept. of Education CAND A.P. No. 14-1059$500,000 in student loans discharged.
Wiggins vs. Housley CAND BK A.P. No. 11-1153Verdict for client.
Laguens vs. Briggs CAND AP 11-01154Verdict for my client plus $25,000 in punitive damages.

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Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of California - Los AngelesHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Sonoma State UniversityHistoryMA - Masters (enrolled)N/A

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Sonoma State MA ProgramBronze Age Collapse of the 12th Century BC2015