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Steven Ernest Kellis

DUI and DWI Attorney at Philadelphia, PA

4.9   65 reviews
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  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 23 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 31 years
    Georgia - GA 31 years
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2000
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1992
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1992
    Status
    Inactive Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Steven

Learn Steven’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. DUI and DWI
    100%
    A graduate of Villanova Law School and Bucknell University, I have over 19 years of jury trial experience. I served for five years as a Senior Assistant District Attorney and DUI Prosecutor. More importantly, I have handled more than 100 DUI trials and over 1,000 evidentiary hearings. Our practice is strictly limited to PA DUI Defense throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Please contact Mr. Kellis immediately for a Free Initial Consultation and review our website at www.kellislaw.com

    33 years, 3,000 cases

FORMER DUI PROSECUTOR, 24 YEARS EXPERIENCE, SPECIALIZING EXCLUSIVELY IN DUI DEFENSE. 877-420-8772

Awards

Client's Choice 2022,2017,2015,2013,2012,2010
Client's Choice
2022 2017 2015 + 3 ...

Location

Law Offices of Steven E. Kellis
Two Penn Center Plaza, Suite 900
1500 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA, 19102
Steven Ernest Kellis
Two Penn Ctr Plz
1500 Jfk Blvd # 900
Philadelphia, PA, 19102
Steven Ernest Kellis
1500 Jfk Boulevard
Suite 900
Philadelphia, PA, 19102
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  65 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
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Posted by Bob | June 8, 2010
1st, 2nd, 3rd DUI/DWI? Yes, you DO need an experienced DUI Attorney!
In February of 2009, I was arrested in Philadelphia and charged with DUI. Unfortunately, it was not the first time this had happened. Facing significant jail time and the subsequent loss of my job, career, home and personal freedom, I reached out to Mr. Kellis after reading about his experience online. Steven agreed to take my case and thus began our journey. In the months that followed, an additional charge of felony fleeing was added by the DA's office further complicating my case and seriously jeopardizing any kind of favorable outcome. Obviously, I was in an arduous position with little hope. In the end, it came down to Steven's acute knowledge of of the law, his experience on both sides of the bench, his excellent negotiation skills and his ability to think quickly and act precisely when presented with opportunities in court. Thanks to Steven's exemplary representation, the felony fleeing charge was ultimately dropped and a plea was negotiated resulting in minimal disruption to my personal life. I chose to work with the right attorney whose experience proved to be far more valuable than I could have imagined. Without Steven's help, I'd most likely be sitting in jail right now - a sobering fact which I am reminded of every day. If you are in any kind of trouble with DUI/DWI, you need an experienced attorney to represent you in court. Give Mr. Kellis a call - you'll be glad you did.
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Posted by Charlie | June 16, 2010
Grateful
Without reservations do I recommend Steven Kellis. I was facing the real possibility of 60- 90 days jail time and an extended period without a drivers license due to two DUI charges within three weeks. Clearly experienced in trying DUI cases in Philadelphia Steve demonstrated tenacity and skill as well as a command of the law. He was successful in getting one of the cases dropped and the other reduced to the mandatory minimum of three months probation-no jail or loss of license. I am grateful for finding Steve and the good fortune that has been afforded me which I will not squander.
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2024
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Hire Attorney Steven Kellis
I would definitely hire Steven Kellis he is very knowledgeable and will fight for you to the end.. He got my driving suspension dismissed . Thanks again Mr. Kellis for everything!!
Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer hands down!
He was with me every step of the case. Words cannot describe how hard he fought and won for me and my family.
Posted by Brian | May 23, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
WoW...!!!!!
STEVEN KELLIS... !!!! First of all I want to Thank You from the bottom of my soul "You" have pulled off what I thought was the Impossible. When I got the DUI charge I did not know what to do who to turn to. Lawyers were sending me a hundred different Hey Hire Me I'm your Lawyer this is my LAW FIRM. I read through them i even picked one out and made an appointment with the Lawyer. Something just did not feel right to me this is not good enough. I needed a DUI Specialist Attorney with a Proven track record/ Proven Reviews/ Proven Testimonials. Steven Kellis didn't send out no mail to me asking to hire him. Before i went to see this other Attorney i made a appointment with. I needed to do a little more research besides what was coming through the mail. I spoke into my phone on search and said DUI Lawyers Only. Steven Kellis and other attorneys poped up. My girl started reading all reviews and Testimonials and said you really need to sit down and look over and read these reviews on the Lawyers before you go see this other Lawyer. Steven Kellis is showing to be the One.... I agreed. I picked up my phone i called Steven Kellis i hired him on the spot after a short chat. Called other Lawyer canceled our meeting. I was facing a 2.06 bac tier 3 DUI / careless driving from hitting parked car/ blood draw refusal. With a 34 year old felony and a 31 year old DUI. (Old records do and will come back with great vengeance) I lost to Penn Dot. We spook about the blood draw several times it turned out to be a No Win.. Penn Dot grabbed my license 18 months Suspension (We Knew this) It didn't stop there now the criminal side of Court. They were ready to finalize me for sure. Steven Kellis was on it. ARD was denied 2 times did not stop him. He was convinced yeah his client had trouble in the past and that was where it was staying in the past. All said and done I walked away with No jail time /No careless driving charge /No added time on Suspension of license/ minimal fine and Court costs /6 months probation.. WoW..!!!!! Thank You Mr. Kellis
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Posted by Marcus | May 23, 2023
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The best
The best lawyer, he is a wonderful man you just have to be patient and let him Mr. Steve do his profession very wonderful outcome. Thank you, Mr. Steve.
Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer, Best outcomes!
Steven Kellis, is a great and very experienced DUI lawyer. He has decades of experience and once you start working with him it becomes obvious that you made a right choice. He knows everybody in the filed and establishes personal connections to get you the best possible outcome. For me he worked with the DA and was able to get them to agree not to prosecute a very serious charge that would have ruined my life, reducing the charges to simple DUI and got me the best possible Plea deal. Do not be discouraged if some times it is hard to get ahold of him, he is on the road and in courts all the time. But he alway returns the call/text and does the work on the background. I would highly recommend Steven if you want the best outcome for your DUI case! Thank you! Steven!
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Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2022
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Steven Gets Results
My situation had a number of challenging features. The case wasn't that strong, but the prosecution initially wanted to run everything quickly and by-the-book. This could have been an awful result for me legally, professionally, personally. Steven took the case from start to finish -- just like he promised he would on our initial phone call -- even though the case went on for almost a year. He utilized continuations in order to keep the conversation with the PA going and to benefit from more face-time in front of the Judge/PA while we gathered extra information. I believe he was able to do this because of his strong relationships and track-record in the courthouse; I also believe this approach was integral to the result. Not only was Steven able to secure one of the best possible resolutions, he was also available and encouraging many times throughout the long months. He listened to my concerns, helped me remain optimistic, kept me appraised of progress, and attacked the case very successfully. All said, I'm happy with the result and grateful for his help.
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Posted by Daniel | March 23, 2022
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100% recommend as a lawyer
Steven was fantastic in every way possible. He was very receptive, answered any and all questions I had, and showed complete professionalism the entire time he represented me. He handled my case great and, in the end, all charges against me were dismissed which is most important. If you are looking for a DUI/DWI lawyer in the area I highly recommend you chose Steven to represent you.
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Posted by Kydirah | March 4, 2022
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2nd dui
My case was withdrawn. I'm so thankful, never would I have expected my second dui charge to be thrown out.
Posted by Bill | February 18, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer!
Over the course of two years Mr. Kellis was my Attorney while we awaited trial. He consistently made me feel at ease every time I spoke to him during an extremely stressful period. Once the court date came, he had my case dismissed within minutes. I’m still scratching my head trying to figure out how he pulled that off? I think it’s the mark of a great Lawyer.. I highly recommend Mr. Kellis. Thank you Steve!
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Posted by Ellen | February 13, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Grateful!
Steve Kellis is an excellent lawyer. I appreciate his attention to detail and assistance he provided. Grateful!
Posted by Francis | April 11, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Gun charge and gun charge both felonies knocked off
I got stop in NorthHampton County for my tints & they smelled marijuana & my girl admitted to smoking so they ordered us out the car & contrasted a illegal search without my consent she is also a license to carry & had her gun in my driver door & they still charge me with carrying without license even though my girl told them it was her & she is licensed & I admitted to all the marijuana being mines inside the car so they charged me with intent to delivery(Qp& Oils). This great Lawyer seen my case was a very strong tricky good scary scenario due to the fact we both admitted, but he did his magic behind scenes & got the D.A on his side to agree that it was a illegal search & got both charges dropped and thrown out and all I had to do is pay fines for driving on suspension license & for my tints ... the judge was shocked & upset that he did this fantastic job and not only got 1 dropped but BOTH ! he saved me some serious jail time & a clean record from being destroyed... due to the fact all my lawyers I talked too was telling me all they can do is probation the most & can’t get the charges dropped because I admitted to the police it was mines I had no faith & already was settling for less...he is also very reasonable pricing
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Posted by Nicholas | April 6, 2021
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Steven is very personable and dedicated to solving your case
I was charged with having illegal tints, a DUI and a 2nd offense for marijuana possession. These charges also resulted in a probation violation from my first possession charge in a different county. Steven guided me through the steps of ARD allowing me to avoid license suspension, serve only 6 months of probation, and most importantly avoid any serious consequences from violating probation. In fact, I only received a misconduct charge of $30 (equivalent to a noise complaint) for violating probation and my record was entirely expunged. Steven will put in the extra effort to get the results you want. He is very willing to understand your situation and livelihood on a personal level. Steven epitomizes what it means to be a great lawyer, truly caring for each of his clients equally and always putting in his best effort to get the optimal outcome. Thank you Steven!!
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Posted by Carla | October 27, 2020
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Steven is a miracle worker
Steven is one of the best lawyers I have ever talked to. My husband was charged with a driving on suspended license dui related. Steven kept fighting when all odds were against my husband. My husband had a prior dui and a suspended license. The outcome was all charges being dropped. Steven proved the state trooper wrong and taught the trooper a lesson on the PA vehicle crime codes. If you think you’re facing jail time, don’t worry because Steven will get you a great deal. My husband avoided jail time because of Steven Kellis
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Posted by Brian | February 8, 2020
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Pennsylvania DUI Lawyer Steven E. Kellis Review
I was referred to Mr. Kellis by another Pennsylvania attorney. The referring attorney handles DUI cases but still put me in touch with Mr. Kellis due to his expertise and focus on PA drunk driving cases. I could not be more pleased with the final outcome. I had never had any run in with the law before and Steven made me feel comfortable the entire time. His experience as a former prosecutor helped my case immensely as he knew what was going to happen before it happened. I absolutely recommend Mr. Kellis.
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Posted by Terry | June 18, 2019
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Best attorney in the area
I will forever be in debt to Mr. Kellis. In 2017 I was arrested for a DUI(Tier 3). Due to my past, the chances of me getting into the ARD program were slim. I searched for days reading reviews on all of the attorneys in the Philadelphia area. I called Mr. Kellis because he had some of the best reviews. Right from the start he was able to put my mind at ease and assured me that he would do everything possible to help me out. If convicted, I could have lost my career, license, and faced 72Hr minimum jailtime. Getting into ARD was my only hope. At first I was denied entry into the program. I believe I was actually denied a couple times but Mr. Kellis kept fighting for me. A couple days before my court date I received a call. It was Mr. Kellis calling to inform me that I had finally been accepted into the ARD program. What a relief... I’ll never forget that feeling for as long as I live. It was like the weight of the world had been lifted from my shoulders. The day of my ARD hearing, I met with Mr. Kellis at the courthouse. I knew I was with good company. It seemed like he knew EVERYBODY at the courthouse. We couldn’t make It down a single hallway without somebody stopping to talk with him. It was a great feeling knowing that I had this man representing me for my legal troubles. Last month I finished my ARD probation and can put this all behind me. All because of Mr. Kellis I was able to keep my career, license, and stay out of jail. I haven’t had a single drink of alcohol since the night of the DUI and couldn’t be more grateful for everything this program and Mr. Kellis have done for me. If you’re looking for the best DUI attorney in the West Chester/ Philadelphia area, Steven Kellis is who I would recommend. I truly believe he went above and beyond what most other attorneys would have done for me. Thanks again Mr Kellis.
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Posted by Ray Minton | June 14, 2019
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3 cases
I havent been in trouble with the law since i was 19 years old. In 2015, my mother died suddenly right in front of me and at the time i had 7 years of sobriety. I through it all away and within 2 years. I caught 2 d.u.i cases and 1 possession case in Philly. My girlfriend hired Steve Kellis for the 2 d.u.i cases and he EVEN took the possession case for free. After almost 2 years of missing court and warrants for my arrest, Steve stuck with me and helped me. Even when i wasn't helping myself. I am now sober again and done with all 3 cases. 1 d.u.id.u.i was throw out. The possession i had to just prove that i am staying clean and the other d.u.i case went to trial. Which i was found "Not Guilty". You had to see him question the cop! It was great. The cop got caught in 3 lies. Steve doea take on a lot of clients but if you show you care about yourself , he will go above and beyond for you. He also knows all the judges, which helped a lot. I still am shocked i was found guilty with tge d.u.i case that went to trial! I am just greatful for his help. He is even helping my girlfriend with an appeal for her probation hearing where she got 5-12 months just for her 1st probation violation. I am so shocked, but with Steves help, i have faith! Im sure my girl agrees in me saying "he was worth every penny!
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Posted by DC | November 30, 2018
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THE BEST THERE IS
Steven Kellis is the number person that should be in your CONTACT LIST!!! My first DUI in 2013 was at the most improbable time of my life. I had just finished school, started a new career & one day in June of 2013 it all changed. I called 10 different lawyers and STEVEN was the only one who assured me that I will not do jail time & will not have my license suspended. Followed through with him & the results were outstanding. Case dismissed!!! My second DUI in 2015, I knew who to call right away! I was facing 1 year license suspension & significant jail time. Again Mr. Kellis delivered & got the case dismissed. Have never been so satisfied in life with how meticulous & tenacious Steven is. My third DUI in 2018, my heart literally got shattered into a thousand pieces! I said there is no way am getting off this time. I was facing tier 3 and bac .15 with accident and I again I called STEVEN KELLIS! I said to I called you because I know you are the best & you are the only who can either reduce it or a small chance of having it dissmissed! Steven faught tooth and nails and was able to reduce to a guilty plea with no jail time or license suspension! However there is a small but rare possibility of getting dismissed! I said Steven I trust you I have faith in your knowledge and your instinct so I said let's do it, let's go to trail. In that moment, what Steve said portrayed that words are indeed VERY POWERFUL. With arguably the toughest Judge in the stand the DA was left speechless & did not have a solution! CASE DISMISSED!!! Steven I thank you very much for everything you have done for me, God Bless you and your Family 5 stars is not enough for a man of this Stature. I am blessed to have had you as my lawyer & I truly appreciate all the hard work & all the places you came to visit me to discuss our case! If anyone wants a 2nd chance or even 3rd chance in LIFE Steven E Kellis is THE BEST THERE IS!!!
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Posted by Joe | July 24, 2018
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Fantastic legal representation
Was pullover over while driving with a suspended license due to a DUI. Mr. Kellis was able to get the charges reduced and I only had to pay a small fine. He was able to keep me on track with my ARD and I couldn’t have been more pleased with the outcome. Would definitely recommend to anyone dealing with a DUI or driving without a license charge. A+
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Law Offices of Steven E. Kellis, PC
  • 2001 - Present
  • Senior Assistant District Attorney
  • District Attorney's Office
  • 1997 - 2001
  • Legal Intern
  • Philadelphia District Attorney's Office
  • 1987 - 1987

Education

  • Villanova Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Bucknell University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Associations

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • State Delegate
  • 2002 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • National District Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - 2001
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Languages Spoken

  • Greek
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Top 100
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Top 100 DUI Lawyers in Pennsylvania
  • Nation Federation of DUI Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Deligate
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2008
  • National Certification in Field Sobriety Testing
  • Walden & Platt
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • Advanced Trial Tactics
  • Trial Tactics Advanced
  • 2012
  • Live CLE/Trial Tactics
  • Trial Tactics
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

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Given (16)
Endorse Steven
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Steve is an excellent trial lawyer with tons of experience in DUI. His trial skills and motion skills are effective at getting great results for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steven is an amazing attorney. His knowledge of DUI law is endless. He knows his way around the courtroom and will fight to the end to get the best possible outcome for his client. I highly recommend Steven. He is truly a good person and a great attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.I have known Steven for many years. He is by far one of the best DUI lawyers in the State. He works very hard and always gets the best results for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"He is outstanding DWI lawyer that knows how to aggressively defend DWI cases. He is an asset to the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steven is an excellent DUI attorney. I recommend him highly."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steven is well known and highly regarded amongst his peers and the Courts. He is top of his field and works hard for his clients. Even though a competitor, I highly recommend Mike."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is the "go to" attorney for DUI cases."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of working both alongside and opposite Steve over the many years I have known him. He is a zealous advocate and extremely knowledgeable in DUI law."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Not only is Steve one of my favorite attorneys to talk with in court, but he is a fountain of knowledge and expertise. He has provided advice and consultation to me over the years and has helped me grow as an attorney. I highly endorse and recommend him!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Steve since he was first admitted to practice law and have had the pleasure of watching him for many years now. He is knowledgable attorney who is well versed in the law and skilled in its application in the courtroom. I highly endorse Steve and would recommend him to those seeking guidance in a DUI/DWI case without hesitation. P. Darrell Kimbrell"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Steve is a highly ethical, hard working attorney. I have worked with him on a number of cases and I can attest that he is an attorney that will definitely "go to bat" for his clients. I strongly endorse Steve."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Steve Kellis is a passionate DUI defense lawyer. I have referred him several cases in Bucks County and each client called me personally to thank me for giving them Steve's name. He is a fighter and will defend a case with ingenuity and zeal. Steve is someone that I greatly respect and always appreciate all that he does."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I readily endorse Steven Kellis as an attorney. I am an attorney who has handled cases with Steven and against Steven. Steven is an attorney who gets results. He is a skilled negotiator and trial attorney. I watched Steve try cases early in my career and to this day I use things in my trials that I learned watching Steve try cases. Steve is never afraid to take a case to trial when he can't negotiate what a client needs, regardless of how grim a case might seem. I have seen Steve win cases at trial that looked hopeless."
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