Since leaving my position as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia in 1989, my legal practice has focused almost entirely on lawsuits and litigation matters involving nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other health care providers. I have vigorously defended those providers in malpractice suits, qui tam actions, criminal investigations, and state and federal regulatory proceedings across the country.
At the same time, I have had the opportunity in the past couple of years to represent plaintiffs in malpractice actions against nursing homes and assisted living facilities and have done so with the knowledge and consent of the clients I defend. In fact, one of my recent plaintiff's cases was referred to me by one of my defense clients.
Whichever side I represent in a long term care malpractice lawsuit, my goal is to evaluate the case and position it as quickly as possible for a fair and final resolution that makes sense for both sides. This approach promotes closure for all parties and reduces the often wasteful and unnecessary fees and costs involved in protracted litigation. If early resolution of a case is not possible, I welcome the opportunity to try it to verdict before a jury or arbitration panel. My most recent jury trial took place in federal court in Newark, New Jersey in May of this year, and resulted in an amicable settlement before the case went to the jury. My last arbitration, in which I represented a national nursing home company, resulted in an award for my client.
Given my strong belief in the benefits of early dispute resoluution, I have completed the arbitration and mediation training programs sponsored by the American Health Lawyer's Association ("AHLA") and served as an arbitrator in a Florida nursing home dispute this past May.
Before I went to law school, I worked as house painter, a laborer on gas pipelines and concrete crews, a carpenter, and a roughneck on an oil rig. I believe that that background, together with the educational and professional experience that I have had, has helped me to appreciate and relate to clients and jurors from all walks of life.
When I'm not fighting the good fight, I love spending time with my wife, whom I met on the first day of law school, and my two grown boys.
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An outstanding and tenacious trial lawyer, whether representing plaintiffs or defendants. He has deep and broad experience and has no hesitation in taking tough cases to trial if necessary to achieve his client's objectives.
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|WV||Authorized to practice law||2013||08/13/2016|
|KY||Authorized to practice law||2011||08/09/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Laywer||Washingtonian Magazine||2015|
|Top Lawyer||Washingtonian Magazine||2013|
|Top Lawyer||Washingtonian Magazine||2011|
|Top Lawyer||Washingtonian Magazine||2009|
|Top Lawyer||Washingtonian Magazine||2007|
|Top Lawyer||Washingtonian Magazine||2004|
|Phi Beta Kappa||Phi Beta Kappa||1976|
|Washington Super Lawyer||Washington Super Lawyer||N/A|
|Maryland Super Lawyer||Maryland Super Lawyer||N/A|
|Founder||Law Office of Brad Kelly, PC||2005 - Present|
|Litigation Partner||Reed Smith||2002 - 2005|
|Litigation Partner||Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo, PC||1997 - 2002|
|Special Counsel||Proskauer Rose||1992 - 1997|
|Associate and Partner||Casson & Harkins||1989 - 1992|
|Assistant U.S. Attorney||U.S. Attorney's Office D.C.||1983 - 1989|
|Legal Counsel||Department Of Justice||1982 - 1983|
|Associate||Crowell & Moring||1979 - 1982|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Health Lawyers Association, Antitrust Practice Group||Member||2014 - Present|
|Defense Research Institute||Member||2009 - Present|
|Sullivan v. Hilltop House||Pre-suit settlement|
|Toal v. Kris Leigh||Settled Pre-suit|
|Kearney v. Kris-Leigh||Pretrial or pre-suit settlement|
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|DRI Program Materials||Putting the Ending in Defending Litigation||2014|
|University of Texas School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1979|
|University of Texas System, Austin||History||BA - High Honors||1976|
|Golden Living Panel Counsel||Nursing Home Arbitration||2014|
|Extendicare Counsel Meeting||Early Resolution in Nursing Home Cases||2014|
|DRI Long Term Care Litigation||Putting the Ending in Defending LItigation||2014|
|ACI Long Term Care Litigation||Nursing Home Survey Evidentiary Issues||2014|
|Golden Living Counsel Meeting||Nursing Home Mediation||2013|
|Extendicare Counsel Meeting||Nursing Home Litigation||2013|
|ACI Long Term Care Litigation||Long Term Care Developments||2013|
|ACI Long Term Care LItigation||Early Resolution of Long Term Care Cases||2013|
|Extendicare Counsel Meeting||Punitive Damages in Nursing Home Cases||2012|
|ACI Long Term Care LItigation||Nursing Home Punitive Damages||2012|
|ACI Long Term Care Litigation||Nursing Home Chart Evidentiary Issues||2011|