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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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Practice areas


  1. Nursing Home Abuse: 60%
    26 years
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 10%
    36 years
  3. Personal Injury: 10%
    11 years
  4. Medical Malpractice: 10%
    26 years
  5. Litigation: 10%
    36 years



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Brown and Gould LLP

7316 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 200
Bethesda, MD, 20814-2971


WVAuthorized to practice law201308/13/2016
KYAuthorized to practice law201108/09/2016
DCActive 197907/06/2016
TXInactive 200108/17/2016
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top LaywerWashingtonian Magazine2015
Top LawyerWashingtonian Magazine2013
Top LawyerWashingtonian Magazine2011
Top LawyerWashingtonian Magazine2009
Top LawyerWashingtonian Magazine2007
Top LawyerWashingtonian Magazine2004
Phi Beta KappaPhi Beta Kappa1976
Washington Super LawyerWashington Super LawyerN/A
Maryland Super LawyerMaryland Super LawyerN/A
AV ratedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderLaw Office of Brad Kelly, PC2005 - Present
Litigation PartnerReed Smith2002 - 2005
Litigation PartnerMintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo, PC1997 - 2002
Special CounselProskauer Rose1992 - 1997
Associate and PartnerCasson & Harkins1989 - 1992
Assistant U.S. AttorneyU.S. Attorney's Office D.C.1983 - 1989
Legal CounselDepartment Of Justice1982 - 1983
AssociateCrowell & Moring1979 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Health Lawyers Association, Antitrust Practice GroupMember2014 - Present
Defense Research InstituteMember2009 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Sullivan v. Hilltop HousePre-suit settlement
Toal v. Kris LeighSettled Pre-suit
Kearney v. Kris-LeighPretrial or pre-suit settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
DRI Program MaterialsPutting the Ending in Defending Litigation2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
University of Texas System, AustinHistoryBA - High Honors1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Golden Living Panel CounselNursing Home Arbitration2014
Extendicare Counsel MeetingEarly Resolution in Nursing Home Cases2014
DRI Long Term Care LitigationPutting the Ending in Defending LItigation2014
ACI Long Term Care LitigationNursing Home Survey Evidentiary Issues2014
Golden Living Counsel MeetingNursing Home Mediation2013
Extendicare Counsel MeetingNursing Home Litigation2013
ACI Long Term Care LitigationLong Term Care Developments2013
ACI Long Term Care LItigationEarly Resolution of Long Term Care Cases2013
Extendicare Counsel MeetingPunitive Damages in Nursing Home Cases2012
ACI Long Term Care LItigationNursing Home Punitive Damages2012
ACI Long Term Care LitigationNursing Home Chart Evidentiary Issues2011