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Welcome to the Kelly Law Firm. I have been certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in both Civil Trial Law and Business Litigation. I have tried over 140 jury trials and hundreds of non-jury and arbitration matters both in South Florida and throughout the United States. I represent both individuals and Fortune 500 companies. I also have an active business counseling practice. Call 954-568-5555 or email our office staff to see how we can serve your needs.




John P. Kelly is the trial lawyer of The Kelly Law Firm. He is a dual Florida board-certified litigation lawyer--both as a civil trial lawyer and as a business litigation specialist, and has been certified as a trial lawyer by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Mr. Kelly has once again been selected as a Florida "SuperLawyer" in the 2008 edition of Florida SuperLawyers, which recognizes nationally top lawyers as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics based on the survey of more than 44,000 lawyers across the state. Mr. Kelly has tried over 140 jury trials in federal and state court throughout the United States, has an "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and is listed in the Bar Register of Pre-eminent Lawyers.  

Mr. Kelly was an equity partner with the law firms of Fleming, O'Bryan & Fleming, Gunster, Yoakley, Valdes-Fauli & Stewart, and Lorusso Loud & Kelly LLP for over 25 years. He is a graduate (magna cum laude) of The College of the Holy Cross and Vanderbilt Law School, where he was a member of The Vanderbilt Law Review.

Mr. Kelly's practice focuses on sophisticated complex business litigation and related business counseling.

Mr. Kelly's specialty as a trial lawyer and business litigator encompasses a diverse field of law, including , antitrust, employment law, corporate and securities law, intellectual property, ERISA, personal injury and wrongful death, products liability, insurance coverage, and probate law. He has obtained many significant verdicts and settlements as a trial lawyer, including a $13 million settlement for adopted descendants of a trust creator and $6 million and $2.6 million jury verdicts in corporate "squeeze-out" cases.

Mr. Kelly has represented both individuals and major Fortune 500 companies in litigation both in Florida and throughout the United States. He regularly appears in all Florida state courts and in federal courts in Florida and other states. He is a member of the Arbitration Panel of the American Arbitration Association. While primarily engaged in a jury trial practice, Mr. Kelly has appeared in hundreds of mediations, arbitrations, and other alternative dispute resolution ("ADR") matters. He also has argued over thirty appeals at all appellate levels and is admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as numerous federal district courts throughout the United States.

Mr. Kelly is listed in Who's Who In America and Who's Who In The World; he is active in many community activities. He has been a featured speaker at numerous seminars on business litigation law and trial practice throughout Florida, and also has participated as a speaker at an international conference on employment law in Kitzbuhel, Austria. Mr. Kelly is currently serving an appointment on the Florida Bar's Civil Rules Committee through 2008. he is the past-president of the St. Thomas More Society of South Florida ( He has published numerous articles on business litigation law and trial practice, including the section on business entity litigation in the LEXIS Florida CLE Manual, Business Litigation In Florida."

Mr. Kelly has extensive expertise in the use of high technology in the presentation of evidence in the courtroom.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 40%
    37 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Business: 20%
    37 years, 500 cases
  3. Employment: 10%
    33 years, 200 cases
  4. Intellectual Property: 10%
    37 years, 300 cases
  5. Other: 20%
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Hourly ($375-450/hour), contingent (25-50%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Dwayne Lee Clark

    I worked for John over 20 years ago. He is a terriffic lawyer. He is extremely skilled in litigation and gets great results for his clients.


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Contact info

The Kelly Law Firm

2400 E Commercial Blvd
Suite 211
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33308-4022


FLMember in Good Standing197906/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
FellowLitigation Counsel of America2010
Top Lawyer in FloridaSuperLawyer2008
Top Lawyers in FloridaSuperLawyer2006
Board Certified Business Litigation SpecialistFlorida Bar1996
Who's Who in The WorldMarquis Who's Who1994
Trial AdvocateNational Board of Trial Advoccay1992
"AV" lawyerMartindale Hubble1990
Who's Who In AmericaN/A1990
Preeminent lawyerBar Register Martindale Hubble1990
Board Certified Trial LawyerFlorida Bar1985
Who's Who in The LawMarquis Who's Who1984
Lifetime MemberPhi Beta Kappa1978
Associate EditorVanderbilt Law Review1977
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalThe Kelly Law Firm2005 - Present
Managing PartnerLorusso Loud & Kelly, LLP2000 - 2005
Equity PartnerGunster Yoakley1996 - 2000
Equity PartnerFleming, O'Bryan & Fleming1979 - 1996
Law Clerk to Hon. H.D. FonesSupreme Court of Tennessee1978 - 1979
Association namePosition nameDuration
Intellectual Property Law InstituteCharter Member2013 - Present
Litigation Counsel of AmericaFellow2010 - Present
Civil Procedure Rules Committee, Florida BarChairman subcommittee2002 - Present
St. Thomas More SocietyDirector2000 - Present
Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers SectionChairman subcommittees1985 - Present
Florida Bar, Business Law SectionChairman subcommittee1980 - Present
Florida BarMember1978 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMember1978 - Present
St. Thomas More SocietyPresident2002 - 2004
Broward County Bar AssociationChairman subcommittee on Intellectual Property1998 - 2000
NITAtrial advoccay teacher1997 - 2002
American Bar AssociationCommittee chairman1992 - 1995
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Cameron v Farternal Order of Police, et al.$480,000 gross recovery verdict affirmed on appeal
In re Jones$13 million settlement
Hassan v Anasthesia Professional Association$2.6 million verdict affirmed on appeal
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Publication nameTitleDate
Business Litigation in Florida, Lexis-NexisBusiness Entity Litigation1990
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Vanderbilt University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
College of the Holy CrossPsychology HistoryA.B. (magna cum laude)1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Renaisance Symposium IV Harvard Club, New York CityWitness Preparation2011
Trial of a Disputed CaseMock Trial2000
Florida Bar Annual MeetingBusiness Litigation Review2000
International LitigationCovenants Not To Compete1998
Trial AdvocacyJury Selection1992
Litigation in FloridaHandling Breach of Contract Litigation1992