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John P Kelly

Litigation Attorney at Fort Lauderdale, FL

5.0   5 reviews

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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Board-certified Trial lawyer for over 20 years Board-certified Business Litigation Specialist for over 10 years 140 jury trials

    43 years, 1,500 cases

  2. Business
    Wide-range counseling of clients in business entity matters including incorporation, LLC formation, shareholder agreements, and other business entity agreements Contributor to leading Florida Practice manual on Business Litigation, "Business Litigation in Florida" Lexis-Nexis CLE

    43 years, 500 cases

  3. Employment and labor
    Representation of clients in race, sex, age, and disability litigation matters in federal and state court; many verdicts in six figures; one verdict in seven figures

    39 years, 200 cases

  4. Intellectual property
    Litigation of major patent, copyright and trademark matters in federal courts throughout the United States for over 25 years

    43 years, 300 cases

  5. Appeals
    Appellate appearances in United States Supreme Court, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Florida Supreme Court, Fourth District Court of Appeals, Third Circuit Court of Appeals

    43 years, 50 cases

  6. Consumer protection
    Representation of clients in insurance bad faith, securities fraud , consumer fraud, and common law fraud claims

    43 years, 200 cases

  7. Contracts and agreements
    all forms of contract drafting and review

  8. Personal injury
    Representation in serious cases involving personal injury, property damage and defamation

    14 years

Hello, 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.
Licensed for 43 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1979
Updated 11/23/2022
State MA
Status Retired
Acquired 1978
Updated 09/19/2022

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

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The Kelly Law Firm
2400 E Commercial Blvd
Suite 211
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33308-4022


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Posted by anonymous | June 27, 2008
Mr. Kelly was excellent. He played a perfect "chess match". Our was a difficult situation because it involved family members. Mr. Kelly gave me nothing less than perfect legal, business and even personal advice. He is very technology savvy and is exteremly capable of working and communicating effectively with an out of state client. Great job John!
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Posted by anonymous | June 5, 2008
Philip D. Cameron, Former President, Florida State Fraternal Order of Police
I found Mr. Kelly to be totally competent regarding his preparation an knowledge of the facts of my case. Mr. Kelly's trial techniques were no less than astounding. This is the second occasion where either myself or the company I represented hired Mr. Kelly. His track record continues to be 100% I wouldn't hesitate to recommend his services and of equal importance use his services again if a need arises.
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Posted by anonymous | June 5, 2008
Mr. Kelly
Was honest, reliable, very well versed in the law, and did an outstanding job handling my case with what he had to work with. I would highly recommend Mr. Kelly to anyone in need of an attorney.
Posted by anonymous | June 5, 2008
Excellent Service
I was referred to John Kelly by a colleague of his for a rather complex case. John gave it the needed attention and was able to review and get around the various aspects of the case in order to distill it to the basic legal issues. John Kelly's resources, experience and expertise lead to a successful result. Very satisfied.
Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2008
outstanding lawyer
Mr. Kelly took my case and gave me straight facts. He performed just as he said. His fees were quite reasonable and he always looked for a way to resoolve the case with the least cost to me. I was very impressed.I received an excellent result.


  • Hourly Rates $ 375-450 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-50%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • The Kelly Law Firm
  • 2005 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Lorusso Loud & Kelly, LLP
  • 2000 - 2005
  • Equity Partner
  • Gunster Yoakley
  • 1996 - 2000
  • Equity Partner
  • Fleming, O'Bryan & Fleming
  • 1979 - 1996
  • Law Clerk to Hon. H.D. Fones
  • Supreme Court of Tennessee
  • 1978 - 1979
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  • Vanderbilt University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • A.B. (magna cum laude)
  • 1974

Legal Cases

  • 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


  • Intellectual Property Law Institute
  • Charter Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • Fellow
  • 2010 - Present
  • Civil Procedure Rules Committee, Florida Bar
  • Chairman subcommittee
  • 2002 - Present
  • St. Thomas More Society
  • Director
  • 2000 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers Section
  • Chairman subcommittees
  • 1985 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Business Law Section
  • Chairman subcommittee
  • 1980 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • St. Thomas More Society
  • President
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • Chairman subcommittee on Intellectual Property
  • 1998 - 2000
  • NITA
  • trial advoccay teacher
  • 1997 - 2002
  • American Bar Association
  • Committee chairman
  • 1992 - 1995
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  • Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • 2010
  • Top Lawyer in Florida
  • SuperLawyer
  • 2008
  • Top Lawyers in Florida
  • SuperLawyer
  • 2006
  • Board Certified Business Litigation Specialist
  • Florida Bar
  • 1996
  • Who's Who in The World
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • 1994
  • Trial Advocate
  • National Board of Trial Advoccay
  • 1992
  • Preeminent lawyer
  • Bar Register Martindale Hubble
  • 1990
  • "AV" lawyer
  • Martindale Hubble
  • 1990
  • Who's Who In America
  • 1990
  • Board Certified Trial Lawyer
  • Florida Bar
  • 1985
  • Who's Who in The Law
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • 1984
  • Lifetime Member
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1978
  • Associate Editor
  • Vanderbilt Law Review
  • 1977
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  • Business Litigation in Florida, Lexis-Nexis
  • Business Entity Litigation
  • 1990

Speaking Engagements

  • Trial of a Disputed Case
  • Mock Trial
  • 2000
  • Florida Bar Annual Meeting
  • Business Litigation Review
  • 2000
  • International Litigation
  • Covenants Not To Compete
  • 1998
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Jury Selection
  • 1992
  • Litigation in Florida
  • Handling Breach of Contract Litigation
  • 1992
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse John. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"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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Fort Lauderdale Litigation Lawyer John P Kelly
John P Kelly
Litigation Attorney
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Licensed for 43 years