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Paul Anthony Kelley

Workers compensation Attorney at Winter Garden, FL

5.0   26 reviews
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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Location

Kelley Law Group, PA
Post Office Box 783276
Winter Garden, FL, 34778-3276

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Posted by Bobby M. | February 26, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Kelley Law Group Was A Godsend For Me!!
Let me begin this review by explaining that I had an EXTREMELY rough case to overcome due to an unrelated attorney I had hired prior to Mr. Kelley. My case was also very unique in its level of difficulty in general, so that also added to the likelihood that I would not see a successful outcome. At the recommendation of the PBA, I retained Kelley Law Group and was consulted by Mr. Kelley on a different direction he thought we should take in relation to my case. He was upfront and honest with me in his belief that my case may not be winnable due to several errors made by others and myself prior. He was NOT there just to take my money...he appeared 100% compassionate (Workers Comp really put me through the ringer!) and wanted nothing more than to get me the desired outcome I wanted and rightfully deserved. The following was a very unlikely thing for me to personally do but I was at the end of my rope -- I decided to put every ounce of faith into Mr. Kelley and adhere by everything he insisted we do to give my case at least a fighting chance. His professional/legal advice was a Godsend to me. Because of this man's hard work, knowledge of the law and attention to detail, along with the dedication and hard work from all of the employees at Kelley Law Group, I WON MY CASE!! The decision I won has literally changed my life for the best, hands down! If you have been bent over the proverbial barrel by Workmans Comp and even your agency, do yourself a favor and at least call Kelley Law Group for a consultation. The decision to retain Kelley Law Group may have been the best decision I ever made in my career of over 23 years. Thank you to Mr. Kelley and his ENTIRE staff -- you will always be heroes to me! ~Bobby M.
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Posted by Mark | February 27, 2022
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FRS Duty Disability
First and foremost obtaining a FRS duty disability it can be a long process and by no means easy. DO NOT ATTEMPT this alone. Laws change all the time Federal, State and Work mans comp. Paul Kelley stays on top of all that! Remember he has 35 years as an Attorney and comes from a law enforcement family. He is no doubt time and money well spent. And during the pandemic Paul and his amazing staff could get calls through to other Attorney, Doctors and State offices effectively. What more could a client ask for? Thanks Paul for helping me get the benefit I am truly deserving of. Sincerely Mark
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Posted by Sonny | October 5, 2020
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The best decision I have ever made
In 2006, while working as a patrol officer, I had a heart attack on the job. This led to several weeks in the hospital and months of recovery. The City I work for denied my claim under the Heart and Lung Bill. Based upon recommendation from my union, I sought out Paul Kelley to represent me. I did not know it at the time, but this would turn out to be the best decision I have ever made. The city fought ruthlessly to deny my claim; so much so that at one point, I wondered if it was worth the fight. Paul assured me that it was and he was absolutely right. The city continued to deny my claim and Paul took them to court and won. Despite this, the city still denied my claim and appealed. Paul went before the appellate court in Miami, which consisted of a 3 judge panel. All three judges unanimously upheld our win in the lower court. The city now, by court order, recognizes and is responsible for my claim. Since 2006, I have had to have many heart related procedures. I had to retire medically as a police officer. Paul represented me through all of this and negotiated a transition from officer to a civilian administrative position, where I presently continue to work. In 2020, I developed severe heart failure and had to undergo an evaluation for a heart transplant. Paul again represented me throughout this very scary time. Thanks to Paul and his team, I received the medical attention that I needed in a timely manner. Luckily, I did not have to undergo transplantation at this time and am continuing to receive medical therapy. I have had the need for an attorney more than I have ever imagined that I would. I can tell you, Paul is an absolute expert pertaining to the Heart and Lung Bill and Worker's Compensation. Above all else, he is one of the nicest and most caring people you will ever meet. He has put together a team of experts. Connie, Barbara and Kristin are the best! During this recent transplant scare, they worked late hours and did whatever it took to make sure that I got what I needed medically. You absolutely cannot go wrong with choosing Paul to represent you. 14 years after choosing Paul, I still say it was the best decision I have ever made.
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Posted by Mark | February 26, 2020
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True legal professionals
I am a 22 year police veteran. I was referred to Mr. Kelley by another police officer. Recently I suffered a cardiac episode while heading to work. I contacted The Kelley law group for assistance because I had a very difficult experience with workers comp many years ago where I made the mistake of trying to deal with them myself. I spoke with Kristian then Connie and then Mr. Kelley. Everything is still new because my case just started. The process has been very smooth and if you call they are never too busy to speak with you. I am glad I retained the Kelly Law Group. I am confident they will be able to assist me through this most difficult time.
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Posted by Cynthia | December 4, 2019
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A Ram in the Bush
The excellent, professional service was outstanding. But..... the personal attention he and his entire group (Connie, Barbara, Kristin), displays (in EVERY) phone call, places a shield of love, respect, and consideration that surpass expectation or any requirement that you thought a Law Groups basis standard should deem a minimum. I was treated like family. No matter how small my question was they greeted me openly, with an explanation/answer making sure I truly understood. Paul is top notch, as well as his team. My case was done in a timely manner and that was very essential for my unique case. The Paul Kelley Law Group is my recommendation to anyone seeking, knowledgeable expertise, undisputed professionalism, well versed in his craft......you've arrived...one stop shop indeed! Forever Your Client, Cynthia
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Posted by Wanda | August 30, 2019
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PSOB Attorney/Client review
Paul A. Kelley is the founder of the Kelley Law Group, P.A. and handles my Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program (PSOB) case from my late husband's Line-of-Duty death, as a firefighter. He and his team are all very helpful, straightforward, knowledgeable, compassionate and courteous. As well as decisive while tending to my case, and my legal needs with a great degree of integrity. I recommend Kelly Law Group to those that require legal council. Especially, first responder and workers' compensation claims. This team organized doctors and necessary advocates to prove our case, picking up the ball and moving forward where others had dropped it. Their assistance in my case has been greatly appreciated.
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Posted by Bruce | August 24, 2019
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Paul Kelly is absolutely the best !
I can't say enough about this law firm. Together with Barbara and Kristin, an absolute pleasure to deal with.
Posted by Mauricio | August 6, 2019
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Paul Kelley is the best attorney you can select for your case.
I was a Miami-Dade County Police Lieutenant..I suffered an injury while being surgically operated at local hospital due to negligence. Additionally, I was in the Investment Plan for my retirement and didn't have enough money to retire. My medical condition was severe enough to keep me from performing my lawful police duties. Since my injury was not in the line of duty, I was not covered under the County's insurance. I was referred to Paul Kelly y a friend. I called Paul Kelley and asked him to review my case and if it was possible to get back into the FRS. Well, a few weeks later, Paul Kelley came through and I was accepted back into the FRS. Subsequently, I was able to retire with a secured monthly retirement check for the rest of my life. Paul Kelley is the real deal. He is not a charlatan but a man of action...do not hesitate to hire him to get a positive outcome on your case. I am blessed to have this attorney represent me in my case with the FRS and also with Worker's Compensation for an unrelated matter. If you need the best attorney in Florida, just hire Paul Kelley.
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Posted by Bill | January 22, 2019
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Expert on "Heart Lung Bill" - Master Negotiator
I retained Mr. Kelley as my attorney because he is well known as a legal expert in the field of workers compensation law, specifically the Florida Heart / Lung Bill. Additionally, he knows the intricacies of specific heart and lung conditions (medically) and how they relate to a claimants compensability. He is totally on the same page when consulting with doctors and medical staff. With his intimate knowledge of both WC law and relevant medical conditions, he was able to secure the needed (doctor recommended treatment) in my case, that was denied on several occasions by the employer/carrier. He made sure that ALL entitled benefits were provided, often in the face of bold opposition. His expertise made it happen for me every time. When you are in the right, they can't stop you. You just have to fight a little harder. And, that is what Paul Kelley is all about. Because many of his family members were in our profession, he is dedicated to helping first responders. During mediation, I witnessed a master at negotiations. He's 'got your back' as they say. His office staff is wonderful to work with and his Paralegal Barbara, is nothing short of Amazing! She is as passionate and driven as Mr. Kelley in managing the clients cases, corresponding with the court and all associated matters. He's got a kind reassuring manner, is a consummate professional and a true gentleman. I am extremely grateful to Mr. Kelley for bringing my case to a conclusion and proud to have had his representation. I highly recommend the Law firm of "Kelley Law Group" for your workers compensation matters.
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Posted by Kathy | July 2, 2018
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Heart and Lung Bill
I hired Paul Kelley in September 2017 for a worker's compensation case under the heart and lung bill. The Kelley Law Group was just what the doctor ordered. I was skeptical about hiring an attorney, however, Paul never let me down. I never had to wonder what was going on with my case. Paul or his assistant Connie called or emailed me with ever update. They truly kept me in the loop. When I was scheduled for my deposition, Paul would call and talk to me and made sure I was okay. Paul would say, "if you tell the truth, you don't have to worry." If I had any questions or concerns, I would just call the office and Connie would answer any questions I had. This was a tedious process and I'm so happy that I chose Paul and his team to take this journey with. Through Paul and Connie's hard work, I am now covered under the heart and lung bill as of June 2018. Kelley Law Group really fought a hard fight for me and for that, I am truly thankful. Thank you Paul and Connie!
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Posted by Eddie | July 27, 2017
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Amazing experience
Greetings, I filled a workers comp claim (heart & lung bill) after being put off of work due medical reasons my claim was denied and the reason given is that my injury was not work related. I have at least 30 years in law enforcement and during my pre-employment medical screening I did not have any medical issues. I was referred to the Kelley Law Group by my union to consult with for advice and possible ssistance. The experience was amazing, professional, and diligent. I experience a commitment of dedication to have overturned the denial of my claim and in addition secure monetary benefits going forward. The amount of follow up was impressive and the patience taken to explain the their process to ensure my clarity was second to none. The Kelley Law Group is staffed with a excellent group of competent professionals. I want to thank Paul again for assisting me through my personal challenge of having a wrong decision overturned. One last thing this was not a long and drawn out process after the initial intake was completed.
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Posted by Tom | July 24, 2017
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Paul Kelley Law Firm- Workers Compensation Representation
First what I did right; I filed a W/C claim when I experienced chest pains back in 2009. W/C accepted responsibility and paid for numerous procedures over the next seven years, what they didn't do is settle my impairment. Paul Kelley came to Broward County PBA and conducted a seminar on Employee Rights with Workers Compensation. The wealth of information I learned at the Seminar made me realized that I was not being treated properly with regards to my claim. After the seminar I was able to speak one on one with Paul and decided that I really needed representation. Over the past year Paul and his Firm where in constant contact and easily accessible whenever information needed to be exchanged. I felt like my case just went from inactive to active and W/C now had to answer for there failures. To keep it short, Paul Kelley handled every aspect of my case, and last week we settled for a rather surprising amount, which was about 20 times more than the original offer. If you think that you can handle your own case, DON"T!!! Paul Kelley and his staff; Barbara, Connie & Kristin are true professionals, I was always impressed with their courtesy, professionalism and knowledge of the law. Paul and his Firm kept me updated on my case and produced results. I have recommended The Paul Kelley Law Firm to several friends and would use him again if needed, he is not your typical Attorney. From the onset of taking on my case, Paul made it clear that this was my case and the decisions were mine to make (no pressure), he just made the decisions possible. It was nice to be represented by someone who actually has your best interest at heart. I would just like to give a sincere THANK YOU to Paul and his Staff for all their hard work.
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Posted by Dak | October 27, 2016
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Amazing Attorney for Worker's Comp. Benefits, esp. Heart and Lung Bill
Two years ago, the Dade County PBA referred me to Mr. Paul Kelley to help me deal with Heart and Lung Bill issues I was having. This review is what my experience has been with Paul Kelley and his staff (especially Barbara) at the Kelley Law Group has been. The Kelley Law Group has been amazing in making sure that the benefits the Dade County/Florida PBA fought to get first responders were paid. At every hiccup, they were and continue to be there for me. They were instrumental in getting procedures approved that were originally denied and benefits paid that were originally denied. Mr. Kelley and his staff's knowledge of the Heart and Lung Bill and worker's compensation laws are impressive. As a recent example and something that might be of interest to fellow first responders, I developed complications from treatment for my covered worker's comp/heart and lung bill related injuries. A routine dentist visit revealed significant decay and the dentist indicated that it was related to the use of a CPAP and hypertension medicines. The Employee/Carriers first response to was to deny those benefits. However, The Kelley Law Group was able to secure those benefits for me and I am now able to get my dental work covered under worker's comp. I can't even describe the relief that this is to me.
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Posted by David | October 10, 2016
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Phenomenal Personal Service
Paul represented me in a W/C case that was ongoing through my employer for more than 14 years until I medically had to retire. He was an aggressive advocate for his clients to get either ongoing care that you desire or settle your case and explain your options and "Realistic " expections as well as clear explanations of how your decision will affect you from that point forward. He truly looks out for your personal interest opposed to you being just a client ! I was honored to have Paul and his assistant (Wife) Barbara running the office, in his relationship we formed during my career and post settlement process. Almost a year post settlement... I still get calls from Paul to see how I'm doing and guinuine caring for me and my family !
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Posted by Daniel | September 28, 2015
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The "Force" is strong with this one.
Paul, his staff, and co-workers came into my life at one of the worst times I had ever been through. They continued being there for me, guiding not only me, but also my wife through an uphill battle against my illness and my former employer. Words fail me as I try to describe what Paul has done for me and my family. Paul's confidence, faith, humor, knowledge, patience and wisdom has led me to believe that Jedi Master's are not only in galaxy's far far away. They are here, real people, inspiring and helping those in need. I just would never have believed a Jedi could be a lawyer, Bottom line is I made the best choice with Paul and his group. I was lost, and they made sure I knew exactly where I stood every step of the way. To me and my wife they will always have an open door to our life, not just professionally, but as members of our extended family,
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Posted by Carolyn | September 10, 2015
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Worker Comp. Case
I would highly recommend Attorney Paul Kelley. I found him to be very knowledgeable, highly competent and always professional. During the course of my case I was kept informed, updated and included in every aspect of the entire process by Atty. Kelley or his professional staff. I would not hesitate to use his services again and I highly recommend him. .
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Posted by William | September 9, 2015
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Paul Kelley
I have retained the service of Mr. Kelley on two occasions. Both times he and his staff were always available for me questions and/or concerns. Mr. Kelley always looked out for my best interest and kept me updated as to the status of my cases. I would highly recommend him if the need arises.
Posted by Jorge | September 5, 2015
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Extremely competent and knowledgeable lawyer, and above all HONEST!
Without going into too many specifics, both personal and County doctors stated in no uncertain terms that I must retire due to my health as a result of on-duty injuries. I had been denied benefits by Miami-Dade County and also denied approval of the Heart Bill, although I clearly qualified. Other than the standard ambulance chasers, I was unable to find any law firms in South Florida willing to take on the County. Fortunately, I met Mr. Paul Kelley, thanks to the PBA, due to a symposium that they held at their offices regarding the Heart Bill. Mr. Kelley assured me that he would look into my situation, as he felt that I had a good case and advised me that he would like to speak to me in further detail at a later time, he then took my information down and I left. I did not hold any high hopes at the time, of receiving a return call or of having any type of positive outcome due to my previous experiences and the fact that Mr. Kelley's office was in Maitland, Fl. However, it wasn't long before I heard from Mr. Kelley and we met at an office that his firm opened in Coral Gables. He spoke to me in no uncertain terms, and we quickly became friends. Although he felt that I had a good case, he advised me of the possible pitfalls and the numerous hoops that we would have to jump, but assured me that the regardless of the outcome, he would be there with me every step of the way. Everything he stated pretty much occurred to letter almost as a script, but we persevered and I was able to retire and successfully receive the benefits that were due to me thanks in no small part to Mr. Kelley's efforts. It's been over a year since I retired after 31+ years with the County, not a month goes by that I don't think about Paul and his great assistance. I can truly say that I'm still alive today thanks to his efforts. The thing that impressed me the most about Paul, was his sincerity and honesty. I've said it many times before but here I can say it publicly, I offer my sincere gratitude and heartfelt thanks to Paul and to his assistant Angela Umana.
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Posted by darrol | September 4, 2015
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Retired correctional officer
Mr. Paul Kelley is a awesome attorney. I am very greatful to have him as my attorney. He i a professional and very knowledgeable about the law. I would highly recommend him to be your attorney.
Posted by Joe | September 1, 2015
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Paul Kelley
I am a 28yr firefighter. After being denied by workers comp. for over a year, I hired Paul on the recommendation of a fellow firefighter who had a similar problem. As of this time, workers comp. has now accepted my claim and I am receiving the benefits due to me. Without Paul's help there is no doubt in my mind that they would have continued to deny my claim.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding President
  • Kelley Law Group, PA
  • 2016 - Present
  • Partner - Attorney
  • Bichler, Kelley, Oliver, Longo & Fox, PLLC
  • 2000 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Wieland, Hilado & Kelley, PA
  • 1995 - 2000
  • Associate - Attorney
  • Zimmerman, Shuffield, Kiser & Sutcliffe, PA
  • 1991 - 1995
  • Associate - Attorney
  • Giles, Hedrick & Robinson, PA
  • 1989 - 1991
  • Associate - Attorney
  • Rooks & Willingham, PA
  • 1987 - 1989
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Education

  • University of Central Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982
  • Valencia Community College
  • AA
  • 1980
  • South Texas College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A

Associations

  • Florida Justice Association
  • Associate Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Florida Workers' Advocates
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • 1991 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 1991 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • 1987 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Orlando's Top Lawyers
  • Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyers In Florida
  • The Legal Network
  • 2015
  • America's Most Honored Professionals
  • The American Registry
  • 2015
  • Disability and Workers Comp
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2015
  • Judges' Award, Professional Volunteer
  • Children Must Count Awards
  • 1999
  • Award of Excellence
  • Legal Aid Society
  • 1995
  • Guardian Ad Litem of the Year
  • Legal Aid Society
  • 1995
  • Golden Rule Award
  • JCPenney
  • 1994
  • Outstanding Young Men of America
  • Outstanding Young Men of America
  • 1985
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Publications

  • PBA Journal
  • Law Enforcement Officers and the "Heart/Lung Bill"
  • 2007
  • PBA Journal
  • Presumptive Legislation for Firefighters and Police Officers
  • 2006
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Advanced Workers Compensation in Florida
  • 1997
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Advanced Workers Compensation in Florida
  • 1996
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Speaking Engagements

  • PBA Educational Seminar
  • Hypertension & Heart Disease
  • 2015
  • PBA Educational Seminar
  • The Heart Bill's Dirty Little Secret
  • 2015
  • Florida PBA Board of Directors Meeting
  • Florida's Heart Lung Bill - What You Need to Know
  • 2015
  • PBA Educational Conference
  • The Heart Lung Bill
  • 2014
  • Treasure Coast Chiefs of Police and Sheriffs Association
  • Florida Heart Bill and Legislative Attacks
  • 2013
  • Southwest Florida Police Chiefs Association Annual Meeting
  • Common Misconceptions Regarding the Heart/Lung Bill
  • 2013
  • Florida Police Chiefs Association
  • Protecting Those Who Protect and Serve
  • 2013
  • FOP Quarterly Meeting
  • Basics of the Heart/Lung Presumption
  • 2012
  • Focus on Ethics and Professionalism
  • Common Pitfalls in Practice
  • 2012
  • Focus on Ethics and Professionalism
  • Back to the Basics
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Workers compensation Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known and litigated against Mr Kelley for over 20 years. He is well-prepared, knowledgeable of the law, and fights zealously for his clients. I would endorse Mr Kelley without hesitation."
Workers compensation Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Paul is an ethical and zealous advocate for his clients, and a credit to the workers' compensation legal community."
Workers compensation Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly qualified and ethical. I've have litigated multiple claims against Mr. Kelley and have been highly impressed with his legal work and professionalism."
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Winter Garden Workers compensation Lawyer Paul Anthony Kelley
Paul Anthony Kelley
Workers compensation Attorney
Winter Garden, FL
Licensed for 36 years
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