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James Michael Kelley III

About James Kelley

About me

Jay's practice focuses on civil trial work in state and federal courts in matters of medical negligence and wrongful death arising from birth injury, surgery; oncological, cardiac and pharmaceutical product liability causes. Jay has presented to jury more than 70 cases, including felony prosecution, criminal defense, civil defense and civil plaintiff cases. He has been lead counsel on cases in more than 30 Ohio counties, appellate courts and the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Jay was included in the 22nd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for Medical Malpractice Law and Personal Injury Litigation.

Jay has been recognized as an “Ohio Super Lawyer” for three consecutive years, maintains the highest AVVO rating and received a 5.0/5.0 AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ by members of the Bar and Judiciary for his legal ability and professional ethical standards. He has been named as a Top Ten Attorney in State of Ohio (2011) by Super Lawyers, Cincinnati and Columbus Magazine, Top 100 Attorneys in Ohio (2010) and a Top 50 lawyer in Cleveland by Ohio Super Lawyers (2009). Jay is a past member of the board of trustees for Ohio Association of Justice and currently serves on Board of Trustees for The Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys. Nationally, he’s a member of the American Association of Justice's “Leadership Forum.”

Jay speaks internationally to medical and legal groups on the issue of birth injury and medical liability. In 2008, Jay was reviewer for a fetal monitoring textbook used by physicians around the country on the issue of liability for birth injuries. Jay has recently submitted a chapter on Medical Legal Liability in Gynecology for print in 2011 in Katz, 6th Edition Comprehensive Gynecology. The respect of the medical community provides access to leading experts and optimal results.