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Craig L. Kelley

Personal injury Attorney at Omaha, NE

5.0   12 reviews

also known as Craig Kelley

  • State Years
    Iowa - IA 18 years
    Nebraska - NE 37 years
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State IA
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State NE
    Acquired 1986
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Craig

Learn Craig’s areas of practice.

As a blue-collar kid from Waterloo, NE Craig Kelley grew up around auto service stations and race tracks.

 

“I grew up in a family that raced lots of things. My family was in the service station business and our passion was racing. When I was in ninth grade, my parents bought Sunset Speedway. The great thing about the speedway business was that it allowed me to go to school in the winter and then work in the summer to make enough money to keep going to school.”

 

After graduating from Northwest Missouri State University with a business degree, he planned to bring a law degree from Creighton University back to the family business, but success in law school and trial law competitions led to a law clerk job while in law school with a big law firm representing insurance companies.

 

“I was on the other side of what we do now,” said Kelley, “and I just never was too thrilled about celebrating those wins when somebody that was injured got nothing or less than they should, and were left in a lurch after a trial or verdict or a settlement.

 

“I decided that maybe with my background and with my philosophy of life in general, that it would be better career to go over to the plaintiff’s side and represent injured people. I searched around and sent resumes to some of the succesful plaintiff’s firms in Omaha and ended up with John Inserra and his father and that’s where I have been since graduating from law school in 1986.”

 

Craig’s practice emphasizes all areas of personal injury law, with a large emphasis on vehicle, motorcycle and bicycle related cases and claims. The firm is designated legal counsel of the Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.), the Nebraska State H.O.G. Rally, and is also the designated legal counsel for most motorcycle chapters in the surrounding area.

 

“Our other new area of expertise is bad medical devices and pharmaceuticals/drugs, either as a defect in design or manufacturing,” said Kelley. “Medical device and drug liability began big with bad breast implants, bad birth control devices and bad drug side-effects. There’s been a lot of drug cases in the last 5-10 years, and these cases are national multi-distraict litigation groups that require specific expertise.  Drug companies rush to take products to the market and they don’t do the testing they used to do. We are one of few firms in Nebraska and Iowa that deal with these kind of cases on a national level.”

 

Craig and his wife, Kerry, a Deputy Director at STRATCOM Headquarters (Offutt Air Base), reside in the Dundee area of Omaha and have two college sons, Christopher and Brendan, and a high school daughter, Caitlin. Craig is also the Founder and Principal of Kelley Auto Racing Management Advisors (K.A.R.M.A.), former General Manager of Nebraska Raceway Park (now I-80 Speedway), former co-owner of Omaha’s long-time NASCAR race track, Sunset Speedway and Founder of the Dundee Chain Gang Cycling Club. He enjoys riding on his Harley Street Glide, Bicycling, golfing, watching the sports of his alma maters and being involved with his Saint Margaret Mary parish’s athletic programs and annual events.

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Location

INSERRA l KELLEY l SEWELL, Injury Attorneys
6790 Grover Street
Suite 200
Omaha, NE, 68106-3642

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Reviews

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Posted by Kimberly | June 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Motor Vehicle Accident
I was involved in a car accident while traveling to see my son who was stationed at Fort Knox and Craig Kelley worked my case and settled it for several thousand more than I had anticipated or hoped for. There was an adjuster who wasn't the easiest person to work with and Craig went over her head and did what needed to be done to help his client get the reimbursement she deserved. Craig truly believes in making sure his clients are healed before going after any type of reimbursement. He could easily push people through fast and make a profit but he takes his time because his first priority is their health and he knows that can time. I recommend Craig Kelley and John Inserra fully if you have been injured in an accident.
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Posted by Patrice | September 20, 2015
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Excellent lawyer
After being rear ended I went to my doctor due to neck and back pain. I was very fortunate to find Mr. Kelley. He is very professional, patient, and knowledgable. He returned all of my calls timely. He answered all questions clearly and kept me informed of any developments. I am not one to write reviews normally. However I was so impressed and happy with Craig Kelley I felt compelled to share my experience. I will refer family,friends, and anyone in need of a lawyer to Craig L. Kelley
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Posted by Kelsey | September 17, 2015
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Craig was excellent! I was involved in an auto accident. I was pregnant at the time, causing my case to last over a year. Craig and his staff kept up great communication during that time with doctor appointments, medical bills, and the insurance companies. Another thing I liked about Craig, was when it was time to set up a meeting, they worked great with my schedule. I would highly recommend Craig to my friends and family!
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Posted by Ben | September 2, 2015
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Craig Cares About People
After being injured by a careless driver while cycling I was not prepared to navigate through the maze of recovery from my injuries, medical bills and insurance companies. Craig Kelly is an expert and helped me to understand my case involved more than the law. His firm provided my family with complete support, encouragement and expert legal advice during the entire process. I would encourage anyone suffering a Personal Injury to call on Craig Kelly.
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Posted by anonymous | September 16, 2014
Highly recommend
We have used Craig Kelleys legal services twice and have an excellent experience, and the best outcome , my husband & I agree, possible.
Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2014
An attorney that can get the job done right.
I have worked with Craig Kelley in various roles over a number of years and hold him in the highest regard. He is extremely experienced, responsive, and dedicated. However, the trait I appreciate most is his integrity. He would sometimes take positions different than mine but always with a view towards what was in his client's best interest. That is when I knew I was working with someone I could trust.
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Posted by Robert | September 9, 2014
Former Client
I was in a serious auto accident and needed legal counsel to help maximize the recovery I received from the other motorists insurance. The other motorist who was a fault, had the minimum insurance required by Nebraska law. Mr. Kelly was able to procure the maximum available from the other drivers insurance company but it was not near enough to pay for my Auto loss or my hospital and doctor bills. I also had my own coverage for uninsured and under insured motorists. Mr. Kelly was able to maximize the amount I received from the under insured coverage from my own insurance company. My own insurance company only wanted to pay less than half of what Mr. Kelly and his firm were able to negotiate for me. It was a life saver for my family and I and we would have been lost without Mr. Kelly and his staff. Mr. Kelly and his firm are tops in our book and if we ever have need again we will not hesitate to call them. We have also recommended them to other friends who have had need.
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Posted by Dan | September 9, 2014
Craig Kelly Review
Craig was very open and gave me his honest opinion of my situation. He gave me his honest input and feedback on discisions but let me make the final determination. Kept me up to date on the progress and communications. Craig also used a local attorney from our small town that i know and trust for some of the local court filings, etc. Once my case was settled Craig helped me find financial and other individuals to help me with the next phase.
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Posted by Tara | September 9, 2014
Craig Kelley is trustworthy, friendly and passionate lawyer
My family has used Craig over the years for all legal matters and fully trust him. I unfortunately have been involved in a few car accidents. Craig represented my sister and i both a few years back and we were satisfied with the results and glad Craig was there to fight for us.
Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2014
If you want a lawyer that is a trustworthy real man then look no further
I didn't think I would need to hire a lawyer after I was in a major accident. I hired Craig about 6 months after the accident when I found out that I needed spinal surgery. I was very scared about money and the recovery from surgery. Craig took care of everything so that I was able to focus on my recovery. My only regret is that I didn't hire him the day of the accident. Craig always addressed all of my concerns promptly, regardless of how small they were. He is an honest man that really wants what's best for his clients. He is a straight talking man that will work for your best interests.
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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2014
Mr Kelley is very down to earth and easy to talk to. His staff are terrific as well.
I Recommend Mr Kelley all the time. Very pleasant. Makes you feel very comfortable. He emails and calls me personally which I really respect. Very happy that he was referred to me. Staff is great. Very professional and keep you informed.
Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2014
Craig gave me hope!
Craig Kelley was exectly what I needed at a bad time in my life. He listened to my side of the story, came up with a plan and it went just like he said. I will use him again if I need help.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-33%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • INSERRA l KELLEY l SEWELL, Injury Attorneys
  • 1986 - Present

Education

  • Creighton University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • Northwest Missouri State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Thousands of Nebraska-Iowa Cases
  • Over 99% of these cases resulted in successful settlement or jury verdict

Associations

  • End Distracted Driving
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Public Justice
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Iowa Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • InjuryBoard
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Omaha Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys
  • Member
  • 1992 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Best Personal Injury Law Firm in Omaha
  • Reader Magazine (Omaha)
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Best Personal Injury Law Firm in Omaha
  • Reader Magazine (Omaha)
  • 2013
  • Member - Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame
  • Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • 60forSafety.org
  • End Distracted Driving Presentation
  • 2012
  • 60forSafety.org
  • End Distracted Driving Presentation
  • 2012
  • 60forSafety.org
  • End Distracted Driving Presentation
  • 2012
  • 60forSafety.org
  • End Distracted Driving Presentation
  • 2012
  • 60forSafety.org
  • End Distracted Driving Presentation
  • 2012
  • NATA Annual Legal Seminar
  • Marketing your Law Firm
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (16)
Endorse Craig
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Craig Kelley is an excellent advocate on behalf his personal injury clients. He is experienced and knowledgeable. With his down to earth personality and stellar work ethic, he gives a powerful voice to his clients. I highly recommend Craig Kelley."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a younger attorney in the same industry, I have been lucky to know Craig. From the moment I met him I could tell he knew how to serve his clients from beginning to end and could see every obstacle along the way. Frankly, he is the attorney I'm striving to be and I hope I can be as strong an advocate for my clients as Craig is for his. Hiring Craig and his team for a Personal Injury matter is a wise decision."
Personal injury Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Craig because he is an outstanding trial attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the opportunity to work with Craig on a complex case involving multiple at-fault parties and multi-jurisdictional issues. Craig was an incredible advocate and worked hard to obtain a fantastic result for the client."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Craig is an excellent lawyer. Working with Craig I found him to be an a top notch advocate for his clients. Craig and his partner are diligent workers. Very result oriented. Made great recoveries for his clients in tough cases."
Car accident Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Craig is a great lawyer and a great guy. He enjoys life and loves being a trial lawyer. He's not the type of lawyer who forgets about a client after their case has ended, and that's important."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend and respect Craig. As the 2015 President of the Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association I have been fortunate to work with many fantastic lawyers around the country. Craig ranks right at the top of the legal minds I know."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the honor of serving as a mediator for Craig in a number of his personal injury suits, and I can attest that he is an outstanding attorney who is always looking out for his clients' best interests. He is always well-prepared and conducts himself with integrity and professionalism."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Craig over the years on several injury cases. Craig and his staff are very knowledgeable and experienced in all areas of Nebraska injury law. He is hard working and aggressively advocates for his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Craig is a stellar lawyer and really cares for his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Craig is a caring, conscientious lawyer who is focused on obtaining excellent results for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Great rapport and attention to detail."
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Omaha Personal injury Lawyer Craig L. Kelley
Craig L. Kelley
Personal injury Attorney
Omaha, NE
Licensed for 37 years
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