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Michael Louis Kelly

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Michael Louis Kelly is consistently rated as one of the nation's top consumer trial lawyers.  He specializes in wrongful death, catastrophic injury, class action and business claims throughout the state of California.  Mr. Kelly also holds an Air Transport Pilot rating (ATP), the highest civilian rating issued by the FAA, and donates his time as a volunteer pilot, flying rescue dogs from the kill shelters of Los Angeles to new homes in the Pacific Northwest with Wings of Rescue, a nonprofit animal rescue group. 



Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Mandarin, Vietnamese

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Practice areas


  1. Wrongful Termination: 25%
    38 years, 49 cases
  2. Class Action: 25%
    38 years, 110 cases
  3. Personal Injury: 25%
    38 years, 356 cases
  4. Wrongful Death: 25%
    38 years, 120 cases



Contingent (33-40%)

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    I endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Kelly is a highly skilled and experienced attorney. He refuses to take "no" for an answer and is committed to facing any challenge, no matter how overwhelming, in order to obtain the absolute best outcome for his clients. His tenacious nature and ability to assess complex situations has allowed him to achieve excellent results and recover millions of dollars.


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Contact info

Los Angeles Office:

2041 Rosecrans Avenue 3rd Floor
El Segundo, CA, 90245-4916

San Francisco Office:

One Sansome Street
Suite 3500
San Francicso, CA, 94101



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2016
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Top 1% Award Aviation AccidentsLitigator Awards2015
Top 1% Award Brain InjuryLitigator Awards2015
Top 1% Award Spinal Cord InjuryLitigator Awards2015
Top 1% Award Business Torts & FraudLitigator Awards2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Top 1% Award Auto DefectsLitigator Awards2014
Top 1% Award Mass TortsLitigator Awards2014
Top 1% Award Wrongful TerminationLitigator Awards2014
Top %1 Award Business Torts & FraudLitigator Awards2014
Top 1% Award Personal InjuryLitigator Awards2014
Top 1% Award Comsumer Class ActionsLitigator Awards2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in CaliforniaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA)2008
Southern California SuperlawyerSouthern California Superlawyers2007
Leading 500 Lawyers in AmericaLawdragon2007
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2007
Leading 500 Plaintiff Lawyers in AmericaLawdragon2006
SuperlawyerSuper Lawyers2006
Top 10 USA VerdictsLawyers Weekly2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior PartnerKirtland & Packard LLP1978 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Colorado Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1978 - Present
Wings of RescueVolunteer Rescue Pilot2012 - 2016
Association of Business Trial Lawyers of Los AngelesMember2002 - 2007
South Bay Bar AssociationFellow2002 - 2016
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1995 - 2016
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember1991 - 2008
American Bar AssociationVice Chairperson, Section of Tort and Insurance Practice1990 - 1991
American Bar AssociationVice Chairperson, Committe on Aviation Litigation1990 - 1992
Lawyer Pilots Bar AssociationMember1990 - 2008
American Bar AssociationMember, Section of Science and Technology1989 - 1992
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Baker v. PirvatAir$63,900,000 Jury Verdict
Parties Confidential$18,500,000 Settlement after 17 days of trial
Opperman v. Verizon$12,200,000 Settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
www.CourtroomWarrior.comEffective Presentation of Spinal Cord Injuries2015
www.CourtroomWarrior.coHow do Class Actions Work?2012
www.CourtroomWarrior.comEffective Use of Expert Witnesses2010
Lawyers and SettlementsInterview with a Class Action Lawyer2010
www.CourtroomWarrior.comEffective Use of Demonstrative Exhibits at Trial2008
LawyersandSettlements.comHollywood Presentation Seen as Key to Success With Jury2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Idaho College of LawLitigationJD - Juris Doctor1978
Seattle UniversityPre-LawBA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Southern California Defense Counsel- Employment SeminarPlaintiff's view of Punitive Damages in Wrongful Discharge cases2006