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As the proud managing attorney of a 41 year firm and 34 person staff firm (9 family law lawyers) I can honestly say "You are not alone!"


 


Michael Kelly’s Legal Accomplishments (see newspaper clippings on website: CFLI.com


 


1) First California attorney to try Grandparents Rights Suit (Petrikin 1970)


2) First California attorney appointed by children to represent them as individuals in a divorce (Ryan 1984)


3) First California attorney to file suit against abducting parent under Penal Code 278.5, for $2.50 million (Ward 1985)


4) Largest child abduction award litigated in the United States, $12.4 million (Wang 1993)


5) Assisted in the rewriting and expansion of California Code 4606 “Children’s right to an attorney” (Ryan 1985)  


 


Chairmanships:


 


1) Chairman, American Bar Custody Committee – 2003


2) Chairman, California State Bar Custody Committee, 2 years


3) Chairman, Santa Monica Bar Family Law Section, 3 years


4) Chairman, Trial Lawyers – Family Law Membership Committee, 2 years


5) Chairman, California Family Law Institute


6) Chairman, American Bar Family Interstate Custody Task Force


7) Chairman, American Bar Family Law Practical use of Computers, 1991


8) Chairman, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce Legal Committee


9) Course Producer and Moderator, Negotiations, Joint Meeting of


10) California State Bar, Child Custody, Support and Division of Property Committees, 1988


11) Member: Los Angeles County, Santa Monica (Co-Chairman, Family Law Section, 1984-1986) and American Bar


12) Irish American Bar Association.


 



Teacher:


 


Taught continuing education accredited courses on family law custody and advance divorce at the University of Southern California


 


Author:


 


1) “Evil People in Divorce”
2) "The Unwritten Laws of Divorce"
3) "Divorce is War"
4) "Divorce Dictionary"
5) "Great White Chronicles"
6) "The Success Dictionary"
7) "Super Order"
8) "Warriors Path"
9) "Best Interests of the Child"


 


No charge consultation (310) 393-0236


 


 

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Family: 50%
    48 years, 105 cases
  2. Divorce: 50%
    48 years, 105 cases

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Contact info

Michael Kelly Family Law - (free consultation)

429 Santa Monica Blvd
Ste 120
Santa Monica, CA, 90401

429 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 120
Po Box 1128
Santa Monica, CA, 90406

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive196905/24/2016
DCSuspended197607/10/2016
FLMember in Good Standing - CLER Exempt196806/19/2016

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Public reproval with/duties
    issued in CA, 2000

    updated

    This sanction means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar placed conditions on the lawyer's activities to try to prevent a recurrence of the wrongful act.

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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
City MarshallCity of Ithaca1958
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ChairmanAmerican Bar Custody Committee – 20032003 - 2003
ChairmanAmerican Bar Family Law Practical use of Computers, 19911991 - 1991
ChairmanCalifornia State Bar, Child Custody, Support and Division of Property Committees, 19881988 - 1988
MemberLos Angeles County, Santa Monica (Co-Chairman, Family Law Section, 1984-1986) and American Bar1984 - 1986
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Irish American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
California State Bar Custody Committee, 2 yearsChairmanN/A
Santa Monica Bar Family Law Section, 3 yearsChairmanN/A
Trial Lawyers – Family Law Membership Committee, 2 yearsChairmanN/A
California Family Law InstituteChairmanN/A
American Bar Family Interstate Custody Task ForceChairmanN/A
Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce Legal CommitteeChairmanN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Petrikin 1970Successful!
Ryan 1984Successful!
Ward 1985Successful!
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Evil People in DivorceEvil People in Divorce1995
Qualities of a Southern GentlemanQualities of a Southern Gentleman1995
60 Rules of California Divorce60 Rules of California Divorce to Help You Win!1995
California Lawyer ExcusesCalifornia Lawyer Excuses1995
High Performance & SuperOrder Your Life!High Performance & SuperOrder Your Life!1995
Cloaking: Human Predators in DivorceCloaking: Human Predators in Divorce1995
Spiders in DivorceSpiders in Divorce1995
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Miami School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1968
Ithaca CollegeHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1963
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Law SeminarsDivorce and Child Custody2010