|FL||Member in Good Standing - CLER Exempt||1968||01/30/2017|
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.
A censure or reprimand issued by the Supreme Court or the State Bar Court that is not a matter of public record unless imposed after the initiation of formal disciplinary proceedings. No period of suspension is imposed. The reproval may be imposed with duties or conditions.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|City Marshall||City of Ithaca||1958|
|Chairman||American Bar Custody Committee – 2003||2003 - 2003|
|Chairman||American Bar Family Law Practical use of Computers, 1991||1991 - 1991|
|Chairman||California State Bar, Child Custody, Support and Division of Property Committees, 1988||1988 - 1988|
|Member||Los Angeles County, Santa Monica (Co-Chairman, Family Law Section, 1984-1986) and American Bar||1984 - 1986|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Irish American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|California State Bar Custody Committee, 2 years||Chairman||N/A|
|Santa Monica Bar Family Law Section, 3 years||Chairman||N/A|
|Trial Lawyers – Family Law Membership Committee, 2 years||Chairman||N/A|
|California Family Law Institute||Chairman||N/A|
|American Bar Family Interstate Custody Task Force||Chairman||N/A|
|Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce Legal Committee||Chairman||N/A|
|See all legal cases|
|Evil People in Divorce||Evil People in Divorce||1995|
|Qualities of a Southern Gentleman||Qualities of a Southern Gentleman||1995|
|60 Rules of California Divorce||60 Rules of California Divorce to Help You Win!||1995|
|California Lawyer Excuses||California Lawyer Excuses||1995|
|High Performance & SuperOrder Your Life!||High Performance & SuperOrder Your Life!||1995|
|Cloaking: Human Predators in Divorce||Cloaking: Human Predators in Divorce||1995|
|Spiders in Divorce||Spiders in Divorce||1995|
|University of Miami School of Law||Law||Juris Doctorate||1968|
|Ithaca College (New York, rural upstate)||History||Bachelor of Arts||1963|
|Family Law Seminars||Divorce and Child Custody||2010|
Posted by anonymous
Don't fall for the act.
'Michael Kelly' and 'J Michael Kelly' as he is also known, is the recipient of numerous 'ripoff reports' and professional misconduct actions for sound reasons. In my case he exhibited callous greed, shoddy practices, and total lack of concern.
People who seek legal help are usually in crisis. Family law involves the safety and well being of those dear to you.
Be mindful of the dramatic focus and financial part of Mr. Kelly's multilevel intake process. He's sizing you up. Once the retainer is signed, you're just another revenue stream.
He preyed on my (legitimate) fears about my abusive violent ex who already had (3) criminal and domestic violence restraining orders and significant documentation of unresolved substance abuse. Mr. Kelley used that info to demand an 18k retainer and an hourly rate of $600 promising 'aggressive' and expedient advocacy assuring me we would be protected. The meeting in which I signed the retainer was the last I saw of Mr. Kelly.
He passed me off to a junior partner who hadn't read the file and was coached via cell phone on our way into court appearances using terms like 'slam dunk' I thought were about wrangling my ex.
Over the next 2 months they didn't do anything except spend my money on weekly ex parte/emergency hearings in which the junior partner appeared. Pleadings were filed/served late/improperly, omitted the critical details and documentation needed to address safety issues, contained errors, and sections cut and pasted from other cases which included the wrong names (that were not examples of case law).
None of the evidence of my ex's physical/emotional abuse, stalking, or DUIs was presented, so nothing was accomplished except giving opposing counsel the opportunity to plead 'no grounds' for the actions and use that to plead my ex as the maligned victim of 'unsubstantiated' claims, and with none of the evidence presented by my counsel, the judge believed it and granted unsupervised visits with heartbreaking results; my beautiful little boy sustained injuries during visitation that leave him permanently disabled.
Mr. Kelly had no comment before I ended his representation.
Literally adding insult to injury, I received the bill for our 2 month tenure with a 20k balance due (on top of the $18k retainer) calculated with Mr. Kelly's $600 hourly (instead of the junior partner's $300 rate), hundreds in per page copy fees and postage, thousands in calls, emails, and filings that didn't happen, plus interest, and was harassed by his collections department until served with a letter giving notice he was being sued for malpractice.
Posted by Channion
I can't thank Michael Kelly and his team enough.They were very professional and took good care of me. I came in because my previous order on child support was very low and he assured me they can get me more. Well they did!!! I have much more for child support plus spousal, and he has to pay for child care. I am very pleased with Mr. Michael, Crystal BoultingHouse, and Ms. Caitlin Phillips. My daughters father was trying to drag the case on; They worked fast and was reasonable. Being a single mom is not easy but from them taking care of me, it's made life financially easier. Thank you so so much!
Posted by Rapinder
I hired Kelly law firm for my divorce case.They are so professional ,I have no words for them, they are just outstanding .If I would have retained them my case would have been finished till now,but unfortunately I was not in a position to pay for their services. I hired a solo lawyer who just spoiled my whole case.I dont think I will like any lawyer after I interacted with them.They kept me inform of every single move,and that really matters.