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Kelly Elizabeth Balamuth

Estate planning Attorney at Moraga, CA

5.0   12 reviews

also known as Kelly Balamuth

  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Kelly

Learn Kelly’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. Estate planning
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    Keeping families out of court and out of conflict is our number one priority. Estate planning can make your life better, it really can, by making sure you have a plan for death and incapacity.

    5 years, 50 cases

Attorney Kelly Balamuth's estate planning practice focuses on helping families enhance their lives today and secure their futures tomorrow. For over 25 years, she has also represented folks who have received an injury as a result someone else's fault. Kelly graduated from U.C. Davis School of Law and joined her father's practice in Orinda the same year, eventually taking over the practice and continuing to serve our local community. She has been named a Super Lawyer every year for over a decade and one of the top 50 women attorneys in Northern California by Super Lawyers for multiple years. has rated her a superb attorney with a 10/10 rating. Kelly has chosen to concentrate on the Trusts and Estates area because she is passionate about helping families create happy and secure futures. Most importantly, Kelly is the proud mother of Grady, Piper, and Truitt, step-mother of Marley, and grandmother of Charity.

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Location

Balamuth Law, P.C.
1001 Country Club Dr., #F
Moraga, CA, 94556

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Reviews

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Posted by Dorothy | October 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Balamith law group.
This was an amazing 1st experience. The Balamuth group were so attentive to me. They went above and beyond. They delved into areas i never even thought of. They minimized my confusion and doubt. They were very understanding of my injuries and came to my home. They focused on all areas and avenues to get the best outcome for my age and how this would affect the rest of my life. They never ever tried to force me to settle. They were amazing in all aspects of my case. You cannot lose with Balamith law group..the best!
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Posted by Gayle | December 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Personal Injury
I retained Kelly after being hit by an automobile while riding my bicycle. Kelly negotiated an impressive settlement from the driver's insurance company. I provided her with relevant information and she gave me outstanding advice, while relieving me of the need to contact the insurance company and Medicare. I was impressed by the professionalism of her written communications and highly recommend her.
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Posted by Karen | June 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Result
My 87 year old father had a medical malpractice case that Kelly represented him on. She very quickly brought the case to mediation and negotiated a settlement for the most money she could get for dad given the facts of the case. During the process she provided informationon ion and explanations so we always understood the process. I highly recommend her to anyone who has a legal issue.
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Posted by Kay | June 29, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A kind and committed personal injury lawyer
I needed to consult with a personal injury attorney, and I heard through the grapevine that Kelly Balamuth is one of the best in the biz. The grapevine was correct: Ms. Balamuth provided me with expert legal advice that was enormously helpful. She is a highly experienced civil litigator who consistently earns the highest ratings from both her clients and colleagues. Her ratings are well deserved: As I found out, she is a brilliant advocate who knows the laws and local practices that will win civil lawsuits, and also knows the techniques necessary to successfully negotiate with insurance companies to settle claims without the stress of going to trial. She was generous with her time and expertise. She is honest, kind and collaborative. She seemed genuinely motivated to help me win my case as painlessly as possible. Her fees were reasonable as well. I would recommend her without hesitation to anyone who has been injured and thinks they have a serious personal injury claim.
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Posted by Tim | June 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A great, collaborative, and honest attorney
In 2012 my wife was rear-ended while driving and she suffered a very painful soft tissue neck injury. Naively thinking the insurance company would be reasonable and cover the cost of treatments plus compensate her for the pain / suffering / inconvenience, we didn't hire an attorney. That was a huge mistake as the insurance industry is focused on paying as little as possible and they know that as an individual I lack the bandwidth and resources to fight them. The net is that for this particular incident in 2012 we had to settle for a paltry sum that didn't even close to covering the thousands of dollars we spent in medical co-pays alone, not to mention the pain and suffering my wife endured trying to recover from her injury. Fast forward to 2015 and my wife and daughter were involved in a no-fault, multiple car accident and while the property damages were extensive, thankfully the injuries were again soft tissue ones. After that earlier experience I knew I had to find a good attorney as I faced the prospect of fighting the insurance company to cover reasonable treatments so my wife and daughter could heal. For those who are familiar with soft tissue injuries, these are one of the more challenging / difficult cases for an attorney to take on. Call it serendipity or providence, I did a web search on local personal injury attorneys and clicked on the website for Kelly Balamuth. Kelly has published some interesting articles about personal injury law and after feeling confident she distinguished herself from the pack, I gave her a call. I am so thankful I ended up approaching Kelly as I found her to be very professional, knowledgeable, personable, and most important, realistic in helping set appropriate expectations. Kelly didn't promise me the moon, she helped me understand these were difficult cases, and yet she was willing to take on my challenging case to help me do battle with the insurance company. I very much felt that Kelly was my advocate and in spite of very little gain for herself, she was willing to put forth the effort to ensure we reached an equitable settlement. How I just described Kelly was put to the test when the insurance company decided (no surprise) to low-ball their offer. What was unique about Kelly is that she didn't fold up her tent and say that's the best she could do and then take her cut of the settlement. Kelly continued to fight the insurance company and negotiated with the medical providers to lower their fees so that my wife and daughter would get a larger settlement. On top of that, Kelly even significantly reduced her own fees (waived them completely for my daughter) as she was so upset at what the insurance company was doing. I hope this gives you a deeper perspective of the type of attorney Kelly is. She fights for you, she's honest, and she's willing to do everything in her power to make the situation as fair as possible. I highly recommend Kelly as an attorney and am very thankful for all the hard work she put into my case, while in the grand scheme of things, really wasn't that important. I hope my family will never need a personal injury again, but if we do, Kelly will be my first phone call.
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Posted by Kevin | March 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Motorcycle accident
Kelly and her Firm handle my motorcycle accident case and did an excellent job she kept me informed and updated thru out the the process ...she expedited my case faster they I thought..she cared very much for my injury and my loss...she is the upmost professional ..I would use her Law firm again and would definitely recommend Her To anyone looking for Good professional attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Responsive, Caring, & Generous
I contacted Ms. Balamuth via Avvo because I was involved in a car accident. She called back immediately the next day and inquired about the details of my accident. Unfortunately, the amount of damage involved was not large enough for her to handle my case. Nevertheless, she was very helpful in suggesting possible next steps that I could take on my own. Hopefully I will not be involved in any accident in the future that's serious enough for Ms. Balamuth to get involved in. But if I do, I will not hesitate to have Ms. Balamuth's as my counsel.
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Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2010
Excellent Representation
Kelly Balamuth represented me after I was hospitalized with Campylobacter Jenuni. While food poisoning cases are difficult to negotiate, Ms. Balamuth negotiated an equitable settlement on my behalf. Client Communication and follow up are key to establishing an attorney-client relationship and I immediately felt that Ms. Balamuth would work in my best interest and she did just that.
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Posted by Bill & Becky B | May 25, 2010
Professional and Caring
Kelly represented us in a wrongful death case after our 19 year old daughter was killed in a car crash. In the shock and confusion that followed the accident we hadn't even thought of taking any legal action. Kelly was referred to us by someone we trusted so we set up an appointment to meet with her. We were extremely impressed with Kelly. She was very professional, which was nothing more than we expected. What was more important, and what we hadn't anticipated, was the empathy, caring and sensitivity she showed us throughout the process. She let us set the pace of how much involvement and frequency of updates we wanted in the proceedings. She made sure we knew what we needed to know, when we needed to know it. She made herself available anytime we needed, or just wanted, to talk and always made it as convenient as possible for us. Kelly always gave us her best legal advice and helped us make the decisions we had to make along the way. We would have no hesitation recommending Kelly to anyone in need of a personal injury attorney. She genuinely cares about her clients and treats them with the utmost respect and sincerity.
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Posted by James | May 20, 2010
Honor Represented Well with Balamuth & Harrington LLP!!!
In September of 2009, I was hit on my motorcycle. Ironically, as if out of a movie, a lawyer showed up on the scene. Before deciding to use "Superman", I was given an incredible report on a very personable yet professional lawyer by the name of Kelly Balamuth. Now, she made me no promises other than the fact that she would do everything in her power to make sure that ALL my needs were taken care of and this was over the phone during our initial conversation. It did help that the at fault driver admitted fault and this was also supported by the police report. But... if you have ever had to deal with "the other parties" insurance company as well as their attorney, then you know nothing is settled until the check is in hand and clears the bank! Kelly made sure of this indeed! From the moment I walked into her office in Orinda, CA, I was treated with warmth and genuine care and kindness starting with her assistant, Parya, who seems to have a permanent smile on her kind face. You could say that I am bias because "I was not at fault" and my case was "easy" but you would not have the full story. Kelly went beyond the call of duty. SHE acquired medical services for me when I was at a lost for this. SHE took the time to "teach" me about how the system works and what I "should" do as well as "not" do. I never felt alone, at anytime, in the entire process. In fact, I felt as if she worked for me as my personal on staff attorney! Kelly and her staff kept me in the loop every step of the way. She would even call me just to see how I was doing. A simple courtesy forgotten in this world of what can you do for me and how much can I make from it! My case was settled in a very timely fashion. Kelly even took the time to call and email me while she was on a scheduled brief vacation! She did not pass me over to her partner or anyone else for that matter. It was like she took what I was going through personally! Here is the biggest clue to her personality as well as a testament to her character... My case has been settled for several months now. All checks have been deposited and Kelly has been paid. I have received follow up emails, texts and personal phone calls from Kelly just to say hi and to make sure that I am doing well! How many lawyers do you know of caring this much about you AFTER the checks have been cashed and the baby put to bed?! I am trying to figure out a way to steal her away and make her the personal lawyer for my business! You would be wise to meet and discuss your case with Balamuth Harrington LLP! Even if it is just to have a "True & Fair" objective and knowledgeable opinion to your accident and injury case. Thank You Kelly! I truly, from my heart, appreciate every single thing you have done for me and my family! ~ James K
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Posted by Hollis | December 5, 2009
Assertive Representation
Kelly represented me in an attorney malpractice case over the course of 3-1/2 years. She was steadfast in being extremely thorough, knowledgeable, supportive and assertive in pursuit of a faborable and fair outcome that we achieved. I recommend her firm highly.
Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2008
Aggressive and Brilliant
Kelly is a go getter. she's aggressive and intelligent and couples those attributes with empathy for her clients, making her unstoppable!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Balamuth Law
  • 1994 - Present

Education

  • University of California at Davis School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • University of California - Davis
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • H v. H
  • $200,000 settlement
  • L v. W
  • $1,500,000 settlement.
  • V. matter
  • $350,000 settlement for his surviving sibling.
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Associations

  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Women's Section
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association
  • Past President
  • 2003 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Contra Costa County Superior Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
  • Committee Member
  • N/A
  • Solano County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Alameda County Superior Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
  • Committee member
  • N/A
  • California Bar Foundation
  • Donor
  • 2007 - 2007
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association
  • President
  • 2002 - 2002
  • Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - 2002
  • Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - 2014
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member
  • 1994 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 50 Women Attorneys
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 50 Women Attorneys
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Top 50 Women Attorneys
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Top 50 Women Attorneys
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
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Publications

  • The Verdict (Alameda-Contra Costa County Trial Lawyers Association)
  • Medical Malpractice - a Primer
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • MCLE Spectacular
  • Mediation is a Process, Not an Event
  • 2014
  • Tips from the Masters: Cross-Examining the Defense Expert
  • Cross-Examining the Damages Expert
  • 2008
  • State convention
  • Depositions on Videotape for Trial
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
Endorse Kelly
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kelly is a wonderful human and an intelligent and caring attorney! I would confidently recommend people to her for help with serious personal injury cases."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kelly is experienced and knowledgeable. She is responsive to the client's needs,provides an honest evaluation of the case, and gets results."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very competent; always well prepared; clients and adversaries have great respect for her abilities."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kelly is whip-smart and compassionate, two of the most important qualities in someone who represents injured people."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Kelly is a terrific lawyer with a proven track record of great results both in and out of the courtroom."
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Moraga Estate planning Lawyer Kelly Elizabeth Balamuth
Kelly Elizabeth Balamuth
Estate planning Attorney
Moraga, CA
Licensed for 29 years
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