Michael A. Kelly

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger
 | 650 California Street, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-981-7210
Fax: 415-391-6965
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Mike Kelly is in his fourth decade as one of the nation’s top personal injury attorneys. Throughout that time he has protected consumers from corporate greed, medical mistakes, dangerous household products, unsafe drugs and devices, roadway accidents and a host of other wrongdoers. He has tried, arbitrated or settled more than 200 cases where the recovery by his client exceeded $1,000,000.

Kelly is consistently listed among the top tier of lawyers in the country in cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, brain injury, paralysis and medical malpractice. A member of the prestigious Inner Circle of Advocates, he is currently spearheading the litigation against the giant utility PG&E for the damage done to local residents by the recent Northern California wildfires. He was selected by Super Lawyers as a ”Top Ten” honoree for 2017-2018 and by “Best Lawyers” as the 2017 Lawyer of The Year in the area of mass torts.

When resolution by mediation or settlement fails, Kelly is ready to take his client’s cases before juries.  Within the last year he obtained a $4,000,000 jury verdict against the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District for the death of a pedestrian struck by one of its buses, negotiated a major confidential settlement against Kaiser Health plan for a high tech worker and obtained a $5.6 million dollar jury verdict against a Super Shuttle driver for the death of a retired restauranteur in a Highway 101 multi-vehicle crash. A year earlier he concluded four major cases including a $12.75 million recovery against a domestic auto maker, (auto roll over), a $10.5 million settlement for the wrongful death of a single mother and a $7.5 million birth injury malpractice recovery against a national HMO.  His $8,341,000 verdict in the first DePuy ASR / Johnson and Johnson metal-on-metal artificial hip trial set the standard for verdicts in the nationwide hip implant litigation and helped produce a $2.5 billion national settlement. His $8,350,000 verdict on behalf of a construction worker who lost an arm in a fall in the same year showed his skill in work-site injury cases. His $23,200,000 jury verdict in a birth injury medical malpractice case in Minnesota ranks among that states largest verdicts for obstetrical injury.

Beyond stellar results for his clients, Kelly is proud of his many contributions to the legal community.  He is a sought-after speaker and teacher having presented more than two hundred invited educational lectures, tutorials, presentations, seminars and advocacy demonstrations across the United States, Asia, South America, the United Kingdom and Eastern Europe. He is a regular speaker for 360 Advocacy, and chairs its annual Trucking Litigation program. He teaches regularly for NITA,  The Rutter Group, ABOTA, the Consumer Attorneys of California, AAJ  and SFTLA.  He served for 10 years as the Director of Teacher Training programs for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and remains as a member of its Board of Governors.  He has long been active in protecting the rights of the underrepresented, and working for pedestrian and bicyclist safety, lobbying for compensation fairness for medical malpractice victims and protecting the rights of the LGBT community.

In 2014, he was selected as the “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the California Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. In 2012 he was honored by the Consumer Attorneys of California with the Robert E. Cartwright award, for his work teaching Trial Advocacy. In 2011 he was honored by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy with the Robert Oliphant Award, recognizing his pro bono contributions to advocacy teaching. He has been selected as the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association’s “Trial Lawyer of the Year,” an award for which he has been nominated in three different decades.

He holds an “AV” rating (highest rating) from Martindale-Hubbell. He has been elected to the most selective legal honorary societies including the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers (for whom he served as President in 2012-2013), the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, The Summit Counsel and The Irish 100. He has served on the National Board of ABOTA and the Foundation of ABOTA.

He graduated summa cum laude from St. Mary’s College of California in 1973. He obtained his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1976. He was an Assistant Professor of Law at Hastings from 1981 – 2001.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - Products (30%): Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability

Personal Injury - General (30%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (20%): Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

Class Action/Mass Torts (20%)

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 16 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2019

Certificates and Credentials

Email Me

To: Michael A. Kelly
Super Lawyers: Potential Client Inquiry

Articles about Michael A. Kelly appearing in Super Lawyers

About Michael Kelly

Admitted: 1976, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.walkuplawoffice.com/Who-We-Are/Michael-A-Kelly-1....

Honors/Awards:

  • Summa Cum Laude, Student Body President, De La Salle Medal (Academic Excellence), Milliken Award (Student Affairs) - St. Mary's College of California
  • NITA
  • Cal ABOTA
  • Martindale-Hubbell, "AV" Rating; Top Ten Northern California "SuperLawyer" (2007, 2008, 2012); Listed, "The Best Lawyers In America" (1995- 2016); Cal-ABOTA Trial Lawyer of the Year ( 2014 );  San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association,  Trial Lawyer of the Year  (nominee 1999; 2001; 2008, 2010); Award of Merit, Bar Association of San Francisco, 2007; Award of Merit Consumer Attorneys of California, 2012, 2014; Nominated, Consumer Attorneys of California, Trial Lawyer of the Year (2008).
  • SFTLA

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Program Director, National Institute of Trial Advocacy - West Coast Teacher Training, 2001 - 2009
  • New York Teacher Training, 2009
  • San Francisco Superior Court Judge Pro Tem
  • Associate, American Board of Trial Advocates (National Board Member) 2002-2003
  • Member, San Francisco Superior Court Judicial Arbitration Arbitrator Selection Committee, (1998 - 2008)
  • Member, Board of Trustees, National Board Chapter Representative
  • Arbitrator, San Francisco Superior Court
  • Member, Executive Board, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association 1990-1995
  • Colorado Teacher Training, 2006 - 2007
  • California, 1976
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers (Member, Board of Governors, 2002 - 2009)
  • Member, Judiciary Committee, Litigation, Bar Association of San Francisco, Section Executive Committee, 2001 - 2006
  • Chapter President, National Board Chapter Representative, Elect 2009
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • President, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 1996
  • Member, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
  • Harvard Teacher Training, 2005 - 2008
  • Member, Judicial Council Advisory Committee on Civil Jury Instructions (C.A.C.I.) (2004 - 2009)
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, State Bar of California, State Bar of California
  • National Board Chapter Representative 2004 - 2009
  • Edward J. McFetridge San Francisco American Inn of Court (1990-1993)
  • San Francisco Focus Magazine, Northern California "SuperLawyer" (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
  • Association of Personal Injury Attorneys (United Kingdom)

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • C.Y.O. Sports: Youth Basketball/Baseball Coach, 1985 - 2001
  • St. Mary's College Alumni Association: Member, National Board of Directors, 1983-1989
  • Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory: Member, Board of Regents 1987-2002; President, Board of Regents, 1989-1992

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Faculty Member, Harvard University Teacher Training (Cambridge, Massachusetts), March 2003
  • Association of Defense Counsel. Speaker: "The Judicial Counsel's Jury Instructions - Are You Prepared?" (San Francisco), February 2003
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Faculty Member, Native American Tribal Court Skills Program (National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada), February 2003
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar's 18th Annual Torts Practice. Panelist: "Recent Developments in Torts" (San Francisco, Sacramento), January 2003
  • The American Board of Trial Advocates, in conjunction with ABOTA National Meeting. "Masters in Trial, Direct Examination Demonstration" (San Francisco), January 2003
  • The American Board of Trial Advocates, in conjunction with ABOTA National Meeting. "Masters in Trial, Direct Examination Demonstration" (San Francisco), January 2003
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar's 2nd Annual Torts Practice. Panelist: "Recent Developments in Torts" (San Francisco, Sacramento, Yosemite), January 1987
  • California Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention. Lecturer: "Recent Developments in Products Liability Law (Newport Beach, California), November 1987
  • California Trial Lawyers Association, Annual Convention. Lecturer: "Recognizing and Resolving Third Party Liens" (San Francisco), November 1989
  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS/AUTHORSHIP: Co-Author California Uninsured Motorist Practice (2d Ed.) Continuing Education of the Bar (August 2005 Update); Consultant, California Trial Objections (3d Ed.) Continuing Education of the Bar; Berkeley, California, 1995 (Author:  Edwin A. Heafey, Jr.); Contributor, Continuing Education of the Bar Civil Litigation Reporter (1992-1995); Consultant, Bancroft-Whitney, California Civil Practice, Torts (1992); Co-Author, "The Auto Collision Case: What You Need to Know,"; The Compleat Lawyer, A.B.A. Publications, Vol. 9 No. 3, Summer 1992.  PRESENTATIONS/LECTURES: January 2009 - Osaka Bar Association Litigation Advocacy Training Program Director and Team Leader (Osaka, Japan); California Continuing Education of the Bar's 24th Annual Torts Practice. Panelist: "Recent Developments in Torts" (San Francisco, Sacramento); Bar Association of San Francisco. Panelist: Dealing With The Toxic Client (San Francisco); November 2008 - National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Program Director: West Coast Advocacy Teacher Training, University of San Francisco School of Law (San Francisco); August 2008 - Consumer Attorneys of California, Vehicle Dynamics and Handling Seminar. Presenter: :Deposing the Defense Automobile Accident Reconstruction Engineer" (Sonoma, California); June 2008 - University of San Francisco, Kendrick Hall School of Law, Intensive Advocacy Program. Lecturer: :Final Argument" (San Francisco, California); American Board of Trial Advocates, San Francisco Chapter, Masters of Cross-Examination.  Program Director: :How to Cross-Examine and Impeach Lay and Expert Witnesses" (San Francisco, California); May 2008 - Low, Ball & Lynch Annual Update, :Damages In Wrongful Death Actions." Presenter (San Francisco, California); California Medical Association, Eleventh Annual Health Care Leaders Academy. Presenter: "Avoiding Medical Malpractice" (Anaheim, California); April 2008 - National Institute of Trial Advocacy U.K.  Program Director/Faculty Member: Scottish Prosecutor's Training (Edinburgh, Scotland); March 2008 - National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Program Director: Boston Teacher Training (Boston, Massachusetts); January 2008 - Federation of Japanese Bar Associations (JFBA).  Advisor/Instructor: National Litigation Skills Training (Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan); January 2008 - California Continuing Education of the Bar's 23rd Annual Torts Practice. Panelist: "Recent Developments in Torts" (Sacramento); December 2007 - San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association.  Panelist: CLE Program,: Tactical Containment of Experts: Exorcising Economic Experts"  (San Francisco); The Rutter Group, 2008 Torts Update. Panelist (San Francisco, Los Angeles); November 2007 - Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada. Lecturer: "College of Hard Knocks" (San Francisco); Bar Association of San Francisco. Co-Director: Juvenile Trial Advocacy Clinic  (San Francisco); National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Program Director: Western Teacher Training, University of San Francisco School of Law, Kendrick Hall School of Law  (San Francisco, California); October 2007 - National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Faculty Member: Pacific Regional Trial Skills Program (San Diego, California); American Society of Anesthetics, 2007 Annual Meeting. Invited Lecturer: "Risk Management and Professional Liability Issues" (San Francisco); July 2007 - National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Director: National Trial Skills Program. (Boulder, Colorado); March 2007 - National Institute of Trial Advocacy.  Program Director: Advocacy Teacher Training  (Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts); December 2006 - The Rutter Group, 2007 Torts Update.  Panelist  (San Francisco, Los Angelis; November 2006  - National Institute of Trial Advocacy.  Program Director: Western Teacher Training, University of San Francisco School of Law, Kendrick Hall School of Law (San Francisco, California); American Board of Trial Advocates, Sacramento Chapter Masters in Trial.  Presenter: Opening Statement.  (Sacramento); October 2006 - National Institute of Trial Advocacy.  Faculty Member: Pacific Regional Trial Skills Program  (San Diego, California); July 2006 - National Institute of Trial Advocacy.  Faculty Member: National Trial Skills Program  (Boulder, Colorado); May 2006 - University of San Francisco, Kendrick Hall School of Law, Intensive Advocacy Program.  Lecturer: "Final Argument"  (San Francisco, California); April 2006 - San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association.  Program Moderator: "On Suing MUNI".  (San Francisco, California); March 2006 - National Institute of Trial Advocacy.  Program Director: Advocacy Teacher Training  (Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts); January 2006 - California Continuing Education of the Bar's 21st Annual Torts Practice.  Panelist: "Recent Developments in Torts" (San Francisco, Sacramento); December 2005 - The Rutter Group, Personal Injury Update. Panelist (San Francisco, Newport Beach); November 2005 - National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Program Director: West Coast Advocacy Teacher Training, University of San Francisco School of Law  (San Francisco); October 2005 - National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Faculty Member: Pacific Regional Trial Skills Program (San Diego); July 2005 - National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Team Leader: National Trial Skills Program  (Boulder, Colorado); June 2005 - San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association Presentation.  Speaker: "The Scientific, Artistic and Efficient Use of a Trial Lawyer's Most Basic Weapon: Cross-Examination"; May 2005 - American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) "Masters in Trial - Ultimate Trial Notebook". Lecturer: Direct and Cross-Examination (San Francisco); National Institute of Trial Advocacy.  Faculty Member: Southwest Regional Trial Skills Program  (University of New Mexico School of Law - Albuquerque, NM); Microsoft Corporation Advocacy Academy.  Faculty Member (Seattle, WA); April 2005 - University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.  Presenter: "Medical Liability Reform - Is MICRA Fair?"  (San Francisco); February 2005 - Public Interest Law Group Advocacy Trial.  Faculty Member, University of San Francisco Kendrick School of Law  (San Francisco); January 2005 - California Continuing Education of the Bar's 20th Annual Torts Practice. Panelist: "Recent Developments in Torts"  (San Francisco, Sacramento).
  • Co-Author California Uninsured Motorist Practice (2d Ed.) Continuing Education of the Bar (August 2005 Update)
  • Consultant, California Trial Objections (3d Ed.) Continuing Education of the Bar; Berkeley, California, 1995 (Author: Edwin A. Heafey, Jr.)
  • Contributor, Continuing Education of the Bar Civil Litigation Reporter (1992-1995)
  • Consultant, Bancroft-Whitney, California Civil Practice, Torts (1992)
  • Co-Author, "The Auto Collision Case: What You Need to Know," The Compleat Lawyer, A.B.A. Publications, Vol. 9 No. 3, Summer 1992
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar's 14th Annual Torts Practice. Panelist: "Recent Developments in Torts (San Francisco, Sacramento), January 1999
  • Lecturer: "Standard of Care" presented to Surgical Grand Rounds at U.C.S.F./Mt. Zion Hospital (sponsored by U.C.S.F./Mt. Zion Risk Management). June 1998
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Faculty Member, Southwest Regional Program (University of New Mexico - Albuquerque, N.M.), May 1998
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Director/Faculty Member: West Coast Teacher Training (San Francisco), November 2002
  • ABA/CEELI Advocacy Training. Program Leader (Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia), December 2004
  • 54th Annual Meeting, American Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Guest Speaker: "Medical Liability", October 2004
  • University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. Panelist: "Evidence Based Medicine and Risk Management" (San Francisco), July 2004
  • University of San Francisco, Kendrick Hall School of Law, Intensive Advocacy Program. Lecturer: "Closing Argument" (San Francisco), May 2004
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar's 19th Annual Torts Practice. Panelist: "Recent Developments in Torts" (San Francisco, Sacramento), January 2004
  • Association of Defense Counsel 44th Annual Meeting. Speaker: "California's All New Plain-English Civil Jury Instructions" (San Francisco), December 2003
  • Northern Ireland Advocacy Working Party and NITA, U.K. Faculty Member, Solicitors Advanced Advocacy Training, Queens College, Belfast, Northern Ireland., September 2003
  • University of San Francisco Intensive Advocacy Program. Lecturer: "Making a Convincing Closing Argument" (Kendrick Hall Law School, San Francisco, May 2003

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Infant v. HMO (Birth Injury - Diplegia) $3,975,000 Settlement
  • Rachel K. v. Truck Line Operator (Bicycle v. Semi-Truck - Catastrophic Injuries) $15,000,000.00 Settlement
  • Student v. Daimler-Chrysler (Product Liability) $3,000,000 Settlement
  • Dahl V. Stone M.D. (Paraplegia - Medical Malpractice) $9,420, 840.00 Jury Verdict
  • Govil v. Golden Gate Bridge (Highway & Transportation District / Government Liability) $2,500,000 Settlement
  • Child v. Pediatric Neurosurgeon (Quadriplegia - Surgical Error) $6,350,000 Settlement
  • Arnold v. City and County of San Francisco (Police Negligence) $1,500,000 Settlement
  • Student v. Valley Unified School District (Negligent School Supervision Paraplegia) $4,500,000 Settlement
  • Machinist v. Industrial Machine Design (Product Liability - Brain Damage) $4,000,000 Settlement
  • Goodloe v. Bell Sports, Inc. (Defective Consumer Product) $17,000,000 Jury Verdict
  • Ethier v. Poindexter (Wrongful Death of Child) $3,030,000 Jury Verdict
  • Twins v. Fertility Center (Fertility Clinic Negligence / Congenital Disease) $9,500,000 Settlement
  • Baby Y. v. Sutter Health (Failure to Diagnose Kernicterus) $2,900,000 Settlement
  • Henry V. v. PG&E (Electrocution / Utility Negligence) $7,000,000 Settlement
  • Dani S. v. Maritime Industries (Boating Accident) $2,025,000 Settlement
  • Diana C. v. Devicemaker (Defective Medical Device / Paralysis) $5,250,000 Settlement
  • Richard T. v. HMO (Brain Damage / Failure to Diagnose Cardiomyopathy) $4,250,000 Settlement
  • Jastrab v. Kelada (Failure to Diagnose Soft Tissue Infection) $3,170,000 Jury Verdict
  • Family of H. v. UpRight, Inc. (Defective Industrial Product - Wrongful Death) $10,000,000 Settlement
  • Michael N. v. U.S. Automaker (Vehicle Stability Defect - Rollover Accident) $2,900,000 Settlement
  • Perry v. Budget Rent-A-Car (Automobile Accident) $8,775,000 Jury Verdict
  • Magana v. Sunshine (Trench Cave-In - Abdominal Injury) $2,150,000 Settlement
  • Johnston v. American Honda Motor Co. (Product Liability - Wrongful Death) $5,760,000 Jury Verdict
  • Michael O. v. County of Kern (Dangerous Highway - Brain Damage) $4,500,000 Settlement

Educational Background:

  • St. Mary's College of California, B.A. in 1973

Industry Groups

  • Inner Circle Of Advoates; IATL; ACTL; ISOB; NITA; ABOTA
Find Me Online
Office Location for Michael A. Kelly

650 California Street
26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

Phone: 415-981-7210

Fax: 415-391-6965

Michael A. Kelly:

Last Updated: 2/8/2019

Page Generated: 0.78978180885315 sec