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Steven J. Kelly

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Baltimore, MD

Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP
111 South Calvert Street, Suite 1950
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: 410-834-7416
Fax: 410-834-7425
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2023
Selected to Rising Stars: 2011 - 2013
Licensed in Maryland Since: 2003
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Criminal Defense
Attorney Profile

An attorney and partner at the law firm of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, Steven J. Kelly has dedicated his practice to fighting for the rights of Maryland residents who are victims of heinous sexual abuse and violent crimes. He works out of the firm’s Baltimore, Maryland, location and serves as the co-chair of its Criminal/Sexual Violence Litigation Group. 

As a family member of a sexual abuse victim, Mr. Kelly understands firsthand how it affects families of all societal levels and the lifetime struggles stemming from the incident, including their long-term emotional and psychological damages. He takes these cases extremely seriously and offers special care and support to victims, helping them understand their rights and take action against their perpetrators. He also handles employment litigation, Title IX and other civil rights matters.

Majoring in psychology, Mr. Kelly completed his Bachelor of Science with honors at American University in 1997. He enrolled at the Georgetown University Law Center to complete his legal education where he was a member of the Journal of Law and Public Policy. He received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 2003. He served as a law clerk to Honorable Judge Richard D. Bennett at a federal court in Maryland.

Mr. Kelly earned his license to practice law in all the state and federal courts of Maryland. Additionally, he is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

In admiration of his accomplishments, Mr. Kelly has been honored among the 2022 Leaders in Law by The Daily Record and the Maryland State Bar Association. He was listed among the 2021 Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment and Civil Rights Lawyers.

Mr. Kelly holds active membership and leadership positions in several legal organizations. He functions as:

·       The chair of the Maryland State Board of Victim Services

·       A board member of the Federal Bar Association – Maryland Chapter

·       Commissioner of the Maryland Criminal Injuries Compensation Board

·       A member of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) – Maryland Operations Council

·       An adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore 

·       A permanent member of the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit – Judicial Conference

Recognizing Mr. Kelly’s efforts, he was selected as the recipient of the Miles & Stockbridge Pro Bono Advocate Award, Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center – Champion for Crime Victims Award, the American University’s Service to the University Community Award and the National Crime Victim Law Institute’s Legal Advocacy Award, to name a few.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Criminal Defense
Focus Areas

Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Sex Offenses

Selections

10 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2011 - 2013

Articles about Steven J. Kelly appearing in Super Lawyers

About Steven J. Kelly

First Admitted: 2003, Maryland

Professional Webpage: https://www.sanfordheisler.com/team/steve-kelly/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Baltimore Graduate School
  • Permanent Member, Judicial Conference of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2009-present

Educational Background

  • B.A., American University, magna cum laude and with university honors, Journal of Law and Public Policy, 1997

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Commissioner, Maryland Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, 2009
  • National Alliance of Crime Victim Rights Attorneys, 2003
  • American Bar Association Victims Committee, 2009
  • Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center Board of Directors, 2003

Honors/Awards

  • Award including $2500 charitable donation in recognition of pro bono advocacy for victims of crime., Miles & Stockbridge Pro Bono Award, Miles & Stockbridge P.C., 2010
  • Florida Governor’s Award for Drug & Crime Free Schools, 1998
  • American University’s Award for Service to the University Community, 1997
  • Maryland Governor’s Award for Service to Crime Victims, 2000
  • National Crime Victim Law Institute’s Legal Advocacy Award, 2012
  • Maryland Super Lawyers® - Selected for inclusion in the area of General Litigation, Civil Rights/First Amendment, 2010-Present
  • Roper Victim Assistance Academy Award for Outstanding Contribution to Victim Services, 2013
  • 2021-22 Law Dragón 500 Plaintiff Employment Lawyer
  • Serve on governing body of the Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association., Appointed to Board of Governors, Federal Bar Associations Maryland Chapter, 2013
  • Recognition for service to crime victims., Governor's Award for Service to Victims of Crime, Maryland Governor, 2000
  • Recognized for 25 years of advocacy for Maryland Crime Victims., Outstanding Achievement Award, Roper Victim Assistance Academy, 2013
  • Award for more than twenty years of advocacy on behalf of Maryland Crime Victims., Voices for Victims Award, Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center, 2009
  • Recognized at NCVLI's annual conference for contribution toward advancing victim rights through appellate and trial-level litigation., Outstanding Legal Advocate Award, National Crime Victim Law Institute, 2011

Bar/Professional Activity

  • National Policy Team, Marcy’s Law for All, 2017
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Chair, Maryland State Board of Victim Services, 2016
  • Advisory Board, National Crime Victim Law Institute, 2015
  • Board of Governors, Federal Bar Association Maryland Chapter, 2013
  • Appointed by Maryland Governor with advice and consent of Senate to Maryland Criminal Injuries Compensation Board., 2009
  • Board of Directors, Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center, 2003

Industry Groups

  • National Association Of Victim Rights Attorneys; ABA Victims' Committee; Maryland Criminal Injuries
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Office Location for Steven J. Kelly

111 South Calvert Street
Suite 1950
Baltimore, MD 21202

Phone: 410-834-7416

Fax: 410-834-7425

Last Updated: 8/1/2022

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