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Robert S. Kelner

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in New York, NY

Kelner & Kelner
250 Greenwich St, 7 World Trade Center, Suite 2700
New York, NY 10007
Phone: 212-425-0700
Fax: 212-425-0007
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021
Licensed in New York Since: 1972
Education: Columbia Law School
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (70%), Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (20%), Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
Languages Spoken: English, Russian, Spanish
Attorney Profile

Attorney Robert S. Kelner is a founding partner of Kelner and Kelner in New York, New York.  He handles matters involving a wide scope of personal injury litigation including motor vehicle accidents, commercial vehicle accidents, construction site accidents and wrongful death.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Kelner has recovered at least 300 verdicts and settlements $1 million or more.

Mr. Kelner has lectured and written extensively on personal injury topics. He is the co-author of the Trial Practice column in the New York Law Journal column with Gail Kelner.

He is the Chair of the New York County Lawyers’ Civil Trial Practice Institute and he has chaired and spoken at its Civil Trial Practice Program for more than a decade.

He has obtained verdicts of over $40 million in a motor vehicle wrongful death case, $36 million in a paralysis case against the New York City Transit Authority and $23 million in a motorcycle spinal injury case.

He has appeared on CBS, NBC, MSNBC, ABC, CNN and the BBC. He has been quoted in every newspaper in the New York area and the New York Times wrote a Public Lives column about him.

He graduated from Columbia Law School, where he frequently lectures on Trial Practice and Tort Law.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 10%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability


15 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021

Articles about Robert S. Kelner appearing in Super Lawyers

About Robert S. Kelner

First Admitted: 1972, New York

Professional Webpage:


  • Over 200 verdicts and settlements in excess of One Million Dollars in the course of my practice


  • Top 100: 2016 New York - Metro Super Lawyers
  • Top 100: 2013 New York - Metro Super Lawyers
  • Top 100: 2015 New York - Metro Super Lawyers
  • Top 100: 2017 New York - Metro Super Lawyers
  • Top 100: 2014 New York - Metro Super Lawyers

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1972
  • Co-Chairperson of Civil Trial Practice  Institute, New York County Lawyers Association
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1972
  • New York, 1972
  • New York County Lawyers Association, Chair Torts Department, 2015 - 2017

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Regular columnist in New York Law Journal on Personal Injury Trial Practice
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Office Location for Robert S. Kelner

250 Greenwich St
7 World Trade Center, Suite 2700
New York, NY 10007

Phone: 212-425-0700

Fax: 212-425-0007

Last Updated: 5/28/2021

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