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L. Todd Kelly

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Austin, TX

The Carlson Law Firm
11606 N Interstate Hwy 35
Austin, TX 78753
Phone: 512-823-2237
Fax: 512-527-0398
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2012, 2014 - 2022
Licensed in Texas Since: 2002
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
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Attorney Profile

Todd Kelly is first, and foremost, a child of God.  He is a devoted husband to his wife, Robbye, and father of four amazing children, Joshua, Meghan, Matthew, and Selby.

He grew up in Arlington, Texas, and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Texas in 1987, while attending on an ROTC Scholarship. After serving for five years as a Combat Engineer Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, he then earned his J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law, graduating in 1995 as a member of the Woolsack Honor Society.  He then returned to the Fleet Marine Force U.S. Marine judge advocate.

Professionally, Todd is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is an “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Todd is licensed in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Virginia and Pennsylvania.  Todd is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). 

Todd left the Marine Corps for private practice in 1998, as a Major in the judge advocate general’s (JA) corps.  He represented seriously injured people in both Virginia and Pennsylvania before returning to represent similar victims in his native Texas in 2002.

Todd has been featured on ABC's 20/20, The Rachel Maddow Show, and on multiple editions of CBS's Insider Exclusive.  He has been interviewed on legal topics by numerous national and local news programs.  In 2009, Todd argued to committees of the United States Congress related to the Fairness in Arbitration Act, in an effort to eliminate mandatory, binding, pre-dispute arbitration provisions that we still find in many of our consumer products and other contracts.  Todd was consulted by Senator Al Franken, when the Senator sponsored an amendment to the Senate Appropriations bill during that year, leading to the abolition of forced arbitration for victims of sexual assault by most military contractors.

In 2013, Todd was inducted into the Texas Lawyer Hall of Fame following a $16,900,000 verdict on behalf of a mentally handicapped woman who was raped by a caregiver. He has been named a Texas Super Lawyer in 2011, 2012 and every year since 2014.

Todd has dedicated his life to making America safer.  He now continues that work by protecting those truly injured people who will never get the justice that our system promises to them without holding greedy, powerful companies responsible for the damage they cause. As a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, as a member of the Executive Committee of the Texas Trial Lawyers’ Association, and as a past-president of the Capital Area Trial Lawyer’s Association, he is a staunch defender of our 7th Amendment Right to Trial by Jury in all cases with a value exceeding $20.00.

Todd believes that if we fail to protect the 7th Amendment to the United States Constitution, we will eventually lose the rights guaranteed by them all because it is the right to hold the powerful accountable, protected by the 7th Amendment, that protects the individual freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution.

Todd has also served as the director of the advisory committee to the Central Texas office of M.A.D.D.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Assault, 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

Selections

11 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2012, 2014 - 2022

Certificates and Credentials

About L. Todd Kelly

First Admitted: 1995, Virginia

Professional Webpage: https://www.carlsonattorneys.com/team-member/l-todd-kelly

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Board-Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2016

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Selected as one of Texas' "Top 10 Trucking Lawyers", 2019
  • Inducted into the Texas Lawyers' Verdicts Hall of Fame, 2013
  • Member of the Million Dollar Advocate's Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocate's Forum. , 2006

Educational Background

  • Celebration Leadership Institute:  Biblical and Leadership studies in this Diploma Program.  Anticipated graduation in December of 2022. , 2020
  • Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers' College, 2009, 2009
  • The University of Texas, Bachelor of Journalism, May, 1987
  • Naval Justice School - with honors, 1995

Representative Clients

  • Ronnie and Sandra Claxton v. Even Better Logistics, LLC et al.:  Verdict of $7,396,314.00 after a final offer of $150,000 for a 72 year-old man injured in a collision when a turnbuckle flew off of a truck that tried to pass under a bridge that was too low for its over-height load.  , 2020
  • Daniel Reyna v. Thomas M. Demoor:  $1,000,000 Settlement for a man after prior attorneys had obtained an offer of $150,000.  Developed the medical evidence showing that both lumbar and cervical spine were injured in the crash, and that the client had suffered a traumatic brain injury., 2020
  • Jose Herrera v. Austin Cab Co., et al.  $1,020,000 verdict for a man stabbed by a cab driver.  Austin Cab Company had to permanently close as a result of the verdict. , 2018
  • Jamie Leigh Jones v. Halliburton, et al.First case reported to have defeated Halliburton's oppressive, binding, mandatory, pre-dispute, confidential arbitration clause.  Cited by numerous members of Congress as the reason for doing away with such provisions in arbitration.  Upheld on appeal at the 5th Circuit, and currently pending a decision regarding en banc review., 2016

Honors/Awards

  • Lead Counsel on the 10th largest Settlement acknowledged in Texas in 2021., Top Verdicts in Texas #10, TopVerdict.com, 2021
  • Lead Counsel on the 6th largest Settlement acknowledged in Texas in 2021., Top Verdicts in Texas #6, TopVerdict.com, 2021
  • Lead Counsel on the 8th largest Settlement acknowledged in Texas in 2021., Top Verdicts in Texas #8, TopVerdict.com, 2021
  • , Top Texas Lawyers, Texas Monthly, 2021
  • Selected by peers. , Top Texas Lawyers, Texas Lawyer, 2020
  • Rated a "10" by AVVO attorney rating site., Superb Rating, AVVO, 2020
  • Selected as one of Austin's Best Attorneys in 2019, Top Attorneys, Austin Monthly , 2019
  • Recognized as a top attorney in Texas, Top Lawyers in Texas, Texas Monthly Magazin, 2019
  • Selected by Texas Monthly, Top Lawyers in Texas, Texas Monthly Magazine, 2018
  • Featured in The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, and the National Law Journal, Top Rated Lawyer in Medical Malpractice, ALM Media, 2015
  • Selected as Nations Top 1% by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel:  Members are thoroughly vetted by a research team, selected by a blue ribbon panel of attorneys with podium status from independently neutral organizations, and approved by a judicial review board as exhibiting virtue in the practice of law.  Due to the incredible selectivity of the appointment process, only the top one percent of attorneys in the United States are awarded membership in NADC.  This elite class of advocates consists of the finest leaders of the legal profession from across the nation.  , Nations Top 1%, National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2015
  • Recognized for Excellence in Personal Injury Litigation in September 2014, Top Attorneys in Texas, Texas Monthly , 2014
  • Texas Lawyer Hall of Fame on November 12, 2013 in the category of Intentional Torts. , Texas Lawyer Verdicts Hall of Fame, Texas Lawyer, 2013
  • Received AV rating for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability by Martindale Hubbell Attorney Rating Service, AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale Hubbell, 2013
  • Inductee into the Texas Lawyer Hall of Fame, 2013, Texas Lawyer Hall of Fame, Texas Lawyer, 2013
  • Nominated by The National Trial Lawyers Association as one of the Nations Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers Association, 2012
  • Annual Selection of Attorneys by Texas Monthly, Top Attorneys in Texas, Texas Monthly Magazine, 2012
  • Houston's Top Lawyers, H-Texas Magazine, 2011
  • Annual Selection by Texas Monthly, Top Attorneys in Texas, Texas Monthly Magazine, 2011
  • Rated a "10" by AVVO attorney rating site., Superb Rating, AVVO, 2011
  • Houston's Top Lawyers, H-Texas Magazine, 2010
  • Rated a "10" by AVVO attorney rating site., Rating Superb, AVVO, 2010
  • Houston's Top Lawyers, H-Houston Magazine, 2009
  • Houston's Best Attorneys, H-Houston Magazine, 2008
  • Houston's Best Attorneys, H-Houston Magazine, 2007
  • Top Lawyers for the People, H-Houston Magazine, 2005
  • Awarded for Graduating in the top 10% of the graduating class., Woolsack Honor Society, The Dickinson School of Law, 1995

Videos

  • Biographical Story about Todd, About Todd Kelly, Public Announcement, 2021
  • Story about Hotel Security failures leading to rape of a hotel guest., Rodriquez Story, Public Announcement, 2021
  • Story about one sexual assault victim., The Anna Mayo Story, Public Announcement, 2021
  • Todd Kelly speaking on Traumatic Brain Injuries, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Public Announcement, 2021
  • This Case Study is simply a reflection of why most trial lawyers actually try these cases.  I have never really understood why we are referred to as "ambulance chasers" or "greedy trial lawyers."  Actually - I understand: disinformation is powerful when well-funded industries, like the insurance industry, chooses to mislabel those who would hold them accountable., Why We Do It..., Legal, 2009

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys - Advocate Member, 2021
  • Faculty - The Trial Lawyers' College, 2022
  • Colorado Supreme Court, 2021
  • Calvert Inn of Court, American Inns of Court, 2020
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association PAC - Chair, 2020
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association: Vice President of Political Affairs, 2020
  • Capital Area Trial Lawyers' Association - President, 2020
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, 2019
  • Capital Area Trial Lawyer's Association: President-Elect, 2019
  • National Crime Victims Bar Association - Member, 2017
  • American Board of Trial Advocacy, 2016
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2015
  • College of the State Bar of Texas, Member, 2014
  • Austin Bar Association: Member
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Pennsylvania, 2001
  • Virginia, 1995
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association: Former Member
  • Oklahoma, 2010
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocate's Forum: Lifetime Member, 2005
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum: Lifetime Member, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • State Bar of Texas: Former Member
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • F-Warriors: Regional Representative and Board Member
  • Texas, 2002
  • Fort Bend County Bar Association: Former Member
  • American Association of Justice: Member

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Celebration Dream Team and Celebration Leadership Institute, 2021
  • Mentor in the Reset program (for youth who have been in the Texas Juvenile Criminal Justice system), 2019
  • Served as the Director of the advisory board to the Austin Area Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. , 2018
  • Served as a mentor for teens who have been involved in the juvenile justice system and are involved in RESET, a group of mentors trying to help then get a fresh start.  Organized a group of lawyers and staff in assisting with the construction of the new home for this purpose. , 2018
  • Carlson Cares Project:  Worked on hanging sheetrock and other projects at the Reset Mentoring home - a project for children who have been in the juvenile justice system to get a new start.  This home will serve as a launching place for those coming out of detention centers., 2018
  • Pro Bono College of the State of Texas, 2006
  • Pro Bono College of the State of Texas, 2005

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Presented on this Trial Technique at the TTLA Destination CLE in Scottsdale, Arizona. , Lecturer, Trying Cases without Medical Bills: What they are REALLY Worth, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Texas Trial Lawyers, 2022
  • TCTLA Lunch CLE Presentation, Speaker, Trying a Case Without Medical Bills, Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association, Trial Lawyers Of Tarrant County, 2021
  • Presentation at the SPTLA Lunch CLE, Speaker, Trying a Case Without Medical Bills, South Plains Trial Lawyers Association, Trial Lawyers Of South Plains, Texas, 2021
  • Guest Speaker at the PBTLA Lunch CLE, Speaker, Trying a Case Without Medical Bills, Permian Basin Trial Lawyers' Association, Trial Lawyers Of Permian Basin, 2021
  • Speaker at the Advanced Tactics and Strategy seminar in Santa Fe, NM, Speaker, Trying a Case without Medical Bills, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Trial Lawyers Of Texas, 2021
  • Instructed student attorneys on trial advocacy while working through a mock trial., Faculty, TACT - Trial Advocacy College of Texas, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Trial Lawyers Of Texas, 2021
  • Presented to the Texas Trial Lawyers on Presenting Opening Statements.  First Virtual Presentation in a statewide trial lawyers organization, nationally., Presenter, Open Wide - Opening Statements to Prepare a Jury to Think BIG, TTLA, Texas Trial Lawyers, 2020
  • Presentation to TTLA on trying cases without submitting medical bills.  Includes discussion of anchoring and pre-existing injuries., Speaker, Texas Trial Lawyers' Association: Midyear Meeting, Texas Trial Lawyers' Association, Attorneys, 2019
  • Trial skills presentation involving the tactic of leaving past medical bills out of the trial presentation - pros and cons., Speaker/Presenter, Trying Cases without Medical Bills, Capitol Area Trial Lawyers' Association, Austin-area Trial Lawyers, 2019
  • Presented to the Houston Car Wrecks Seminar sponsored by TTLA on the topic of proving causation when Plaintiffs have pre-existing injuries.  , Speaker, Proving Causation with Pre-Existing Injuries, Texas Trial Lawyers, 2017
  • - Spoke on proving causation to the TTLA Car Wrecks Seminar in McAllen, TX in September, 2017, Speaker, Proving Causation, Texas Trial Lawyers' Association, 2017
  • Spoke on Intangible Damages to the Capital Area Trial Lawyers' Association for the monthly CLE presentation., Speaker, Intangible Damages, Capitol Area Trial Lawyers Association, CATLA, 2017
  • Presentation on "intangible" damages to the local Bryan/College Station Trial Lawyers' Association: Includes damages on pain, emotional suffering, loss of use and disfigurement, as well as ways to turn the "intangible" into the tangible.  , Speaker, Intangible Damages, Texas Trial Lawyers, 2016
  • Trial Advocacy College of Texas (TACT) Instructor, Staff Instructor, Texas Trial Lawyers, 2016
  • Presentation about presenting "intangible" damages to a jury to a local trial lawyers' association: including pain, emotional damages, loss of use and disfigurement, as well as ways to turn the "intangible" into the tangible., Speaker, Intangible Damages, Texas Trial Lawyers' Association, Permian Basin Trial Lawyers' Association, 2015
  • Spoke to members of the Texas Trial Lawyers' Association on the issues of using bench briefs in car wreck cases during trial.  This was a presentation given at the TTLA Car Wreck Seminar in Dallas, Texas on October 10, 2014. , Speaker, Using Bench Briefs in Car Wreck Cases, TTLA, Texas Trial Lawyers, 2014
  • Spoke with Jamie Leigh Jones on the issues surrounding arbitration as an invited panel member at the 2010 NELA Conference., Panel Speaker, Arbitration, National Employment Lawyers Association, 2010
  • I spoke to the University of Texas law students on the issues of mandatory, pre-dispute, binding arbitration.  The speech is available on the "in the news" tab at my web-site listed above., Keynote Speaker, Fairness in Arbitration, University of Texas, Law School, 2009

Verdicts/Settlements

  • $1,995,000 Settlement for a woman injured by a truck driver on his cell phone when he rear-ended her, resulting in a mild traumatic brain injury, which exacerbated pre-existing neurologic conditions. , 2022
  • $2,500,000 Settlement for a man injured in a commercial trucking crash after the driver initially refused to admit liability.  Party names are confidential, by agreement., 2021
  • Webster v. P&D Transport, et al.  $1,150,000.00 settlement for a woman injured by a commercial driver who was on his cell phone while operating a commercial truck.  Driver had logged that he was actually in his sleeper berth at the time of the crash.  Policy of $1,000,000 had been depleted by another injured party, who was paid more than half of that policy.  Bad faith on the part of the insurer led to an excess settlement of this case. , 2021
  • $850,000 mediated settlement on a $30,000 insurance policy in an automobile collision case resulting in a traumatic brain injury.  Name of Insurer and Location are Confidential. , 2020
  • Daniel Reyna v. Thomas M. Demoor: $1,000,000 settlement for a man who suffered back injuries and a traumatic brain injury in an auto crash.   , 2020
  • Claxton v. Even Better Logistics, et al.  Jury verdict of $7,396,000.00 after the defendants final offer was $150,000.  Case involved a commercial truck hitting a bridge and sending debris through Ronnie Claxton's windshield, causing serious injury.  Ronnie was 72 years old at the time, with significant degenerative spine conditions that were aggravated by the crash., 2020
  • Confidential Settlement for 3 victims of medical neglect when a surgeon had his privileges revoked for abuse of narcotics., 2019
  • Confidential Settlement for a paraplegic patient sexually assaulted by a home health provider.  , 2019
  • Confidential Settlement Amount for 3 victims of sexual abuse and manipulation by clergyman Terry Knighten after evidence of his grooming and manipulation of these parishioners was brought forward., 2019
  • Hill & Mitchell v. Texas Tires, Inc.  Settlement for $295,000 resulting from an assault and battery by the owners of Texas Tires, Inc. #30., 2019
  • Kloc v. Harmon:  Settlement for $350,000 policy limits following the selection of a jury after State Farm's pre-trial offer was $17,000., 2019
  • Tommy Caram v. Dustin James Hollier: $100,000 policy limits settlement for a DWI auto collision which left the client with significant injuries and the defendant was killed at the scene.  , 2019
  • Bradley Grant v. Parsons Roofing, Inc:  Settlement of $310,000 for a man who fell through a hole left in the roofing and concealed by waterproofing material.  Broke his hip and required surgery.  Unable to work until the settlement permitted him to retrain to another position. , 2014
  • Delozier v. NL Austin MHP, Inc., et al.  $140,000 Settlement just prior to closing arguments for a victim of a dog attack against a mobile home park that failed to enforce its breed restriction rules, and permitting the fence to become in disrepair.  , 2018
  • M.L. v. Burrus Trucking and Vondell Elliott:  VERDICT of $410,200 for a back seat passenger of a vehicle, injured when the 18-Wheeler cut into the lane his vehicle was traveling.  Pretrial offer had been $1,500.  , 2016
  • Thompson v. Matthews:  Settlement for $100,000 policy limits in this vehicle v. pedestrian wrongful death case. , 2018
  • Vick v. Jireh Home, et al. Verdict in Fort Bend County, Texas for $1,500,000 for the wrongful death of an autistic man by asphyxiation when the caretakers used improper restraining techniques., 2008
  • Verdict of $345,000 (including $150,000 in Exemplary Damages).  In the 199th District Court of Collin County, Texas.  Verdict for a 9 1/2 year old girl who had an adult tooth extracted instead of her baby tooth when the dentist failed to obtain adequate X-rays before pulling the teeth. , 2015
  • Crawford v. Loomis Armored, LLC et al:  $846,000 verdict for a car wreck victim hit from behind by a Loomis Armored Car driver who was distracted by eating while driving.  Verdict included $5,000 in punitive damages against the individual driver after a final pre-trial settlement offer of $350,000., 2016
  • Fletcher v. Lowery.  $600,000 settlement in a slip and fall case at a homeowner's property resulting in a torn meniscus and broken ankle that developed into Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome.  Homeowner had covered cracked and uneven pavers with a bar mat at his converted garage dubbed "The Shack," concealing the uneven surface below.  $100,000 policy was demanded and rejected, invoking the Stowers Doctrine.  Mediated settlement after discovery.  , 2015
  • Jeffrey Martinez, et. al. v. Chris Riley, et al.  -  $500,000 policy limits settlement for 7 passengers in a boat that was hit by a drunk boater on Lake Austin over the 4th of July weekend in 2015.  , 2017
  • Collier v. Claires Boutique:  $350,000 mediated settlement for a slip and fall case outside a Claire's Boutique.  Case involved prior injuries and subsequent falls, complicating recovery. , 2016
  • Gable v. Killeen I.S.D. - Mediated settlement for $225,000 for a girl and her family who was sexually harrassed and assaulted by classmates and whose complaints to the school official went ignored.  Then her family was placed under CPS investigation (cleared) and she was then erroneously charged with a felony (cleared) in retaliation by the school officials., 2017
  • Rios v. Newstrom: Verdict in Travis County, Texas for a woman injured in a vehicle collision.  Verdict was seven times the last offer before trial. , 2014
  • Bennett v. Bauer: $241,000.00 Presuit settlement for a dog bite victim in Williamson County, Texas.   Plaintiff was jogging in his neighborhood when a neighbor's pit bull attacked and pit him, causing injuries to his lower torso., 2016
  • Katz v. Villareal: Settlement of just over $440,000 for a family of 4 injured by a drunk driver in Williamson County, Texas, 2018
  • Luna v. Weddington et al. Verdict for $2,200,000 in a medical malpractice, failure to diagnose case in Harris County, Texas., 2010
  • Jones v. Hillis, Sokolnik, et al.  $575,000 settlement for a Travis County mail carrier involved in two motor vehicle collisions with significant pre-existing injury and prior surgery to the injured areas.  , 2014
  • Zobeida Rivera-Roan v. Greater Austin Transportation Company (Yellow Cab):  $399,999.00 Settlement for the wrongful death of a 72-year old woman hit in a crosswalk and killed by a Yellow Cab Driver in Austin, Texas.  GATC claimed independent contractor of driver and argued limited coverage of $100,000.  Case resolved after mediation.  , 2016
  • Herrera v. Austin Cab Co and Sherman Wilkins:  $1,020,000.00 Jury Verdict for a stabbing victim after a cab company put a driver behind the wheel with a history of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, robbery, and larceny.  The driver was later seen on video using the victim's credit cards and had swiped the card six times on his Square device for $149.50 each -the amount he tried to charge the victim, thinking his intoxication level would prevent him from noticing., 2018
  • $16,900,000 verdict for a mentally retarded Down's syndrome client in (Case No. 10CV4133, Marta Cruz as next friend of Marta Liza Grimaldo v. Gabriel Baraka Mwancha, Virginia Onuorah, Chinwendu Judith Onuorah, Vickie Armstrong, St. Jude’s Home, Inc., and St. Jude’s Day Services, 405th District Court of Galveston County, Texas).  , 2012
  • Camese v. Harden Healthcare:  Arbitrated award for an employee injured lifting a patient when the nursing home failed to have adequate equipment (Hoyer lifts).  Awarded 194,601.29 after contested arbitration. , 2016
  • Asay v. The Ranch, LLC and Bob Woody.  Unanimous Verdict for man injured by a falling Longhorn Head in the amount of $589,923.66.   , 2014
  • Rebecca Brown v. Paul Thomas Brown:  Defendant hit the Plaintiff, who was riding her bicycle and ran over the Plaintiff's foot while leaving a restaurant on Barton Springs Road in Austin.  Settled for Policy Limits after negotiations., 2014
  • Riojas v. Pickering: Settlement in Excess of policy limits following a Stowers demand and mediation for a DWI defendant who caused the client's injuries, 2014
  • --Confidential settlement for a man who was drugged and raped by a co-worker who had called him to his house to discuss the projects that were set out for the next day., 2017
  • Thomas v. Motel 6: Settlement for a woman who was assaulted when the motel desk clerk gave a key to her assailant, a man who was not registered to be in that room.  , 2016
  • Jazmine Powell v. STS Trucking:  six-figure settlement for a girl who rear-ended a parked semi when the semi was sticking out into the lane of traffic and the driver of the truck failed to set out cones and flares as required by the NHTSA and trucking regulations in Texas, 2014
  • George White (Dec) v. United States:  $200,000 settlement for the wrongful death of an elderly veteran who contracted Legionnaires disease from the water at Darnall VA Medical Center. , 2018
  • Luther Evans and Jaida Evans as next friends of J.E., a Minor v. The United States of America:  $325,000 mediated Settlement for a minor child who suffered an Erb's Palsy following a shoulder dystocia during a delivery by a midwife at Darnall Army Medical Center.  The U.S.A. had filed a motion to dismiss under the "emergency medicine" doctrine of Ch. 74 of the Texas CPRC at the time of mediation., 2016
  • DeLozier v. NL Austin MHP, LLC et al.:  $125,000.00 Settlement just prior to closing arguments for a man attacked by a German Shepherd mix dog in his own backyard.  The dogs had escaped through a dilapidated fence maintained by the Mobile Home Park owners.  Last pre-trial offer had been $35,000.  Case settled just prior to closing arguments., 2018
  • Hernandez v. Fiesta Mart: $80,000 for a man who slipped on unseen water near a flower display on February 12th (two days before Valentines Day).  He had recovered from his injuries, but lost significant income during the treatment period.  Case resolved after an unsuccessful mediation., 2014
  • Brooks v. Casteneda: $130,000 for a woman who fell down the stairs in her daughter's apartment.  The railing broke loose and she fell to the bottom.  Daughter had complained about the loose railing less than a month prior.  Maintenance personnel had "repaired" the railing by securing it to sheetrock., 2014
  • Daniels v. Katy Martial Arts & Fitness, et al.  Verdict of $800,000 for a 14-year old student of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu who was in his third day of classes when the Sensei instructed another student to "Choke Him Out." Loss of Consciousness resulted in about $6,000 of medical bills with no permanent damage.  Jury awarded $550,000 in punitive damages against the school and the Sensei.  Last pre-trial offer was $10,000., 2015
  • Harrison v. Amigon Trucking, et al.  Cause No. 2015-10013 in the 270th Judicial District Court, Harris County, Texas:  $1,000,000 policy limits settlement for a UPS driver who suffered a traumatic brain injury when an 18-wheeler attempted to pass on the left as he was making a left turn.  , 2017
  • Estate of Kylar Cole Johnson, et al v. Manuel "Manny" Garcia, et al;  $5,015,000 Verdict for the family of a 4 year old boy mauled to death by a pit bull.  Verdict included $3,000,000 in punitive damages. , 2018

Industry Groups

  • American Association For Justice
  • AMERICAN BOARD OF TRIAL ADVOCATES
  • Capitol Area Trial Lawyers' Association
  • Cerebral Palsy from Birth
  • Human Trafficking Victims
  • Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocate’s Forum
  • New Mexico Injured Plaintiffs
  • Oklahoma Injured Plaintiffs
  • Texas Injured Plaintiffs
  • Texas Trial Lawyers' Association
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Truck Collision Victims
  • Virginia Injured Plaintiffs
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Office Location for L. Todd Kelly

11606 N Interstate Hwy 35
Austin, TX 78753

Phone: 512-823-2237

Fax: 512-527-0398

Last Updated: 6/21/2022

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