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Michael A. Kelly
Michael A. Kelly Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger 650 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94108


Mike Kelly is in his fourth decade as one of the nation's top personal injury attorneys. He has tried, arbitrated or settled more than 200 cases where the recovery by his client exceeded $1,000,000. 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.

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 Council and The Irish 100. He has served on the National Board of ABOTA and the Foundation of ABOTA.

Areas of Practice

  • Products Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Premises Liability
  • Motor Vehicle Negligence
  • Wrongful Death
  • Obstetrical Injury
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Conferences & Topics

Damages: Go Big or Go Home (2018)
March 25-26, 2018
Using Metaphor and Analogies to Increase Damage Awards

How to Win Trucking Cases (2018)
February 25-26, 2018
Combating the Emergency Medical Event

A New Look at How to Win Trucking Cases (2017)
April 23-24, 2017
Persuasive Themes to Motivate Jury Decision Making in Trucking Cases

Auto Crash Litigation 4.0
April 2-3, 2017

Damages: Go Big or Go Home (2017)
February 26-28, 2017
The Evolving Jury in the Millennial Age

Damages: Go Big, Always Go Big (2016)
June 12-14, 2016
Lessons from Past Masters – Painting Pictures in Final Argument

Damages: Go Big or Go Home (2015)
June 14-16, 2015
Examining the Witness for Fear and Anger to Increase Damages

Verdicts & Settlements

  • Rogers v. Associated Clinics, (Obstetric Malpractice – Brain Injury), $23,200,000 Jury Verdict
  • Goodloe v. Bell Sports, Inc., (Defective Bicycle Helmet – Brain Injury), $17,000,000 Jury Verdict
  • Rachel K. v. Truck Line Operator, (Bicycle v. Semi-Truck – Catastrophic Injuries), $15,000,000.00 Settlement
  • Teen v. Auto Component Re-Seller, ( Vehicle Stability Failure – Paralysis ), $12,500,000 Settlement
  • Survivors v. General Contractor, (Construction Site Injury – Wrongful Death), $10,500,000 Settlement
  • Family of H. v. UpRight, Inc., (Defective Industrial Product – Wrongful Death), $10,000,000 Settlement
  • Twins v. Fertility Center, (Fertility Clinic Negligence – Congenital Disease), $9,500,000 Settlement
  • Dahl V. Stone M.D., (Paraplegia – Medical Malpractice), $9,420,840 Jury Verdict
  • Perry v. Budget Rent-A-Car, (Automobile Accident), $8,775,000 Jury Verdict
  • Kammerer v. Alimak Hek, Inc., (Construction Site Fall – Arm Amputation), $8,350,000 Jury Verdict
  • Kransky v. DePuy Inc., (Defective Metal on Metal Prosthetic Hip), $8,300,000 Jury Verdict
  • Widow v. National Package Delivery, (Truck v. Auto Collision – Wrongful Death), $7,750,000 Settlement
  • Infant v. HMO, (Gynecology Negligence – Birth Injury), $7,500,000 Settlement
  • Henry V. v. PG&E, (Electrocution – Utility Negligence), $7,000,000 Settlement
  • Child v. Pediatric Neurosurgeon, (Quadriplegia – Surgical Error), $6,350,000 Settlement
  • Family vs. S.F. Hospital, (Wrongful Death -Medical Malpractice), $5,850,000 Settlement
  • Johnston v. American Honda Motor Co., (Product Liability – Wrongful Death), $5,760,000 Jury Verdict
  • Software Engineer v. Hospital Corp., (Failure to Diagnose Aneurysm – Brain Damage), $5,475,000 Settlement
  • Diana C. v. Device Maker, (Defective Medical Device – Paralysis), $5,250,000 Settlement
  • Richard L. v HMO, (Failure to Diagnose Spinal Abscess), $5,250,000 Settlement
  • Olivier v. Petroleum Supplier, (Loss of Leg – Motorcycle Accident), $4,500,000 Settlement
  • Student v. Valley Unified School District, (Negligent School Supervision Paraplegia), $4,500,000 Settlement
  • Michael O. v. County of Kern, (Dangerous Highway – Brain Damage), $4,500,000 Settlement
  • Richard T. v. HMO, (Brain Damage – Failure to Diagnose Cardiomyopathy), $4,250,000 Settlement
  • Machinist v. Industrial Machine Design, (Product Liability – Brain Damage), $4,000,000 Settlement
  • Infant v. HMO, (Birth Injury – Diplegia), $3,975,000 Settlement
  • Jastrab v. Kelada, (Failure to Diagnose Infection – Permanent Leg Injury), $3,170,000 Jury Verdict
  • Ethier v. Poindexter, (Wrongful Death of Child), $3,030,000 Jury Verdict
  • Student v. Daimler-Chrysler, (Defective Seatbelt – Spinal Cord Injury), $3,000,000 Settlement
  • Michael N. v. U.S. Automaker, (Vehicle Stability Defect – Rollover Accident), $2,900,000 Settlement
  • Baby Y. v. Sutter Health, (Failure to Diagnose Kernicterus), $2,900,000 Settlement
  • Kemp v. Kaiser Permanente, (Wrongful Death of Wife & Mother), $2,730,000 Binding Arbitration Award

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