EXPERIENCED • PROFESSIONAL • RESULT-ORIENTED • FAIR • CONCILIATOR
Patrick M. Kelly is one of the pre-eminent trial lawyers, litigators, law firm leaders and professional association leaders in the country. He has vast experience in numerous substantive areas that he will bring to bear in efficiently, effectively and economically resolving matters as a mediator, arbitrator or referee. During his lengthy career, Mr. Kelly has tried, litigated, arbitrated, mediated and/or settled thousands of cases involving the following areas of law:
From 1980 to 2019, Mr. Kelly served as Partner and Senior Counsel at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, an international litigation firm founded in insurance defense. His practice focused on advising and representing insurance carriers in coverage matters and defending individuals and companies in high-stakes professional liability and commercial cases. He also handled numerous insurance bad faith, insurance coverage, product liability, premises liability, employment litigation, ski resort liability and railroad liability matters. He has particular experience with class actions involving directors and officers (D&O) liability, product liability, employment and consumer fraud claims.
From 1980 through 2013, Mr. Kelly served as the firm’s Los Angeles Region Managing Partner, Western Region Managing Partner and Director of Litigation, and Member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He also served as General Counsel to Snow Summit Ski Corporation, an owner of several ski resorts in California.
Mr. Kelly is a frequent author, columnist and lecturer in numerous subjects including trial tactics, insurance coverage and bad faith, personal injury, and professional liability. He is an original co-author of Insurance Litigation, The Rutter Group California Practice Guide, a frequently cited insurance treatise in California, and continues to edit the Directors and Officers chapter of the publication.
Mr. Kelly’s reputation as a problem solver and community leader have been recognized by his peers on both sides of the litigation spectrum. He has been elected to numerous professional organizations and leadership positions, including:
He also served multiple terms as a Los Angeles Delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates and the Steering Committee of the Open Courts Coalition.
Mr. Kelly was elected or appointed to several positions working with the California Judiciary, including:
In Federal Court, Mr. Kelly served two terms as a Lawyer Representative to the 9th Circuit and the Federal Magistrate Selection Committee.
In pursuing his service to the community, Mr. Kelly was a member of the Boards of Directors of numerous community service organizations, including the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, the Constitutional Rights Foundation, and Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. He was also appointed by the then-mayor as a Commissioner of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.
Mr. Kelly’s background and accomplishments have been the subject of numerous profiles in legal publications. He is also a frequent author and columnist. To read the latest profile published by the Daily Journal, click here: “For Patrick Kelly, mediating cases will be a final act in a career filled with class acts”. For a full list of articles, please visit his website at www.PatKellyADR.com.
“I want to make sure you are completely aware of my gratitude for your skillful handling of the mediation. I appreciate your personal concern and your mediator “tricks” that brought the two sides together while understanding there were more than two sides. You are a legendary member of our profession.”
“Pat Kelly was tough but fair. Great mediator!”
“Mr. Kelly went above and beyond to resolve a very emotional case.”
“I had not used Patrick Kelly as a mediator in the past but agreed to him based on his bio when he was suggested by the other side. He is now on my short list. He is an excellent mediator and a wonderful person. You must be very happy to have him on your panel.”
“Mr. Kelly was superb. Will definitely use him again on my next complex case.”
“Mr. Kelly did an excellent job in a difficult case. I would certainly use him again and recommend him to other lawyers.”
“An exellent mediator. Very informative and effective. You will be seeing a lot of me from now on.”