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 and human relations 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:
In addition, Mr. Kelly is a frequent author, columnist and lecturer in numerous subjects including trial tactics, insurance and bad faith 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.
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP 1980-2019
Mr. Kelly has been a civil litigator his entire career. In 1980, he joined the now 950-lawyer international law firm of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, where for over 33 years he served as the firm’s Los Angeles Region Managing Partner, Western Region Managing Partner and Director of Litigation, and Member of the firm’s ruling Executive Committee. Thereafter until joining ADR Services, Inc., he was Senior Counsel. For many years, Mr. Kelly also served as General Counsel to Snow Summit Ski Corporation, an owner of several ski resorts in California.
Mr. Kelly’s skill as a trial lawyer, along with his 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.
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.
For his exemplary leadership in working with the California Judiciary, Mr. Kelly was elected or appointed to several prestigious positions, including:
In Federal Court, Mr. Kelly served two terms as a Lawyer Representative to the 9th Circuit and the Federal Magistrate Selection Committee.
Mr. Kelly has received numerous awards including, among others:
He has also been repeatedly recognized by Marquis Who’s Who in American Law, as a Super Lawyer, as a Best Lawyer, and as one of the the Irish Legal 100.
Mr. Kelly is a member of numerous professional organizations, including:
Mr. Kelly’s background and accomplishments have been the subject of numerous articles in legal publications. To read the latest profile published in the Daily Journal, click here: “For Patrick Kelly, mediating cases will be a final act in a career filled with class acts”.