- J.D., Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, 1989
- B.S. (Business Management), cum laude, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1985
- State Bar of Texas
- State Bar of California
- California, 2000
- U.S. District Court C. District of California, 2000
- U.S. District Court S. District of California, 2005
- Texas, 2008
- U.S. Court of Appeal Ninth Circuit, 2008
Throughout Mr. Kelley’s 18 years of experience, he has tried numerous cases in state and federal courts, administrative courts, and arbitration. With over $70 million in verdicts, settlements, workouts, and millions in settlements prior to trial, Mr. Kelley understands that there isn’t a one-solution fits all for every case.
Mr. Kelley routinely advises companies, individuals, non-profits, churches, and para-church ministries. Whether the case is a family law, criminal law, personal injury, or business litigation matter, careful and firm solutions are employed to deliver results for the client. Mr. Kelley also represents a number of companies and family businesses in providing advice and counsel in the capacity as outside general counsel.
Mr. Kelley was previously a partner with Cappello & Noel, one of the nation’s foremost complex commercial litigation firms, in Santa Barbara, California. While at Cappello, Mr. Kelley successfully prosecuted and defended major commercial litigation involving a variety of commercial matters including lender liability, contract and transactional disputes, and fraud. Prior to his tenure at Cappello, Mr. Kelley was a litigator at Bonne, Bridges, Mueller, O’Keefe & Nichols in Los Angeles where he successfully defended healthcare professionals and healthcare institutions involved in malpractice suits. Mr. Kelley’s practice also included defending employment claims against professionals and the County of Los Angeles. Prior to moving into the civil sector, Mr. Kelley successfully prosecuted criminal matters.
In addition, for several years, Mr. Kelley was an adjunct law professor teaching fundamental legal skills, legal research and writing, and moot court to law students in the Orange County area. From 2008 through 2016, Mr. Kelley was selected as a “Super Lawyer Rising Star,” with only 2.5% of attorneys recognized as the best attorneys in the country. Mr. Kelley routinely acts as a mediator for other attorneys or as settlement counsel for complex litigation matters that require a unique solution. Mr. Kelley currently sits on several Boards for non-profit organizations.
Mr. Kelley and his wife, Michelle have 3 boys. The entire Kelley family is actively involved in giving back to their local church and community.