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Austin, Texas — The Carlson Law Firm is pleased to announce our North Austin partner, L. Todd Kelly as the new president of the Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association (CATLA). Kelly is the 30th president of the association. 

On Tuesday, June 9, at the annual CATLA meeting, outgoing president Bill Rossick introduced Kelly as the 2020-2021 president of the organization. Rossick joined The Carlson Law Firm earlier this month.

“Eight years ago, I walked into my first meeting of the Capital Area Trial Lawyers as a stranger to the organization,” Kelly said. “Because of the open arms and loving welcome of this great organization, I was able to feel a part of you almost immediately. I am so honored to be here now as president of this open, loving, and supportive group of amazing trial lawyers.”

Professionally, Kelly is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is an “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He is licensed in Texas, Oklahoma, Virginia and Pennsylvania. A native Texan, he grew up in Arlington and received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas in 1987, while attending on an ROTC Scholarship. Kelly earned his J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law in 1995 as a member of the Woolsack Honor Society, while serving as a U.S. Marine, where he returned to practice as a judge advocate. Kelly has been with The Carlson Law Firm for eight years and in his time with the firm has helped recover millions of dollars for injured clients. 

Upon passing the presidency, Rossick said, “it has been an honor leading CATLA over the past year which was marked with several new initiatives. I am especially excited to know that CATLA could not have a better leader than Todd Kelly to carry on these initiatives and the mission of our organization.”

The mission of CATLA is to render service to the legal community and the general public through initiatives which include advancing the cause of those who are seeking redress for their legal damages, which includes protecting the Greater Austin-area citizens’ 7th Amendment rights to a trial by jury and promoting the highest standards of ethics among those engaged in the practice of trial law.

Carola Davis also gave remarks during the annual meeting. 


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