The Carlson Law Firm partner Todd Kelly joins the American Board of Trial Advocates

Todd Kelly, a partner at the Carlson Law Firm, has become a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

The invitation-only organization recognizes trial lawyers with high personal character and an honorable reputation.

Kelly, who was raised in Arlington, attended the Dickinson School of Law in 1995 and has since achieved great success, as exemplified by the numerous awards and honors he has accumulated over the years. Kelly has been recognized locally as one of Houston’s Top Lawyers in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2012, in addition to being selected as a Texas Super Lawyer in 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015. He was named Texas Monthly Top Attorney from 2011 to 2014. Kelly is also a member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, the Elite Lawyers of America, and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

Prior to attending law school, Kelly served as a combat engineer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1987 to 1998, where he attained the rank of Major as a Judge Advocate.

Specializing in sexual assault cases, Kelly’s efforts on a case gained national attention when federal lawmakers approved a measure prohibiting contractors that receive $1 million in funds from the Department of Defense from requiring employees to resolve sexual assault allegations and other claims through arbitration.

In 2013, Kelly was inducted into the Texas Lawyer Hall of Fame for winning a verdict of $16.9 million for a rape victim who was assaulted at a long-term care facility.

Kelly still handles sexual assault and medical malpractice cases, but also a wide range of serious vehicle collisions.

He is licensed in four jurisdictions including Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Virginia, and is board-certified in personal injury trial law.


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