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Education

The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University
Juris Doctorate June 1995
Honors: Woolsack Honor Society

Trial Lawyers College
July 2009

The University of Texas at Austin
B.A. – May 1987
Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society

About

Todd Kelly is first, and foremost, a child of God. He is a devoted husband to his wife, Robbye, and father of four amazing children, Joshua, Meghan, Matthew, and Selby. He cooks one large batch of crawfish per year and has become adept at smoking brisket. Because he has tried to do life with Him, Todd will testify that he is an utter failure without God, and that the rest of this narrative is only by His grace…

Professionally, Todd is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is an “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Todd is licensed in Texas, Oklahoma, Virginia, New Mexico, Colorado and Pennsylvania. He grew up in Arlington, Texas, and received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas in 1987, while attending on an ROTC Scholarship. He 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 criminal defense attorney in the judge advocate’s corps.

Todd left the Marine Corps as a Major to enter private practice in 1998. He represented asbestos exposure victims and other seriously injured people in Virginia and Pennsylvania before returning to represent victims of birth injury and nursing home abuse in his native Texas in 2002.

In 2006, Todd opened his own law firm in Houston, Texas, where he gained recognition for his representation of a sexual assault victim by an overseas military contractor.

Todd has been featured on 20/20, The Rachel Maddow Show, and has been interviewed on legal topics by numerous national and local news programs, including CBS’ Insider Edition. In 2009, Todd appeared in front of committees of the United States Congress speaking on the Fairness in Arbitration Act, in an effort to eliminate mandatory, binding, pre-dispute arbitration provisions that are found in consumer products and other contracts. Todd was consulted by Senator Al Franken, who sponsored an amendment to the Senate Appropriations bill during that year which led to the abolition of forced arbitration for victims of sexual assault by most military contractors.

In 2013, Todd was inducted into the Texas Lawyer Hall of Fame following a $16,900,000 verdict on behalf of a mentally handicapped woman who was raped by a caregiver at her daycare facility.

Todd has received his 10-year Super Lawyer award, as he has been named a Texas Super Lawyer in 2011, 2012 and every year since 2014.

Todd has dedicated his life to making America safer. He began that service as a Marine Corps combat engineer officer. He now continues that work by protecting those truly injured people who will never get the justice that our system promises to them without holding greedy, powerful corporate entities responsible for the damage they cause. As a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, as a member of the Executive Committee of the Texas Trial Lawyers’ Association, and as a past president of the Capital Area Trial Lawyers’ Association, he is a staunch defender of our 7th Amendment Right to Trial by Jury in all cases with a value exceeding $20.00.

Todd urges that if we fail to protect the 7th Amendment to the United States Constitution, we will eventually lose the rights guaranteed by all of the Amendments because it is the right to hold the powerful accountable, protected by the 7th Amendment, that protects the individual freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution.

Licenses and Specialties

LICENSES HELD
Texas: 2002
Virginia: 1995
Oklahoma: 2010
New Mexico: 2020
Colorado: 2021
Pennsylvania (Inactive)
United States Supreme Court: 2001
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals: 2008
Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces: 1995
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia: 1998
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas: 2007
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas: 2007
United States District Court for the Western District of Texas: 2015
United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas: 2019

SPECIALTIES/BOARD CERTIFICATION
Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, December 2015

Memberships and Recognitions

CLASSES/SEMINARS
Fairness in Arbitration Act, Press Conference with Congressional leaders
Fairness in Arbitration – Lecture, University of Delaware, 2009
Fairness in Arbitration – Lecture, University of Texas Law School, 2010
Intangible Damages – Lecture, Permian Basin Trial Lawyers Association, 2015
Intangible Damages – Lecture, Byran/College Station Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
Proving Causation with Pre-Existing Injuries – Lecture, TTLA Car Wrecks Seminar, March 2017
Trial Advocacy College of Texas (TACT) Faculty, Austin, Texas, July 2018
Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in Texas – Panel Discussion, NCVBA, February 2019
TLC Regional Seminar, F-Warrior Ambassador, March 2019
Trying a Case Without Medical Bills – Lecture, CATLA CLE, May 2019
Trying a Case Without Medical Bills – Lecture, TTLA Midyear, June 2019
Open Wide: Opening Statements to Prepare a Jury to Think Big – Lecture, TTLA Midyear, May 2020
Trying a Case Without Medical Bills after SB-207 – Lecture, CATLA CLE, May 2021
Trial Advocacy College of Texas (TACT) Faculty, Irving, Texas July 2021
TTLA Advanced Tactics & Strategy (Trying Cases without Medical Bills), September 2021
South Plains Trial Lawyers’ Assoc. (Trying Cases without Medical Bills), September 2021
Permian Basin Trial Lawyers’ Assoc. (Trying Cases without Medical Bills), September 2021

HONORS AND AWARDS
Rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell
Texas Super Lawyer, A Thomson Reuters Business, 2011-2012, 2014-2021
Austin’s Top Attorneys (Personal Injury), 2019 – 2021
Top 10 Verdicts in Texas: 2020
Top 100 US Verdicts 2020
Featured in Verdict Search’s “Top Texas Verdicts” by Texas Lawyer for 2011, and twice in 2018
Recognized as one of H Texas Magazine’s “Houston’s Top Lawyers,” in 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2012
Top 100 US Verdicts
Voted The Global Directory of Who’s Who Top Lawyer of 2015
Texas Lawyer Hall of Fame: 2013 Inductee
AVVO Rating of “10 – Superb”

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
Texas Trial Lawyers Association, VP of Political Affairs: 2019-2020; PAC, Chair: 2020-2021
Capital Area Trial Lawyers’ Association, Immediate Past President
Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys, Advocate Member: 2021
The American Board of Trial Advocates: 2016 – present
The Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court: 2020 – present
The “F-Warriors,” Region 4 Representative, 2013-2020
American Association of Justice, Member
Million Dollar Advocate’s Forum, Life Member
Multi-Million Dollar Advocate’s Forum, Life Member
State Bar of Texas, Member
National Trial Lawyers (Top 100 Trial Lawyers), 2012-2021
National Association of Distinguished Counsel (Top 1% of Attorneys Nationwide)
The National Crime Victim’s Bar Association, Member
Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Chair of the Capital Area Advisory Board
Reset Mentoring, Former Teen Mentor

PAST EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS
The Kelly Law Firm, Owner, Trial Lawyer: 2006-2012
Haskins, Gregan & Kelly, Partner, Trial Lawyer: 2002-2006
Cohen & Feeley, Associate, Trial Lawyer: 2001-2002
Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, Associate, Trial Lawyer: 1998 – 2001
United States Marine Corps, Major, Judge Advocate: 1987-1998

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