L. Todd Kelly
EducationThe Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Juris Doctorate - June, 1995
Honors: Woolsack Honor Society
Todd Kelly is first, and foremost, a child of God. He is a devoted husband to his wife, Robbye, and father of three amazing children, Joshua, Meghan and Matthew, and his daughter, Selby, is expected in November of 2019.
Professionally, Todd is an “AV” rated, Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer licensed in Texas, Oklahoma, Virginia and Pennsylvania. He grew up in Arlington, Texas, and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Texas in 1987, while attending on an ROTC Scholarship. He then earned his J.D. with honors from the Dickinson School of Law in 1995, while serving as a U.S. Marine, where he returned to practice as a judge advocate.
Todd left the Marine Corps for private practice in 1998, as a Major in the judge advocate general’s (JAG) corps. He represented seriously injured people in Virginia and Pennsylvania before returning to represent similar victims in his native Texas in 2002.
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. In 2009, Todd spoke to the United States Congress related to the Fairness in Arbitration Act, in an effort to eliminate mandatory, binding, pre-dispute arbitration provisions that we still find in many of our consumer products and other contracts. Todd was consulted by the Senator 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. 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 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 companies responsible for the damage they cause. As a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and as president-elect of the Capital Area Trial Lawyer’s 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 believes that if we fail to protect the 7th Amendment, we will eventually lose them all because it is this right to hold the powerful accountable that protects the freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution.
Memberships and RecognitionsCLASSES/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
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
HONORS AND AWARDS
2013 Inductee into the Texas Lawyer Hall of Fame
Rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell
Texas Super Lawyer, A Thomson Reuters Business, 2011-2012, 2014-2018
Featured in VerdictSearch's "Top Texas Verdicts" by Texas Lawyer for 2011
Recognized as one of H Texas Magazine's "Houston's Top Lawyers," in 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2012
Voted The Global Directory of Who's Who Top Lawyer of 2015
AVVO Rating of “10 – Superb”
2015 Top 100 US Verdicts - Winner
2018 Top 50 Verdicts in Texas – Two Verdicts
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
The American Board of Trial Advocates
National Trial Lawyers (Top 100 Trial Lawyers), 2012-2019
The "F-Warriors," Region 4 Representative, 2013-2019
Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Board Member
Capital Area Trial Lawyers' Association, President-Elect
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 Association of Distinguished Counsel (Top 1% of Attorneys Nationwide)
The National Crime Victim’s Bar Association, Member
Advisory Board to the Capital Area Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Director
Reset Mentoring, Teen Mentor
PAST EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS
The Kelly Law Firm, Owner, Trial Lawyer: 2006-2012
Haskins, Gregan & Kelly, Partner, Trial Lawyer: 2002-2006
Cohen & Feely, Associate, Trial Lawyer: 2001-2002
Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, Associate, Trial Lawyer: 1998 - 2001
United States Marine Corps, Major, Judge Advocate: 1987-1998
Lone Star Karate & Self Defense, Black Belt (NiDan) Instructor, Former Owner