Kelly is a retired founding partner of the firm, well deserving the title “emeritus.” Before retiring, he was a trial lawyer with more than 40 years of jury trial experience. His practice was broad ranging, focusing on class actions, products liability and personal injury, professional malpractice, complex commercial litigation, employment litigation, and intellectual property disputes.
Kelly was selected a “Super Lawyer” list seventeen times. Twelve times his peers have voted him among the top ten lawyers in the state in any field of practice. Since 2008, Benchmark, in America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, has picked Kelly as one of the state’s “Local Litigation Stars.” Benchmark wrote that Kelly Corr is a “savvy trial attorney” who is “very much a street fighter when he needs to be,” and a particular asset in “cases that have a public aspect.” In 2013, he was selected as Seattle’s “Lawyer of the Year” for “Bet the Company” litigation. Kelly has been featured on the cover of Washington Law & Politics and the 2015 edition of Washington State Super Lawyers. Since 1996, he has been a Fellow of The American College of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only organization limited to the top one percent of all trial lawyers.
Seattle Magazine, Seattle Business Monthly, Washington Super Lawyers 2015 and Washington Journal have each profiled Kelly. His cases have been featured in and he has been quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, People magazine, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Times, numerous trade publications and three books.
Auditing Malpractice Case – Lead counsel defending claims by 600-plus plaintiffs asserting losses of over $150 million.
The Hearst Corporation & Seattle Post-Intelligencer v. The Seattle Times – The Hearst Corporation retained Corr Cronin to help save the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, one of Seattle’s two daily newspapers. In a lawsuit being followed by The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and other national media, Hearst sued The Seattle Times to block an attempt by The Seattle Times to dissolve a 20-year old joint newspaper operating arrangement (“JOA”) between The Seattle Times and Hearst. The Seattle Times claimed that it incurred three consecutive years of financial losses under the JOA, allowing it to terminate joint publication of the two newspapers. After four years of litigation, the case settled. The Seattle Times agreed to pay Hearst $24 million and continue the JOA for at least nine more years.
Courtney Love v. Nirvana, et al. – Nirvana L.L.C. and the remaining band members hired the firm to release additional Nirvana music over the objection of Courtney Love and to have her declared incompetent and removed as the representative to the L.L.C. of Kurt Cobain’s estate. There was extensive media coverage of the case. Case settled; music was released.
Chapman v. Alaska Airlines, Inc. – Nationally-known plaintiff’s counsel brought a class action involving 3.9 million plaintiffs and claims dating back to 1996. Plaintiff, a frequent flyer, claimed that Alaska Airlines had breached its contract and acted unfairly when it “retroactively devalued” accrued mileage by increasing award levels for free travel in its frequent flyer plan. After extensive briefing and oral argument, the entire case was dismissed with prejudice. Lead counsel.