Kelly Sheridan

Kelly is a partner with the firm. Kelly’s practice focuses on product liability cases, catastrophic personal injury defense, and high-stakes commercial litigation. Kelly has also developed expertise in insurance coverage and indemnity disputes, and represents both policyholders and insurance carriers in resolving high-value disputed claims. Kelly has significant civil trial experience and regularly appears in Washington’s state and federal courts on behalf of his clients. Washington Super Lawyers Magazine has named Kelly a “Rising Star” every year since 2016. In 2018, Kelly was selected as an Associate Fellow by the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society devoted to promoting superior advocacy and ethical standards in the practice of law.

Kelly is an alum of Dartmouth College and the University of Washington School of Law, where he served as an Executive Editor on the Washington Law Review, was admitted to the Order of the Coif, and graduated with high honors. Prior to Joining Corr Cronin, Kelly served as a law clerk to United States District Judge Edward F. Shea in the Eastern District of Washington.

Kelly is active in the Seattle community, serving as Legal Chair of the Board of Directors of the Blue Ridge Neighborhood Club and volunteering for the King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinics. Kelly has authored two published guidebooks to nationally-recognized rock climbing areas in Washington, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington Climbers’ Coalition, a nonprofit organization that promotes and protects rock climbing access across the state.

Featured Cases

Merriman v. Winners 3, LLC, et al. – Kelly obtained summary judgment dismissal of a premises liability action involving allegations of permanent disability. The third-party indemnification claim against Kelly’s client was dismissed with prejudice and the client was awarded its attorneys’ fees and costs incurred in defending the entire matter.

SEC v. Path America LLC, et al. – Retained by Seattle-based immigration attorney to represent more than 100 Chinese investors in large-scale Puget Sound real estate projects frozen by allegations of securities fraud by the SEC. Kelly helped recover more than $11 million in frozen investor funds in a case that garnered local and national attention.

Sanchez v. Sinclair Broadcasting et al. – Kelly was part of the trial team that defended the manufacturer of the helicopter involved in the March 2014 KOMO News helicopter crash near the Space Needle. Corr Cronin’s vigorous defense resulted in a $40 million settlement by KOMO News and its aviation contractor during the fourth week of trial without any financial contribution by the helicopter manufacturer.

More Representative Cases

Insurance Coverage

Doe v. Insurance Company – Kelly brought suit against a specialty environmental insurance carrier to obtain coverage for several large-scale class actions brought against a Puget Sound composting company, obtaining a highly favorable confidential settlement that included payment of all remaining policy limits and the firm’s attorney’s fees and costs.

Telecommunications Carrier v. Insurance Company – Kelly brought suit against a specialty professional liability provider to obtain coverage and indemnity for an eight-figure regulatory fine imposed by the FCC. Obtained a very favorable confidential settlement.

G.W. Williams v. Cascade Roof & Gutter – Kelly represented a commercial general liability insurer in connection with coverage and bad faith claims arising out of an underlying seven-figure judgment, obtaining a confidential settlement for a fraction of the total claim.

Personal Injury

Doe v. Medical Device Manufacturer – Kelly served as local counsel for an international medical device manufacturer in a high-stakes infant wrongful death suit. Kelly took depositions, drafted motions, and prepared trial materials that enabled the client to settle matter favorably less than one month before trial.

Hauge v. Ash Grove Cement Co., et al. – Kelly was part of the trial team in a lawsuit brought by a worker who had been “buried alive” in industrial accident at a Seattle cement plant. Kelly drafted motions and trial materials that enabled the client to reach a favorable settlement on the eve of anticipated five-week trial.

M.E. v. National Daycare Chain – Kelly represented a chain of national daycare centers in connection with claims brought by the parents of a minor plaintiff alleging permanent scarring injuries as a result of injuries the child suffered at the center, resulting in a favorable confidential settlement.

Product Liability

Doe v. Medical Device Manufacturer – Kelly served as local counsel for an international medical device manufacturer in a high-stakes infant wrongful death suit. Kelly took depositions, drafted motions, and prepared trial materials that enabled the client to settle matter favorably less than one month before trial.

Godfrey v. Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Ltd. et al. – Kelly was part of a trial team that successfully defended product liability action in Washington state court, resulting in a complete defense verdict after a four-week trial.

Mowry v. Greenshields Industrial Supply et al. – Kelly defended a manufacturer of high-strength industrial slings from claims by an injured worker that suffered a severe crush injury. Kelly’s vigorous pursuit of a misuse defense enabled the manufacturer to obtain an extremely favorable confidential settlement.

Professional Liability

Wuth v. Laboratory Corp. of America, et al. – Kelly was part of trial team that defended a unique and controversial “wrongful life” action in King County Superior Court over an eight week trial in the fall of 2013.

Real Estate & Environmental Litigation

Merriman v. Winners 3, LLC, et al. – Kelly obtained summary judgment dismissal of a premises liability action involving allegations of permanent disability. The third-party indemnification claim against Kelly’s client was dismissed with prejudice and the client was awarded its attorneys’ fees and costs incurred in defending the entire matter.

Other

Public Records Act

Utility Contractor v. Mason County PUD No. 3, et al. – Kelly brought suit on behalf of public utility contractor seeking to enjoin the release of proprietary and confidential bid on Automated Metering Infrastructure contract under the Washington Public Records Act. Kelly obtained a temporary restraining order and negotiated the complete withdrawal of records request on expedited basis.

Presentations and Publications

Top ESI Mistakes in Mass Tort Disputes, Thompson Reuters Law & Forensics Webinar, September 14, 2017

Legal News: Data Breaches Pressure Companies to Protect Personal Information, Puget Sound Business Journal, August 23, 2013 (co-authored with Todd Williams)

Ninth Circuit Case Law Update, Eastern District of Washington Federal Bar CLE, Richland, Washington, May 11, 2012

Staying Neutral: How Washington State Courts Should Approach Negligent Supervision Claims Against Religious Organizations, Washington Law Review, August 2010

Leavenworth Bouldering, Sharp End Books, 2014

Der Klettergarten: A Northwest Bouldering Renaissance in Leavenworth, Washington, Climbing Magazine, October 2009

Central Washington Bouldering: Leavenworth and Gold Bar, Sharp End Books, 2007

Education / Background

J.D., High Honors, University of Washington School of Law

B.A., Psychology and English, Dartmouth College

Extern, Judge Robert S. Lasnik, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

Extern, Judge Richard D. Eadie, King County Superior Court

Law Clerk, Judge Edward F. Shea, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

Professional Associations

Associate Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Washington Defense Trial Lawyers

Washington State Bar Association

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

 

 

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