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.
Burke v. Jefferson Healthcare et al. – In the fall of 2019, Kelly served as lead trial counsel for an international medical device manufacturer over the course of a seven-week trial in Kitsap County, Washington. The firm’s client was dismissed on a motion for directed verdict at the close of evidence. The plaintiffs went on to recover in excess of $23 million against the remaining defendant.
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.