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John Michael Kelly

John Michael Kelly, American lawyer. Bar: Florida 1968, California 1969, Washington 1977. Reginald Smith scholar.


  • Kelly, John Michael was born on August 13, 1939 in Ithaca, New York, United States. Son of John Hennesy and Althea (Tisdel) Kelly.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in History, Ithaca College, 1963. Juris Doctor, University Miami, 1968. Postgraduate, University Pennsylvania School Law, 1969.


    • Member staff Miami Legal Services, 1966—1968. Partner Grivi & Kelly, 1969, Kelly, Knapp, Sanders & Cogan, 1977—1978, Sklar, Stashower, Kelly & Knapp, Los Angeles, since 1978. City marshall, Ithaca, 1958—1963.

      Teacher advanced family law & divorce University Southern California. With United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1959-1964.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Florida 1968, California 1969, Washington 1977.


    Chairman Los Angeles Hunger Project, since 1978. Director special projects Office of Economic Opportunity Los Angeles County. Mediator family law matters Los Angeles Superior Court, Santa Monica, Torrance & Central district.

    Board directors 1st Los Angeles World Hunger Event, 1979. Member of American Bar Association (family law section, chairman practical use computers family law, executive member economics practice committee, continuing education committee, chairman law practice economic committee, chairman for the use of computers committee, executive member legal education committee), Irish American Bar Association (Creator of positive divorce process), Santa Monica Bar Association (co-chairman family law section), Beverly Hills Bar Association, Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association, State Bar California (chairman, secretary custody & visitation committee), Los Angeles County Bar Association (client relations committee, family law section), California Trial Lawyers (chairman family law section, membership committee), Washington Bar Association, Florida Bar Association.


    • Married Nancy Harwood Kelly, April 13, 1980.
    • father: John Hennesy Kelly
    • mother: Althea (Tisdel) Kelly
    • spouse: Nancy Harwood Kelly
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    Born August 13, 1939