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Patrick M. Kelly, American lawyer. Bar: California 1970, United States District Court (central district) California 1970, United States Supreme Court 1973, California State and Federal Courts, Nevada Federal Courts. Recipient Griffin Bell Volunteer Achievement Award.


Kelly, Patrick M. was born on April 4, 1943 in Pasadena, California, United States. Son of Ted John Kelly and Frances Ruth (Fudge) Swanson.


Pomona College (Bachelor of Arts, 1966). Loyola University of Los Angeles (Juris Doctor, 1969).


Worked at Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker (Los Angeles, California) specializing in General Insurance and Reinsurance Practice and Litigation. Commercial, Corporate and Securities Law. Domestic and International Property and Casualty Insurance and Reinsurance.

Products and Professional Liability, Toxic Tort Defense, Environmental Impairment Liability, Medical and Hospital Malpractice, Municipal and Public Officials Liability, Trusts and Estates. Aviation, Marine and Inland Marine. Securities and Fiduciary Liability and General Subrogation.

Admitted to the bar, 1970, California. Phi Delta Phi (Magister, 1968-1969). Member, St. Thomas More Society.

Author: "Practical Approaches to Punitive Damages Cases," 1981. "Closing the Case," 1983. "Litigation and Liability," Ski Area Management, 1984.

Co-author: "Closing the Case: Resolving Multi-Party Suits Through Good-Faith Settlements," Business Insurance, October 31, 1983. "Updated Approaches to Punitive Damages," California Lawyer, December, 1984. "Good Faith Settlements: Overcoming New Obstacles," Los Angeles County Bar Trial Lawyers Newsletter, February/March, 1985.

Contributor, "Civil Procedure Before Trial," 1978. Lecturer: Presenting Evidence, 1986, Construction Claims and Disputes for Owners and Contractors, 1983-1986, Construction Disputes for Auditors and Engineers and Civil Discovery, 1976 Association of Business Trial Lawyers. Contributor, "Insurance Litigation," California Judges Association, 1989 Trial Practice, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1975.

Member, Panel of Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association. Member: Los Angeles County (Trustee, 1978-1980, 1985—. President, 1990-1991.

President-Elect, 1989-1990. Senior Vice President, 1988-1989. Vice President and Treasurer, 1987-1988.

Chair: Editorial Board and Editorial Advisory Committee, Los Angeles Lawyer, 1977-1978. Attorneys Errors and Omissions Committee, 1986-1987. Legislative Committee, 1980-1981.

Los Angeles Delegation to State Bar Conference of Delegates. Legislative Activity Committee, 1982-1984. Member, Judicial Appointments Committee, 1980-1985.

Vice Chairman, 1984-1985, Trial Lawyers Section. Fast Track Committee, 1988-1989. Chair, Litigation Section, 1987-1988) and American (Member, Sections on: Litigation.

Tort and Insurance Practice) Bar Associations. The State Bar of California (Member: Executive Committee of the Conference of Delegates, 1981-1984. Editorial Board, California Lawyer, 1981—.

Chair, Public Affairs Committee, 1979-1980). Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (Chancery, 1986—). National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel.

Association of Business Trial Lawyers. Defense Research Institute. American Society for Testing and Materials.

Los Angeles County Bar Foundation (Director, 1984—. Secretary, 1987-1988). American Bar Foundation.

(Partner in ChargeLos Angeles). Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker is a full service international law firm, ranking among the largest law firms in the United States with offices in twelve major cities in the United States. We have provided our clients with a full range of expert and innovative legal services for more than a quarter of a century.

Our dramatic growth during this period has been a response to the emerging needs of existing clients and addition of new ones. Initially, ours was an insurance-related practice and we maintain a preeminent position with regard to all aspects of insurance law and the insurance/reinsurance industry serving insureds, brokers, insurers and reinsurers. As our clients have matured and broadened in scope, so have our services and expertise and we have expanded into the general corporate law, including creditors' rights and bankruptcy, trusts and estates and real estate transactions and regulatory work.


Member American Bar Association, Century City Bar Association, Wilshire Bar Association, Irish American Bar Association, National Ski Areas Association, American Arbitration Association, Association Southern California Defense Counsel, Loyola Law School Alumni Association (board of governors 1974-1980), Women Lawyers Association, National Association RailRoad Trial Counsel, American Society Testing and Materials, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, Association Ski Defense Attorneys (board member), Association Business Trial Lawyers, Coalition of Justice (president), Professional Liability Underwriting Society (chair Southern California Chapter), Dispite Resolutions Services (vice chair), Phi Delta Phi.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: music, skiing.


Married Victoria Zinkand, August 25, 1978. Children: Patrick, Laura.