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Tucson Personal Injury Attorney:

Michael F. Kelly

Michael F. Kelly is a partner with the Hollingsworth Kelly Law Firm, which he joined in April of 2009. His practice is entirely devoted to personal injury, including medical malpractice and wrongful death cases, with an emphasis on litigation. Michael is a Certified Specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation by the State Bar of Arizona.

Since becoming a member of the Arizona State Bar in 2004, he has tried more than 100 jury trials, including homicide prosecutions, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and traumatic death injury cases. Since joining the firm, the jury verdicts Michael and Louis Hollingsworth have obtained together have exceeded $8,500,000. He is a frequent lecturer and guest speaker throughout the state of Arizona on a variety of topics related to trial techniques, strategies and methods. His courtroom successes enabled him to become Certified in Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation by the State Bar at only 35 years of age.

Michael is committed to using his litigation experience to work for injured plaintiffs. “Representing people who are injured as a result of another’s negligence is similar to the work I did as a prosecutor,” says Michael. “Even though I represented the People as a deputy county attorney, my goal was to achieve justice for victims who were affected by a bad event. My work gives me the chance to represent injured plaintiffs, to achieve justice for them, for the injuries they innocently have to bear, and for the pain and suffering they have to live with, often for the rest of their lives.”

A native of Tucson, Michael began studying theatre arts at the University of Arizona before switching to the Business College. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Finance in 2001. He was awarded a Juris Doctor, also from the University of Arizona, in 2004. Michael is married and is a proud father. He is an avid golfer in his spare time.

Professional Presentations / Publications

  • Your Client: The Key to Full and Fair Compensation, October 2011
  • Why You Need to Try Personal Injury Cases to a Jury, September 2011
  • The Conversation: Bold New Trial Strategies, August 2010
  • The Art of Cross-Examination, April 2010
  • The Role of the Prosecutor, Tucson Police Department Citizen’s Academy, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Closing Arguments: What You Can Say, What You Cannot Say, and What You Need to Say,
    Arizona Prosecuting Attorney’s Advisory Council (APAAC), 2007, 2008
  • Courtroom Testimony and Demeanor, Tucson Police Department Officer Training, 2007, 2008
  • The Pima County Attorney’s Office Gang Unit, University of Arizona College of Law, 2007
  • People for a Safe Tucson, 2007
  • APAAC Faculty Advisor, Intermediate Trial Advocacy Course, 2006, 2007
  • Pima County Attorney Citizen’s Academy, 2006

Awards and Honors

  • Certified Specialist in Injury & Wrongful Death Litigation, State Bar of Arizona
  • Top Gun Award, Deputy Pima County Trial Attorney of the Year, 2006
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • Supreme Court of California
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professional Associations

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Pima County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • State Bar of California

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