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Telephone: (954) 567-1776


 Coastal Tower, Suite 400
2400 East Commercial Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308

Board Certified Civil Trial and Business Litigation Lawyer

John P. Kelly, Esq.

*Board Certified

Civil Trial and Business Litigation Lawyer

Mr. Kelly is a trial lawyer who is a dual Florida board-certified litigation lawyer--both as a civil trial lawyer and as a business litigation specialist. He is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society of less than one-half of one percent of American Lawyers. Mr. Kelly has tried over 160 jury trials in federal and state court throughout the United States, and he has participated in hundreds of arbitrations, mediations and other alternative dispute resolution ("ADR") proceedings. Mr. Kelly formerly was an equity partner with the law firms of Fleming, O'Bryan & Fleming, Gunster, Yoakley, Valdes-Fauli & Stewart, Lorusso, Loud & Kelly LLP and The Kelly Law Firm for over 38 years. He is a graduate (magna cum laude) of The College of the Holy Cross and Vanderbilt Law School, where he was a member of Vanderbilt Law Review.
Mr. Kelly's specialty as a trial lawyer and business litigator encompasses a diverse field of law, including intellectual property, antitrust, employment law, corporate and securities law, ERISA, personal injury and wrongful death, products liability, insurance coverage, construction law and probate law. He has obtained significant verdicts and settlements as a trial lawyer, including a $13 million settlement for adopted descendants of a trust creator and $6 million and $2.6 million jury verdicts in corporate "squeeze-out" cases, as well as significant awards in other defamation, banking, employment, intellectual property, probate and personal injury matters.
Mr. Kelly has represented both individuals and major Fortune 500 companies in litigation both in Florida and throughout the United States. He regularly appears in all Florida State Courts and in federal courts in Florida and other states. He also has argued over thirty appeals at all appellate levels and is admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as numerous federal district courts throughout the United States.
Mr. Kelly is a founding member of the Intellectual Property Institute ( He is also a founding member and director of the South Florida Irish-American Chamber of Commerce ( He is a member of the Board and past president of the St. Thomas More Society of South Florida (
Mr. Kelly has been a featured speaker at numerous seminars on business litigation law and trial practice throughout Florida, and also has participated as a speaker at an international conference on employment law in Kitzbuhel, Austria and at the Harvard Club in New York City. He has published numerous articles on business litigation law and trial practice, including the section on business entity litigation in the Florida CLE Manual, "Business Litigation in Florida".
Mr. Kelly is an award-winning wildlife photographer, as well as an avid scuba diver, skier, fisherman, and gardener.

Bar Admissions:

Florida 1979

Areas of Practice:

Construction Law
Business Law and Litigation
Civil Trial

Board Certified Civil Trial and Business Litigation:



Sr. Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America


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