Taking Action as One of the Nation's Leading Lawyers
Attorney Robert W. Kelley of Kelley/Uustal is an accomplished trial lawyer
who has received national recognition for high-profile case successes.
In one of his most notable cases, he obtained a winning verdict after
a six-month jury trial against General Motors (GM), earning him national
attention and media coverage, including a segment on
Mr. Kelley’s prosecution helped to expose a massive corporate scandal
involving sensitive documents hidden by GM concerning a “value analysis”
performed by their engineers. It was revealed during the trial that engineers
considered whether or not it would be worth spending $2.20 per vehicle
to install fuel tank shields that could be life-saving in the event of
a vehicle fire. The jury ultimately sided with Mr. Kelley, resulting in
the largest wrongful death and personal injury judgment ever paid by GM.
A book was later written about corporate misconduct and the outcome of
A decade later, Mr. Kelley was responsible for obtaining the seventh-largest
verdict by a jury in U.S. history, according to a report by the National
Law Journal. This major accomplishment was also the largest product liability
award in the country in that same year.
Mr. Kelley has been named one of the
Top Ten Lawyers in the United States by Lawyers USA.
Millions of Dollars Won
Thomas Jefferson once said that “trial by jury is the best of all
safeguards for the person and property of every individual.” Attorney
Kelley is a living testament to this statement, proudly fighting on behalf
of those who have been wronged by businesses, individuals, or other entities.
Mr. Kelley has received the following accolades throughout the course of
Best Lawyers® in America
- Most Effective Lawyers in South Florida by the South Florida Daily Business Review
Throughout his career, Mr. Kelley has tried more than 100 jury trials for
a wide variety of cases, including boating, trucking, and automobile accidents,
construction site accidents, medical malpractice, traumatic brain injuries,
catastrophic injuries, defective products, and more. He has achieved success
in more than 25 multimillion-dollar verdicts.
Ethical. Knowledgeable. Reputable.
For more than 20 years, Mr. Kelley has been board certified in civil trial
law by the Florida Bar. He lectures frequently across the country and
served as an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern Law Center. Mr. Kelley
has also achieved an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.
As editor of the Florida Jury Selection Blog, Mr. Kelley shares his professional
knowledge with more than 2,000 subscribers. His audience include law professors
from across the country, attorneys, and judges. He is also published in
the Nova Law Review, the International Information Bulletin on Variable
Stars, the Journal of the Florida Justice Association, and the Florida
Mr. Kelley graduated from Nova Southeastern Law Center and Vanderbilt University.
In school, he was editor in chief of the Nova Law Review. Today, he is
admitted to the Florida State Bar, the United States District Court for
the Southern District of Florida, the United States Court of Appeals of
the of the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court.
Proudly Giving Back to His Community
In addition to his exceptional contributions to the legal field, Mr. Kelley
also contributes to and participates in a significant number of local
and national charities.
Attorney Kelley has been involved as a board member with the Broward County
YMCA and the United Way. He also serves as a board member for the Housing
Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale, which provides low-income families
and the elderly with safe, decent, and affordable housing.
Additionally, he and his firm serve as Justice Circle Sponsors for Legal
Aid and FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD. Through his generosity, Mr. Kelley was the
founding donor of the Kelley Boathouse at Fort Lauderdale’s Pine
Crest School. He continues to be a significant donor to the Turtle Hospital
and the Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys.
Early Background & Other Interests
Mr. Kelley is a licensed United States Coast Guard Captain. He worked his
way through law school on commercial fishing boats. He is a PADI certified
Rescue Diver and Dive Master. In 2011 he founded
The Dive Bar, an Underwater Bar Association, consisting of SCUBA certified lawyers
and others who are dedicated to preserving the coral reefs and marine
environment of the Florida Keys and the Bahamas. He is married and he
and his wife have 6 children.
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