Robert W. Kelley

Robert W. Kelley

Taking Action as One of the Nation's Leading Lawyers

Attorney Robert W. Kelley has been recognized by Lawyers USA as one of the Top Ten Lawyers in the United States. In 2009 he obtained the 7th-largest jury verdict in the entire country, as reported by the National Law Journal. It was also the largest product liability award in the United States that year.

When the New York Times editorial board opined on the trial, it praised the therapeutic effect of the jury's verdict. About Attorney Kelley's work and trial results, the major news outlet stated, "There should be more lawsuits against this industry, seeking not only monetary damages but also changes in how the industry markets its products."

A decade earlier, Mr. Kelley was the focus of national attention as a result of the verdict he obtained after a 6-month jury trial against General Motors. That trial, which received media coverage around the world, became the subject of a segment on CBS 60 Minutes. The trial exposed a massive corporate cover-up involving long-hidden GM documents concerning a "value analysis" performed by the company's engineers.

Ultimately, it was revealed that GM engineers actually considered whether it would be worth spending $2.20 per vehicle on fuel tank shields in order to prevent people from burning alive in GM vehicle fires. The trial resulted in the largest personal injury and wrongful death judgment ever paid by the automaker. Subsequently, it is also the subject of a book about corporate misconduct and the trial.

Your Right to a "Trial by Jury"

“Trial by jury – the best of all safeguards for the person and property of every individual.” -Thomas Jefferson (1823)

As a living testament to Jefferson's timeless statement, Attorney Kelley proudly advocates on behalf of clients who have been wronged by individuals, businesses, and other entities.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Kelley has been selected and continuously included in:

  • Best Lawyers® in America
  • Florida Super Lawyers®
  • South Florida's Best Lawyers®
  • Most Effective Lawyers in South Florida by the South Florida Daily Business Review

He has tried more than 100 jury trials and has won more than 25 multimillion dollar jury verdicts in a wide variety of cases involving automobile, trucking and boating accidents, medical malpractice, construction site accidents, defective products, brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries.

Ethical. Knowledgeable. Reputable.

Mr. Kelley has been a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer by the Florida Bar for more than 20 years. He is a frequent lecturer on trial practice in Florida and across the country and he has taught as an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern Law Center. Additionally, Attorney Robert Kelley is AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, which is the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards.

He is the editor of the Florida Jury Selection Blog which has close to 2,000 subscribers, many of whom are lawyers, judges, and law professors across the country. He has published articles in the Florida Bar Journal, the Journal of the Florida Justice Association, the Nova Law Review, and the International Information Bulletin on Variable Stars.

Mr. Kelley is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Nova Southeastern Law Center, where he served as Editor-In-Chief of the Nova Law Review. He is admitted to the Bars of the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals of the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and the State Bar of Florida.

Proudly Serving the Local Community

In addition to an exceptional legal career, Mr. Kelley is an active participant and significant contributor to a number of local and national charitable organizations. Mr. Kelley and his firm have been Justice Circle Sponsors for Legal Aid and FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD. Mr. Kelley serves on the Board of the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale which provides housing for the elderly and low-income families.

Robert Kelley has served on the boards of United Way and the Broward County YMCA. He was the founding donor of the Kelley Boathouse at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, and is a significant contributor to the Dolphin Research Center and The Turtle Hospital 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.

Contact Kelley/Uustal for a Private Consultation

Mr. Kelley and his law firm, Kelley/Uustal, engage in a wide variety of activities dedicated to making a difference in people's lives. Though helping his clients obtain financial compensation is incredibly important, the thing he values most is the opportunity to represent individuals seeking justice.

To schedule a private consultation with Attorney Robert Kelley, please contact our Fort Lauderdale personal injury law firm. We would be happy to speak with you about how Attorney Kelley can be of personal assistance for your potential claim.

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  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • South Florida Top Rated Lawyers
  • Best Law Firms
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers