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
Best Lawyers® in America
- 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
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.