Timothy W. Kelly
Timothy W. Kelly graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1978. In 1997 he was voted by his peers as one of the top three attorneys in McLean County. He is a Martindale-Hubbell AV rated attorney (the highest rating available) devoting 100% of his practice to litigation. Concentrating his practice in personal injury and malpractice, he has obtained record verdicts in two downstate counties. He has been listed in Law & Leading Attorneys since 1996 and in 2002 was named one of the top 5% of attorneys in Illinois. He has also been recognized in Chicago Magazine as an Illinois "Super Lawyer." He has published articles and books regarding trial practice, is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, and served on the Board of Managers of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association from 1992 to 2014.
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1993
U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1979
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1990
U.S. Federal Court, 1979
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1979
U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1979
U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1998
U.S. Supreme Court, 1998
University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, Ohio, 1978 J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, 1975 B.S., Bachelor of Science
Honors and Awards:
Named as "Top Three Attorneys in McLean County," Business to Business Magazine, 1997
Listed in Law & Leading Attorneys for Illinois, 1996-Present
Named as an Illinois "Super Lawyer" by Chicago Magazine
Marquis, Who's Who in American Law, 2000 - Present
Martindale-Hubbell, rating of AV (highest rating available) 1993 - Present
Named by the National Trial Lawyers Association as a "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" for 2013, 2014, 2015
Illinois Supreme Court – Appointed as Chair of the Commission on Access to Justice in 2014
Fellows of the Bar Foundation – Chair of the Fellows, 2014-2015
Illinois State Bar Association: Elected Assembly Member, 1995 to 2000; Member Civil Practice & Procedure Section Council, 1992 to 2000, Vice Chair 1997-98, Chair 1998-99; Tort Law Section Council, 1995 to Present, Chair 2008-2009; Allerton House Steering Committee, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000-2002; Special Committee on Judicial Discipline, 1997-98; Task Force on the Allocation of Judges in Illinois, 1998-00. Special Committee on ISBA Facilities, 2000.
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association: Board of Managers 1992 - 2014; Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1995-96; Executive Committee, 1996, 1997; Chairman, Insurance Law Committee, 1996-1998; Chairman, Product Liability and Insurance Law Committee, 1998-2000. Seminar Planning Chairman, 2002.
American Trial Lawyers Association
McLean County Bar Association - President, 2015-2016
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois Bar Foundation, Board of Directors. 2nd Vice-President, 2016. 1st Vice-President, 2017. President, 2018.
McLean County Inns of Court
Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), Board of Directors, 2000 to 2007
Assistant Professor, Political Science, Illinois State University, 1980-1983
Staff Attorney, Prairie State Legal Services, 1978-1981
Assistant Public Defender, McLean County, 1981-1983
Associate in the Office of Jerome Mirza & Associates, 1983-1989
IICLE Faculty Member: for more information see Classes and Seminars Taught
ISBA Law-ed Series Faculty Member: for more information see Classes and Seminars Taught
ITLA Faculty Member: for more information see Classes and Seminars Taught
Author: Laying Foundations for Introducing Evidence, IICLE, 1991, revised, 1996; 2000, 2005; Proving Damages in Personal Injury Cases, IICLE 1994. Review of Recent Cases, Trial Briefs, ISBA Vol. 34, 1989; Review of Recent Cases, Tort Trends, ISBA Vol. 31, 1995; Affirmation of the Common Fund Doctrine, Trial Briefs, ISBA Vol. 42, 1996; IPI 5.01 & Expert Witnesses, Tort Trends, ISBA Vol. 4, 1997; Special Duty Exception to Local Governmental Tort Immunity, Trial Briefs, ISBA Vol. 44, 1999. Mandatory Arbitration Case Review, Illinois Bar Journal, March 2000. Illinois Pretrial Practice, James Publishing Co., 2002. Co-Edition, Illinois Causes of Action, 2006, 2008.
Certified as McLean County Civil Case Mediator, 1996
Certified as a McLean County Civil Case Arbitrator, 1997
Born: Chicago, Illinois, April 27, 1953