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James Kelley, III

Elk & Elk Co., Ltd.- Mayfield Heights
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James Kelley, III
Elk & Elk Co., Ltd.- Mayfield Heights
Mayfield Heights,
 OH

Jay has been managing partner at Elk & Elk since 2017 and was a partner since 2011. Jay focuses on civil trial work in state and federal courts. His practice areas include medical negligence and/or wrongful death arising from birth injury, maternal death, surgery, oncological, cardiac, trucking, auto and pharmaceutical causes.

Jay has presented more than 70 cases to juries, including felony prosecution, criminal defense, civil defense and civil plaintiff cases. He has been lead counsel on cases in more than 30 Ohio counties, as well as in appellate courts and the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Jay was appointed court liaison/lead counsel on behalf of all claimants in lawsuits against University Hospitals. He oversaw workup, handling and resolution of Liaison Counsel for all 65 plaintiffs in 2019. The litigation stemmed from a fertility clinic event that left thousands of fertilized embryos and eggs unviable. 

Jay was awarded “Lawyer of the Year” in 2021 for Medical Malpractice Law in Cleveland. Since 2016, he has been included in The Best Lawyers in America® for Medical Malpractice Law and Personal Injury Litigation.

Jay has been recognized as an “Ohio Super Lawyer” since 2009, maintains the highest AVVO rating and received a 5.0/5.0 AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ by members of the Bar and Judiciary for his legal ability and professional ethical standards. He was named to the Top Five in Cleveland by Super Lawyers from 2012-2015, Top Ten Ohio Super Lawyer’s list from 2011-2015 by Cincinnati and Columbus Super Lawyers magazines, Top 100 Ohio Super Lawyers from 2010-2021 and Top 50 lawyers in Cleveland by Super Lawyers for 2009 and from 2012-2021.

Jay is a past member of the board of trustees for Ohio Association of Justice and the Board of Trustees for The Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys. Nationally, he’s a member of the American Association of Justice’s “Leadership Forum.”

Jay speaks internationally to medical and legal groups on the issue of birth injury and medical liability. Jay was a reviewer for the Sixth Edition of Fetal Monitoring, a Multidisciplinary Approach and the Ninth Edition of Pocket Guide to Fetal Monitoring, a Multidisciplinary Approach. A textbook used by physicians around the country on the issue of liability for birth injuries. Jay has a chapter published in the 6th edition of Comprehensive Gynecology, Medical-Legal Issues (2011,) in the 7th edition of Comprehensive Gynecology, Medical-Legal Risk Management (2017) and in the 8th edition of Comprehensive Gynecology, Medical-Legal Risk Management (2022.) The respect of the medical community provides access to leading experts and optimal results.

When Jay isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his family, watching his kids play sports and attending various other sporting events.


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