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L. Todd Kelly

The Carlson Law Firm - Austin (North)
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L. Todd Kelly
The Carlson Law Firm - Austin (North)


Todd Kelly is first, and foremost, a child of God. He is a devoted husband to his wife, Robbye, and father of four amazing children, Joshua, Meghan, Matthew, and Selby. He cooks one large batch of crawfish per year and has become adept at smoking a brisket. Because he has tried to do life without Him, Todd will testify that he is an utter failure without God, and that the rest of the narrative below is possible only by His grace… read more about that miracle in his book The Power Within.

Professionally, Todd is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Todd is licensed in Texas, Oklahoma, Virginia, New Mexico, Colorado and Pennsylvania. He grew up in Arlington, Texas, and received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas in 1987, while attending on an ROTC Scholarship. He earned his juris doctorate from the Dickinson School of Law in 1995 as a member of the Woolsack Honor Society, while serving as a U.S. Marine, where he returned to practice as a criminal defense attorney in the judge advocate’s corps.

Todd left the Marine Corps to enter private practice in 1998, after attaining the rank of Major. He represented asbestos exposure victims and other seriously injured people in Virginia and Pennsylvania before returning to represent victims of birth injury and nursing home abuse in his native Texas in 2002.

In 2006, Todd opened his own law firm in Houston, Texas, where he gained recognition for his representation of sexual assault victims by an overseas military contractor.


Todd has been featured on 20/20, The Rachel Maddow Show, and has been interviewed on legal topics by numerous national and local news programs, including CBS’ Insider Edition. In 2009, Todd appeared in front of committees of the United States Congress speaking on the Fairness in Arbitration Act, in an effort to eliminate mandatory, binding, pre-dispute arbitration provisions that are found in consumer products and other contracts. Todd was consulted by Senator Al Franken, who sponsored an amendment to the Senate Appropriations bill during that year which led to the abolition of forced arbitration for victims of sexual assault by most military contractors.

In 2013, Todd was inducted into the Texas Lawyer Hall of Fame following a $16,900,000 verdict on behalf of a mentally handicapped woman who was raped by a caregiver at her daycare facility.

Todd has received his 10-year Super Lawyer award, as he has been named a Texas Super Lawyer in 2011, 2012 and every year since 2014.

Protector of the Constitution

Todd has dedicated his life to making America safer. He began that service as a Marine Corps combat engineer officer. He now continues that work by protecting those truly injured people who will never get the justice that our system promises to them without holding greedy, powerful corporate entities responsible for the damage they cause. As a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, as a member of the Executive Committee of the Texas Trial Lawyers’ Association, and as a past president of the Capital Area Trial Lawyers’ Association, he is a staunch defender of our 7th Amendment Right to Trial by Jury in all cases with a value exceeding $20.00.

Todd urges that if we fail to protect the 7th Amendment to the United States Constitution, we will eventually lose the rights guaranteed by all of the Amendments because it is the right to hold the powerful accountable, protected by the 7th Amendment, that protects the individual freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution.

To learn more about Todd’s practice and devotion to God, get a copy of his autobiographical book, Power Within.


Celebration Leadership Institute

Celebration Church, Georgetown, Texas

Diploma Candidate 2022

Trial Lawyers College

July 2009

The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University

Juris Doctorate – June 1995

Honors: Woolsack Honor Society

The University of Texas at Austin

B.A. – May 1987

Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society


Texas: 2002

Virginia: 1995

Oklahoma: 2010

New Mexico: 2020

Colorado: 2021

Pennsylvania (Inactive)

United States Supreme Court: 2001

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals: 2008

Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces: 1995

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia: 1998

United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas: 2007

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas: 2007

United States District Court for the Western District of Texas: 2015

United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas: 2019


Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, December 2015

Faculty Appointments

Faculty Instructor, The Trial Lawyers College

Board Membership

Founding Member, Amour Center and Safe House

Chairman of the Advisory Board: Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Central Texas

Memberships and Recognitions


Fairness in Arbitration Act, Press Conference with Congressional leaders

Fairness in Arbitration – Lecture, University of Delaware, 2009

Fairness in Arbitration – Lecture, University of Texas Law School, 2010

Intangible Damages – Lecture, Permian Basin Trial Lawyers Association, 2015

Intangible Damages – Lecture, Byran/College Station Trial Lawyers Association, 2016

Proving Causation with Pre-Existing Injuries – Lecture, TTLA Car Wrecks Seminar, March 2017

Trial Advocacy College of Texas (TACT) Faculty, Austin, Texas, July 2018

Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in Texas – Panel Discussion, NCVBA, February 2019

TLC Regional Seminar, F-Warrior Ambassador, March 2019

Trying a Case Without Medical Bills – Lecture, CATLA CLE, May 2019

Trying a Case Without Medical Bills – Lecture, TTLA Midyear, June 2019

Open Wide: Opening Statements to Prepare a Jury to Think Big – Lecture, TTLA Midyear, May 2020

Trying a Case Without Medical Bills after SB-207 – Lecture, CATLA CLE, May 2021

Trial Advocacy College of Texas (TACT) Faculty, Irving, Texas July 2021

TTLA Advanced Tactics & Strategy (Trying Cases without Medical Bills), September 2021

South Plains Trial Lawyers’ Assoc. (Trying Cases without Medical Bills), September 2021

Permian Basin Trial Lawyers’ Assoc. (Trying Cases without Medical Bills), September 2021

Tarrant County Trial Lawyers’ Assoc. (Trying Cases without Medical Bills), October 2021

Texas Trial Lawyers Association Destination CLE on Actual Damages, April 2022


Rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell

Texas Super Lawyer, A Thomson Reuters Business, 2011-2012, 2014-2021

Austin’s Top Attorneys (Personal Injury), 2019 – 2021

Three Separate Cases included in the Top 10 Verdicts in Texas: 2022

Top 10 Verdicts in Texas: 2020

Top 50 Personal Injury US Verdicts 2020

Top 100 US Verdicts 2020

Featured in Verdict Search’s “Top Texas Verdicts” by Texas Lawyer for 2011, and twice in 2018

Recognized as one of H Texas Magazine’s “Houston’s Top Lawyers,” in 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2012

Top 100 US Verdicts

Voted The Global Directory of Who’s Who Top Lawyer of 2015

Texas Lawyer Hall of Fame: 2013 Inductee

AVVO Rating of “10 – Superb”


Texas Trial Lawyers Association, VP of Political Affairs: 2019-2020; PAC, Chair: 2020-2022

Capital Area Trial Lawyers’ Association, President: 2020-2021

Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys, Advocate Member: 2021

The American Board of Trial Advocates: 2016 – present

The Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court: 2020 – present

The “F-Warriors,” Region 4 Representative, 2013-2020

American Association of Justice, Member

Million Dollar Advocate’s Forum, Life Member

Multi-Million Dollar Advocate’s Forum, Life Member

State Bar of Texas, Member

National Trial Lawyers (Top 100 Trial Lawyers), 2012-2021

National Association of Distinguished Counsel (Top 1% of Attorneys Nationwide)

The National Crime Victim’s Bar Association, Member

Reset Mentoring, Former Teen Mentor


The Kelly Law Firm, Owner, Trial Lawyer: 2006-2012

Haskins, Gregan & Kelly, Partner, Trial Lawyer: 2002-2006

Cohen & Feeley, Associate, Trial Lawyer: 2001-2002

Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, Associate, Trial Lawyer: 1998 – 2001

United States Marine Corps, Major, Judge Advocate: 1987-1998

Practice Areas:

18-Wheeler Collision , Human Trafficking , Personal Injury , Sexual Assault Victims , Traumatic Birth Injury , Wrongful Death

Office: North Austin

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