L. Todd Kelly

The Carlson Law Firm
11606 North IH-35
Austin, TX 78753
512-823-2237
www.carlsonattorneys.com


EDUCATION

 
       
  • Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
         
    • Juris Doctorate - June, 1995
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    • Honors: Woolsack Honor Society

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  • The University of Texas, Austin, Texas
         
    • Bachelor of Journalism - May, 1987

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  • Trial Lawyer's College – 2009
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  • Naval Justice School – October 1995

PRACTICE AREAS(s)

CLASSES/SEMINARS

       
  • Fairness in Arbitration Act, Press Conference with Congressional leaders
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  • Fairness in Arbitration - Lecture, University of Delaware, 2009
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  • Fairness in Arbitration - Lecture, University of Texas Law School, 2010
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  • Intangible Damages – Lecture, Permian Basin Trial Lawyers Association, 2015
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  • Intangible Damages – Lecture, Bryan/College Station Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
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  • Proving Causation with Pre-Existing Injuries – Lecture, Texas Trial Lawyers’ Association Car Wrecks Seminar, 2016
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  • Trying a Case Without Medical Bills – Lecture, Capital Area Trial Lawyers’ Association CLE, May 2019
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  • Trying a Case Without Medical Bills – Lecture, Texas Trial Lawyers’ Association Midyear Conference, June 2019
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  • Open Wide: Opening Statements for Big Verdicts – Lecture, Texas Trial Lawyers’ Association Midyear Conference, June 2020

HONORS AND AWARDS

       
  • Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law
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  • AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbel
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  • 2013 Inductee into the Texas Lawyer Hall of Fame
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  • Texas Super Lawyer, A Thomson Reuters Business, 2011-12 and 2014-2020
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  • Million Dollar Advocate’s Forum
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  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocate’s Forum
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  • Top 100 Verdicts in the United States – 2015
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  • Top Verdicts in Texas (Two Cases) – 2018
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  • Top Attorneys in Texas – 2011-2019
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  • AVVO Rating of “10-Superb”
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  • Texas Monthly Top Attorneys in Texas, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014
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  • Recognized for Excellence in Personal Injury Litigation - Texas Monthly, 2014
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  • Houston's Top Lawyers, 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2012
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  • National Trial Lawyers (Top 100 Trial Lawyers) for 2012, 2013, 2014

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

       
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
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  • Calvert Inns of Court
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  • Texas Trial Lawyers’ Association (VP of Political Affairs, 2020-2021)
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  • Capital Area Trial Lawyers’ Association (President, 2020-2021)
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  • F-Warriors (Region 4 Representative, 2014-2020)
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  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (President of the Advisory Committee, 2017-2020)
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  • American Association of Justice, Member
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  • State Bar of Texas, Member

PAST EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS

       
  • The Kelly Law Firm, Owner
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  • Haskins, Gregan & Kelly, Partner, Trial Lawyer
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  • Cohen & Freely, Associate Trial Lawyer
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  • Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, Associate Trial Lawyer
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  • United States Marine Corps, Major, Judge Advocate, 1987-1998

ANCILLARY BUSINESSES

       
  • Lone Star Karate & Self Defense, Former Owner