Shook, Hardy & Bacon's Frank Kelly has represented clients in courtrooms down the block, throughout California, and around the United States. He provides local, regional and national experience in the courtroom for clients involved in high-stakes litigation. A fourth-generation San Franciscan, Mr Kelly honed his skills in trial courts in and around San Francisco, up and down the Central Valley, in Los Angeles and the Imperial Valley, and along the California coast. In addition to California, he has tried cases in Oklahoma, Alaska, New York, Michigan, Oregon, West Virginia, and Florida.
Mr Kelly has experience with class actions, aggregated individual mass tort cases, complex product liability cases, and catastrophic construction defect cases, among others. To handle these cases effectively and efficiently, he has managed very successful trial teams, often integrating lawyers from other firms into the team. Many of these cases have involved serious claims for punitive damages, an area of the law in which Mr Kelly is a well-regarded expert.
Over the last 15 years, Mr Kelly has primarily handled complex individual and mass tort jury trials on behalf of corporate clients. He has obtained favourable jury verdicts in catastrophic injury and wrongful death product liability cases on behalf of tobacco companies, automobile manufacturers, trucking companies and construction companies. He has tried commercial cases involving allegations of defective construction, improper roadway design, diseased agricultural products, insurance, bad faith, sexual harassment, first party insurance coverage and housing discrimination.
Mr Kelly has been recognised for his trial skills by the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He is also active in the Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC), the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), the Defense Research Institute (DRI), and the American Inns of Court.
Mr Kelly has lectured for the Product Liability Advisory Council, the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California, the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association and Hastings College of the Law on such topics as international discovery, evidence, techniques of cross-examination, expert witnesses, discovery, bad faith and insurance coverage for employment torts. He has conducted seminars including 'Liability for Failure to Warn, a Cautionary Tale for Manufacturers' and 'Direct and Cross-Examinations'.
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