Michele C. Kennedy

Michele C. Kennedy: Attorney with Swartz & Kennedy
  • Partner at Swartz & Kennedy (2 Attorneys)
  • 550 Hartnell Street, Monterey, CA 93940-2890
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  • Ms. Kennedy has lived and traveled in Europe, Central and South America, Canada, Australia, East Africa and Israel. She has been a student of ethnobotany for the past ten years. She is fluent in Spanish and has a working knowledge of Italian & German.

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Working in the legal profession has always been part of my family experience. My great great-grandfather was an immigrant from Ireland in the mid-1800s and read law books while cleaning a law office. He became the first of a long line of family attorneys. My father and grandfather were District Attorneys, and my other grandfather practiced business law. My brother is a real estate attorney.

I've been a Plaintiff attorney for injured parties for over 30 years. I consider myself to be a community attorney. My clients are primarily those who have suffered major injuries — most often spinal injuries or other serious injuries requiring surgery — or families who have suffered the death of a family member due to the negligence of others. Whether by jury, arbitration, mediation, or settlement requiring confidentiality, my success is measured by the awards I have earned for my clients. I have never had a defense verdict against me.

I first received my Bachelor of Arts, in Political Science, from the University of California, Berkeley in 1975. Interested in a career as an international lawyer, I earned a Master of Arts in International Policy Studies in 1981 at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, focusing on South America. That same year I earned my JD degree from Hastings College of the Law. While I was a law student at Hastings, I was selected to be a member of the International & Comparative Law Journal, interned at the Court of Appeal for Judge Poche, worked at Public Advocates (an impact litigation law firm), and also worked at Farella, Braun & Martell (a defense insurance firm). It was those experiences during law school that inspired me to become a trial attorney.

I believe every client is entitled to excellent legal representation. My practice is divided into two types of cases — cases that are never filed with the courts and cases that are filed with the courts. The former are cases that are resolved with the insurance companies, often for the policy limit, and never need to be filed with the courts because my clients received fair compensation. The latter are the cases in which my clients do not receive a fair offer from the insurance companies and the only way I can obtain a fair recovery for them is to file a lawsuit and proceed to trial. Often insurance companies make a fair offer when faced with a jury trial and the evidence we proved after filing the lawsuit.

I have successfully represented clients injured in auto, big rig trucking and trailer, city bus, tourist bus, school van, agricultural vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian accidents. I have also successfully represented children, teenagers and adults in dog bite and wild animal cases as well as slip, trip, and fall cases, on private and commercial property, in city parks, at hotels, in shopping centers, in parking lots, and even at the beach.

My clients usually are referrals from former clients, other attorneys, former jurors, doctors and other medical providers, and even defense counsel and insurance company employees. Because I have practiced for such a long time, I have represented some clients multiple times. In one instance, I represented four different family members in four different types of accidents which occurred over 25 years - the grandfather, the parents, a daughter, and a son in law. All were injured by someone else's negligence — in car accidents, in a fall at a commercial site, and a pedestrian hit by a car.
Note Editor, Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, 1980-1981. Extern, Justice Poche, California Court of Appeal, 1980-1981. Instructor on Remedies, Monterey College of Law, 1986-1987.

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Civil Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
831-920-4797  Phone
831-373-3235  Phone
831-373-8211  Fax
University Attended:
University of California at Berkeley, B.A., 1975; Monterey Institute of International Studies, M.A., 1981
Law School Attended:
Hastings College of the Law, University of California, J.D., 1981
Year of First Admission:
1982, California
Monterey County and Los Angeles County Bar Associations; State Bar of California; Monterey County Trial Lawyers Association.
Spanish and German and Italian
Birth Information:
Iowa City, Iowa, April 9, 1951
Hobbies & interests:
In my spare time, I have traveled all over the world studying Ethnobotany — medicinal plants and the cultures and conditions for which they are used. I have been fortunate to study with some of the most famous and learned teachers, doctors, shamans, botanists, pharmacists, and indigenous healers. When not traveling, I enjoy living on the Peninsula with my husband and dogs.
Payment Information:
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

Peer Reviews

4.3/5.0 (5 reviews)
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Sole Practitioner on 12/10/15 in Personal Injury

    Strong, capable litigator

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Principal on 09/07/15 in Personal Injury

    I have known Ms. Kennedy for many years as a colleague and regularly refer cases to her because of her knowledge of and experience in personal injury law. The clients I have referred to Ms. Kennedy have all been happy with her representation.

    I have known Ms. Kennedy for many years as a colleague and regularly refer cases to her because of her knowledge of and experience in personal injury law. The clients I have referred to Ms. Kennedy have all been happy with her representation. Read less

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