Julia Kelly McNelis

Julia Kelly McNelis: Attorney with Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook AV stamp icon
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Julia McNelis is a principal who focuses her practice on medical malpractice defense. In over 25 years her practice has included birth trauma and all types of personal injury defense. Ms. McNelis brings to her practice several years of experience working as a registered nurse and extra-corpeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) technician, which provides her with a unique understanding of her clients’ medical issues.

As part of her distinguished legal practice, Ms. McNelis has presented educational programs to nurses and physicians covering numerous issues related to birth trauma, care of patients and charting. She has also served as a guest lecturer to nurse practitioner students at Wayne State University on liability issues.

Ms. McNelis is AV Peer Review Rated by LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell. The AV Peer Review rating is the highest rating allowed. It attests to a lawyer’s legal ability and professional ethics, and reflects the confidential opinions of the Bar and the Judiciary.

Ms. McNelis received her J.D. from Wayne State University Law School, where she was a member of the National Championship Moot Court Team. She also earned a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Michigan.

Ms. McNelis is actively involved in Project H.E.L.P. (Homeless Experiencing Legal Protection Clinics), clinics that provide a basic level of legal advice and counsel at the Saints Peter & Paul Warming Center in Detroit.

Recent Publication/Presentations:

Presentation to Dignity Health on “The Evolution of Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring and Innovative Discovery Tactics,
March, 2014
Presentation to The American Academy of Birth Centers Annual Meeting regarding Shoulder Dystocia,
September, 2014
Presentation to AIG on “The Evolution of Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring”, March 12, 2014
Lecture to AABC-Prolonged Labor and Risk Management Issues, September 27, 2013

Insights & News

April, 2018 - Recent Highlights
Julia McNelis Presents on Future Damages in New York
2011 - Recent Highlights, Wins
Julia McNelis Assists in Obtaining Defense Verdict in Three Week Oregon Trial

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Birth Trauma
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Medical Staff

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(586) 493-4406  Phone
(586) 463-8994  Fax
University Attended:
University of Michigan, B.S.N., 1983
Law School Attended:
Wayne State University, J.D., 1990
Year of First Admission:
2003, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; 1990, Michigan

Professional Memberships:

Defense Research Institute
Michigan Society of Health Care Risk Management

Birth Information:
Detroit, Michigan, March 13, 1961

Peer Reviews

4.6/5.0 (10 reviews)
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Mount Clemens, Michigan

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