He is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. In addition to his admittance to the State Bar of California and Florida State Bar, he is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
As a JAG officer in the USAF, prior to joining Borton Petrini, LLP, Kelley served both as a prosecuting and defense attorney, handling various cases, obtaining favorable verdicts on behalf of his clients. He was a partner with LaFollette, Johnson, DeHaas, Fesler, Silberberg & Ames in San Francisco and gained extensive experience in preparation and trial of civil defense litigation, including automobile, products liability, toxic torts, construction, professional liability (architect, engineer, legal, and medical), construction accidents and premises liability, and the defense of security guards.
Kelley’s legal expertise as a San Francisco lawyer at Borton Petrini, LLP, is primarily focused on insurance law, health care law, premises liability, product liability, and construction law. Within the area of health care, he has represented rehabilitation hospitals and facilities.
As a San Francisco lawyer, he has also handled construction defect cases and disputes between neighbors involving encroachments, adverse possession, trespass, and easements.
As a former mayor and council member of the Town of Ross for eight years, Kelley has gained experience in public entity cases and land use planning. He was elected as President of the Marin County Council of Mayors and Council Members.
Kelley finds that membership in professional organizations keeps him abreast of the constant changes in the legal world. He is a member of the Association of Defense Counsel for Northern California and Nevada, along with the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel.
He has served as an arbitrator, mediator, and Judge Pro-Tem for the San Francisco Superior Court, as a contract advisor for the National Football League Players Association, and currently sits on the governing board of the Kentfield Rehabilitation Hospital. He was the Vice-President of Membership for the Marin Golden Gate Barbershop Chorus and Quartet and on the Board of Directors for MBC&Q groups.
Kelley is married to Mary Robinson Reid, and they have three sons.
“Corporate Successor Liability - When Does the Burden Outweigh the Benefit,” California Defense Magazine, Co-Author, Winter 2004
Business and Professional Associations
Association of Defense Counsel, for Northern California and Nevada, Member
Crawford & Company, Adjuster, Summers 1965 and 1966
Defense Research Institute, Member
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Member
Kentfield Rehabilitation Hospital, Governing Board, 1997-Present
National Football League Players Association, Contract Advisor, 1990-1994
San Francisco Superior Court, Arbitrator and Judge Pro Tem; Mediator
Town of Ross, Former Mayor and Council Member
Marin County Bar Association
Marines' Memorial Association
Marin Builders Association