Attorney Profile:

Mr. Thomas Philip Kelly, III

Mr. Thomas Philip Kelly, III: Attorney with Thomas P. Kelly, Jr., Inc.

Biography

The current hard financial times are no mystery to anyone. Foreclosure abuses, predatory lending, bank fees, loan modification scams, and all kinds of banking fraud have exploded. And there are also the life-changing events of huge medical bills, divorce, business failure, and job loss. All of us want to honor our commitments, but remember that the banks and credit card companies have no such moral character. They will use every opportunity to overcharge you with overdraft fees, account fees, bank fees, and anything else they can dream up to take your money. The seek to take advantage of our good faith, and the financial industry mocks us by calling us "debt hampsters." They want to put you on hampster wheel of debt where no matter how much you pay, you will still owe.


Bankruptcy is nothing to be ashamed of - it was created as part of the US Constitution at the founding of the country, and is contained in Article 1, Section 8. Bankruptcy is also perhaps the most powerful legal remedy an individual can use. It automatically stops collections lawsuits, foreclosures, wage garnishments, repossessions, and bank levies. And the discharge of debt gives you the opportunity for a fresh start. For that reason, we use bankruptcy strategically rather than as a last resort, taking the time to work with each of our clients on an individual basis so that they get the maximum benefit from this fundamental right.


Our office has worked with clients from a wide range of backgrounds throughout Northern California, and we handle a wide range of legal matters. The Kelly family has built a reputation over more than 40 years built on a genuine concern for our clients. You won't find any ads for us in the phone book or our names on any billboards. We don't need it. The clients we have helped send thier friends and family to us every day.


If you are facing stress and anxiety, and the bill collectors are hounding you, there is no reason to put up with this. Initial consults are always free, and we can sit down and go through your options. Feel free to contact me at [email protected] or 707-545-8700. Solid solutions could be just a phone call away.

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Bankruptcy
  • Commercial Law
  • Litigation
  • Bankruptcy & Civil Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
707-545-8700  Phone
707-542-3371  Fax
www.redwoodbankruptcy.com
Mailing Address:
US Bank Building, 50 Old Courthouse Square, Suite 609, P.O. Box 4389, Santa Rosa, California 95402
University Attended:
University of California at Los Angeles, B.A., History, 1995
Law School Attended:
Seattle University School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 2001
Admission:
2004, State of California, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit; 2005, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, U.S. District Court Northern District of California, U.S. District Court Central District of California, U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, U.S. District Court Southern District of California; 2006, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Court of International Trade; 2008, State of Oregon; 2010, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Federal Claims; 2011, District of Columbia; 2014, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit; 2016, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
Memberships:
Martindale Hubble - BV Rating
Better Business Bureau Accredited Business - A+ rating
Sonoma County Bar Association
San Francisco Bar Association
American Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum
California Bankruptcy Forum
Central California Bankruptcy Association
Consumer Attorneys of California
American Association for Justice
American Bankruptcy Institute
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
National Association of Chapter Thirteen Trustees
National Consumers League
National Notary Association
Military:
United States Army 1989-1991
Special Agencies:
Notary Public
Languages:
English
Birth Information:
Santa Rosa, California, January 18, 1972
Reported Cases:
Casey vs. US Dept. of Education CAND A.P. No. 14-1059 - $500,000 in student loans discharged.

Wiggins vs. Housley CAND BK A.P. No. 11-1153 - Verdict for client.

Laguens vs. Briggs CAND AP 11-01154 - Verdict for my client plus $25,000 in punitive damages.

ISLN:
918475808

Peer Reviews

  • 4.5/5.0 20 reviews
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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 07/15/16 in Litigation

    I have known Thomas for many years, and have watched him mature into a truly fine lawyer and gentleman. He is very scholarly, tough but reasonable, and a tribute to our p... Read more

    I have known Thomas for many years, and have watched him mature into a truly fine lawyer and gentleman. He is very scholarly, tough but reasonable, and a tribute to our profession.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 07/07/16 in Bankruptcy

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Associate on 06/17/16 in Litigation

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Associate on 06/17/16 in Bankruptcy

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 04/09/15 in Litigation

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Principal on 03/07/15 in Bankruptcy

    Thomas Kelly is an extremely competent bankruptcy attorney who I consult and recommend clients to. Read more

    Thomas Kelly is an extremely competent bankruptcy attorney who I consult and recommend clients to.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 02/27/15 in Bankruptcy

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  • 4.8/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 04/25/15 in Bankruptcy

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  • 4.8/5.0 by a Judge on 04/17/15 in Real Estate

    He has been a fixture of the Sonoma County Bar for years and is one of its highly respected members. Read more

    He has been a fixture of the Sonoma County Bar for years and is one of its highly respected members.

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  • 4.8/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 04/09/15 in Bankruptcy

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  • 5.0/5.0 11 reviews
  • 100% client recommended 11 recommendations
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  • 5.0/5.0 on 04/21/17

    I hired Mr. Kelly to deal with my financial mess and loan mod nightmare. Run-around by the bank, endless demands for documents, and they kept wanting new paystubs because... Read more

    I hired Mr. Kelly to deal with my financial mess and loan mod nightmare. Run-around by the bank, endless demands for documents, and they kept wanting new paystubs because of their delays. Mr. Kelly wrote them a letter telling them he was going to sue them for what they did, and that was all it took. All of sudden they “discovered” a “processing error” and got my loan mod papers! Still have to do bankruptcy, but he saved out house. Thank you!!!

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  • 5.0/5.0 on 04/13/17

    I was facing a serious financial situation, and I met with Mr. Kelly because I thought I would have to file for bankruptcy. I really did not want to, but he was able to p... Read more

    I was facing a serious financial situation, and I met with Mr. Kelly because I thought I would have to file for bankruptcy. I really did not want to, but he was able to provide me with several different options, and I hired him to form a plan to handle my situation that avoided a bankruptcy. The plan worked, and I cannot thank him enough for the work he put into helping me.

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  • 5.0/5.0 on 04/07/17

    Tom helped us save our house. We were about to get a loan mod after months of being run around by the bank, and they pulled it at the last minute. We had a foreclosure th... Read more

    Tom helped us save our house. We were about to get a loan mod after months of being run around by the bank, and they pulled it at the last minute. We had a foreclosure three days away Tom was able to see us that day after six, get an emergency bankruptcy put together and filed which stopped it. We called two other attorneys and they would not take our case because they would not meet with us that late even though we told them what happened. We'd be on the street if it was not for Tom.

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  • 5.0/5.0 on 04/03/17

    I was laid off several years ago, and found work again, but I had to live on credit cards and once I was working again, there was just no way I could repay them. Was gett... Read more

    I was laid off several years ago, and found work again, but I had to live on credit cards and once I was working again, there was just no way I could repay them. Was getting letters and didn’t even want to open the mail. Went in to see Tom to see what could be done and he spent two hours with me explaining my options. Ended up filing a bankruptcy case, which I didn’t want to do, but it was nowhere near as hard as I thought it would be. He will actually listen to you.

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  • 5.0/5.0 on 03/31/17

    I lost my job, and was out of work for several months, and we fell behind on the mortgage. When I started working again, we kept trying to get a loan mod but the bank jus... Read more

    I lost my job, and was out of work for several months, and we fell behind on the mortgage. When I started working again, we kept trying to get a loan mod but the bank just kept demanding more documents and it went nowhere. We were going to lose our house and Tom turned it around. We didn’t want to file bankruptcy but he got us into a plan in Chapter 13 that worked for us and it stopped everything. I just don’t know what I would have told my kids if we hadn’t gotten this done. Thank you Tom!

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  • 5.0/5.0 on 03/16/17

    My wife lost her job a while back,and the bills started to pile up. We just could not make it on one paycheck and we had to borrow money from family to pay bills. I went... Read more

    My wife lost her job a while back,and the bills started to pile up. We just could not make it on one paycheck and we had to borrow money from family to pay bills. I went in to see Tom (and yes, he wants you to call him Tom, not Mr. Kelly) and he listened to my situation and explained my options very clearly. But the best was that I left feeling a lot better than I felt going in to see a bankruptcy attorney.

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  • 5.0/5.0 on 03/12/17

    Tom helped me handle a really difficult time in my life. I did not want to file for bankruptcy and just gave up on it. When I called he answered the phone even though it... Read more

    Tom helped me handle a really difficult time in my life. I did not want to file for bankruptcy and just gave up on it. When I called he answered the phone even though it was after 7 and he answered all of my questions. I filed the case with him and it went really good. No problems, no fuss. Just had one hearing that took less than ten minutes and it was done. If you want a lawyer that will actually talk to you instead of some assistant, Tom is the best.

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  • 5.0/5.0 on 03/12/17

    I hired Mr. Kelly for help with my medical bills and just overwhelming debt. I tried several other bankruptcy attorneys before calling him, and the biggest difference was... Read more

    I hired Mr. Kelly for help with my medical bills and just overwhelming debt. I tried several other bankruptcy attorneys before calling him, and the biggest difference was that he took the time to listen to me, and answered all of my questions. We filed the case several months ago and it was nowhere near the nightmare I thought it would be. Highly recommend.

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  • 5.0/5.0 on 06/19/16

    Down to earth, easy to relate to. Knowledgeable and helpful, a good advisor. Accessible and responsive to questions and procedure. A perfect personality for this business... Read more

    Down to earth, easy to relate to. Knowledgeable and helpful, a good advisor. Accessible and responsive to questions and procedure. A perfect personality for this business.

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  • 5.0/5.0 on 06/09/15

    After researching and interviewing several bankruptcy attorneys, I chose Thomas Kelly III because he humanized the experience for me. He sympathized with me which is so... Read more

    After researching and interviewing several bankruptcy attorneys, I chose Thomas Kelly III because he humanized the experience for me. He sympathized with me which is so important when going through a bankruptcy. It's an emotional experience and it's hard to find an attorney that actually cared about my individual situation. Also, he was very quick to respond when I had questions. All in all, he went above and beyond and I highly recommend him. He truly cares about you and his work for you.

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  • Santa Rosa, CA
    US Bank Building , 50 Old Courthouse Square, Suite 609 , P.O. Box 4389
    Santa Rosa, CA 95402

    707-545-8700 Phone

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