Michael F. Kelly is a partner with the Hollingsworth Kelly Law Firm, which he joined in April of 2009. His practice is entirely devoted to personal injury work, including medical malpractice and wrongful death cases, with an emphasis on litigation.
Since becoming a member of the Arizona State Bar in 2004, he has tried more than 80 jury trials, and has been a frequent lecturer and guest speaker throughout the state of Arizona on a variety of topics related to trial techniques, strategies and methods.
Before becoming a personal injury attorney, Mr. Kelly was a prosecutor for the Pima County Attorney’s Office for five years, concentrating his efforts on homicide and gang prosecutions. In his career as a prosecutor, Mr. Kelly tried many felony jury cases and earned the 2006 “Top Gun” award given to the Deputy Pima County Trial Attorney of the Year.
Mr. Kelly uses his litigation experience to work for injured plaintiffs. “Representing people who are injured as a result of another’s negligence is similar to the work I did as a prosecutor,” says Mr. Kelly. “Even though I represented the People as a deputy county attorney, my goal was to achieve justice for victims who were affected by a bad event. My work gives me the chance to represent injured plaintiffs, to achieve justice for them, for the injuries they innocently have to bear, and for the pain and suffering they have to live with, often for the rest of their lives.”
A native of Tucson, Mr. Kelly began studying theatre arts at the University of Arizona before switching to the Business College. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Finance in 2001. He was awarded a Juris Doctor, also from the University of Arizona, in 2004. He is an avid golfer in his spare time.
Professional Presentations / Publications
Your Client: The Key to Full and Fair Compensation, October 2011
Why You Need to Try Personal Injury Cases to a Jury, September 2011
The Conversation: Bold New Trial Strategies, August 2010
The Art of Cross-Examination, April 2010
The Role of the Prosecutor, Tucson Police Department Citizen’s Academy, 2007, 2008, 2009
Closing Arguments: What You Can Say, What You Cannot Say, and What You Need to Say, Arizona Prosecuting Attorney’s Advisory Council (APAAC), 2007, 2008
Courtroom Testimony and Demeanor, Tucson Police Department Officer Training, 2007, 2008
The Pima County Attorney’s Office Gang Unit, University of Arizona College of Law, 2007