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High Honor Bestowed upon NITA Board Member Mike Kelly

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Kelly_MikeNITA is proud to learn the good news that a high honor has been bestowed upon our board member and longtime program director, Michael Kelly, of Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger in San Francisco. He has just been inducted into the Inner Circle of Advocates.

This is among the highest honors a plaintiff’s trial lawyer can receive, and Mike Kelly no doubt fits the requirements for that honor. As stated by Ben Rubinowitz, another member of NITA’s board and fellow Inner Circle of Advocates member, “Mike is without question one of the top 100 plaintiff’s trial lawyers in the country.” Mr. Kelly is in his fourth decade of representing those injured by the wrongdoing of others. His practice includes personal injury cases arising from defective medical devices, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, medical negligence, product liability, government liability, and mass tort claims.

NITA proudly teaches trial lawyers of all stripes, and its faculty brings to our programs a cross-section of all communities of excellent trial lawyers – plaintiff’s, defense, civil, criminal, government, public interest, and law school faculty. We want the best, working together!

The Inner Circle of Advocates’ mission is to promote the highest standards of courtroom competence and the mutual fellowship and exchange of knowledge among outstanding trial lawyers. Membership is limited to 100 attorneys of exceptional qualifications who are respected among their peers and who are experienced and skillful in the handling of courtroom litigation.

Mr. Kelly is the 2011 recipient of NITA’s prestigious Robert Oliphant Award, recognizing his pro bono contributions to advocacy teaching. He also served for ten years as our director of teacher training programs.

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