G. Clinton Kelley, Esq
G. Clinton Kelley is a sole practitioner with over 33 years of trial experience. He began practicing law in 1988 and started his own law firm in 1991. He concentrates his law practice in the area of personal injury law, including motor vehicle accidents, slip/trip/fall cases, nursing home abuse, and neglect cases, workmen's compensation cases, and Social Security Disability cases.
Over the years Attorney Kelley has recognized that getting injured changes everything for people. For one thing, it can cause a lot of stress and anxiety. A lot of questions need to be answered, for example:
Do I have a case?
Can I settle my case on my own, or do I need a lawyer?
I never had to hire a lawyer before, what do I do?
How much does it cost to hire a lawyer?
How much is my case worth?
How long will it take to get my case finished?
Who is going to pay my medical bills?
How can I support myself and my family if I can't work?
Attorney Kelley is an active trial lawyer and certified mediator. Over the years, he has helped a lot of people get answers to the questions listed above, and other questions just like them. As a personal injury trial lawyer, he helps clients in the following ways when their cases are being litigated in the Court system:
He represents accident victims in trials, arbitrations, hearings, and mediations in an effort to get his clients fair compensation for their injuries and damages.
He also represents accident victims in settlement negotiations with insurance adjusters and insurance defense attorneys in order to help his clients to get fair compensation for their injuries and damages while avoiding the risk, uncertainty, and expenses involved with the trial.
Before cases go to trial or reach a negotiated settlement, he conducts discovery, takes depositions, and represents his clients at their depositions to make sure their voice is heard and that their evidence proving their case is demonstrated to the other side's insurance company.
When a suit is being filed and litigation is starting, Attorney Kelley drafts pleadings, briefs, and motions, and argues various types of motions and Preliminary Objections in Court for accident victims on their cases.
Before the suit is filed, Attorney Kelley works to fully develop each client's case in order to maximize its settlement value and, if possible, avoid having to file suit in the first place. Negotiating an out-of-court settlement with an insurance adjuster is often an advantageous way to resolve a client's personal injury case. Mr. Kelley is directly involved in the investigation of each client's case from the moment each case file is opened in the office. This direct involvement helps to assure that all of the relevant evidence is gathered to support his clients' cases, including but not limited to:
accident and incident reports;
lost wage information; and
any subrogation liens.
By concentrating his law practice in certain areas of personal injury law, Mr. Kelley has been able to develop in-office procedures to deliver legal assistance to his clients consistently and efficiently, and when they need him the most, (i.e. when they are injured, unable to work, and unable to support themselves and their families because of their injuries). Given his experiences, Mr. Kelley is frequently asked to teach continuing legal education classes to other attorneys on topics related to the in-office procedures that he has developed to assist car accident and slip/trip/fall victims with their insurance claims and personal injury cases.
Early in his legal career, Attorney Kelley gained valuable trial experience handling criminal defense cases and trying many of those cases to verdict. During that same time, as a U.S. Army JAG Reserve Officer, he also prosecuted Army Reservists at personnel elimination board proceedings for violating the U.S. Army drug policy.
Clint is laser focused on putting his clients first, and delivering legal services with kindness, compassion, and integrity to help get the best possible outcome on the cases that he handles.
Admissions, Honors & Memberships
Admitted to Practice in all Common Pleas and Appellate Courts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania since 1988
Admitted to Practice in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the U.S. Tax Court
Certified mediator, arbitrator, and early neutral evaluator
Elected Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
Named to the National Trial Lawyers Association - Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in Pennsylvania
Member, American Association for Justice, ("AAJ")
Member, AAJ Sole Practitioner & Small Firm Section
Member, AAJ Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway & Premises Liability Section
Member, Pennsylvania Association for Justice ("PAJ")
Member, PAJ Board of Governors
Member, PAJ Legislative Policy Committee
Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
Member, Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association ("WPaTLA")
Elected Member, WPaTLA Board of Governors
Member, Allegheny County Bar Association ("ACBA")
Member, ACBA Sole, and Small Firm Practitioners Section
Member, ACBA Civil Litigation Section
Honorable Discharge, U.S. Army Reserve, JAG Corps
Recipient, U.S. Army Commendation Medal for deactivating Military Law Center and supporting JAG Detachments following Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm
Seminars, Publications, & Community Involvement
One Small Step For Neil Armstrong, One Giant Step For The Plaintiff's Bar, CAPE Education, 2022
Have A Nice Trip, See You Next Fall: Sometimes You Just Have To Go To Trial, CAPE Education, 2022
Lawyering Through The Pandemic & Required COVID Vaccinations, Washington & Jefferson College Homecoming Legal Lecture, 2021
Sometimes You Just Have To Go To Trial - Understanding Why And Preparing For It, CAPE Education, 2019
A Look Back At Hollywood's "The Rainmaker" And "Erin Brockovich" - Lessons For Today's Solo And Small Firm Practitioner, CAPE Education, 2018
Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse, CAPE Education, 2018
A Look Back At Hollywood's "The Rainmaker" And "Erin Brockovich": Lessons For Today's Solo And Small Firm Practitioner, CAPE Education, 2017
Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse - Awareness on Elder Care, CAPE Education, 2016
Lessons For Today's Solo & Small Firm PI Lawyers From Hollywood's "The Verdict", CAPE Education, 2015
A Look Back At "The Verdict" & "A Civil Action" - Lessons for Today's Solo & Small Firm PI Lawyers, CAPE Education, 2015
Awareness On Elder Care - Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse, CAPE Education, 2015
Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse - Awareness on Elder Care, CAPE Education, 2013
Falling Water / Rising Water - Dealing With The Runoff From The Claims, CAPE Education, 2013
Not A Hollywood Script - Real Life Plaintiff's Practices, CAPE Education, 2012
The Snow Has Finally Melted - Dealing With The Runoff From The Claims, CAPE Education, 2010
Issues Of Professional Liability In The Real Estate Industry, CAPE Education, 2010
Navigating Legal Malpractice - Shhh! It Happens, CAPE Education, 2009
The Triple Crown Of Bad Times, CAPE Education, 2009
Bad Times - When It Rains It Pours, CAPE Education, 2009
Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied, CAPE Education, 2008
Health Care Providers Face Jail Time and Civil Liability For Identity Theft, 2008
"The Sky Is Falling" - Chicken Little Speaks Out On Identity Theft, 2008
Take Time Now Or Do Time Later: The Legal Ramifications of Identity Theft, CAPE Education, 2008
Take Time Now or Do Time Later - Impact of Identity Theft on Your Client's Bottom Line, CAPE Education, 2007
Are Your Clients Concerned About the Legal Ramifications of Identity Theft?, CAPE Education, 2006
Shaken, Not Stirred - New Changes To The Pennsylvania DUI Law, CAPE Education, 2006
Banana Appeals - The Anatomy of a Slip and Fall Case, CAPE Education, 2005
Party Time - DUI Defense and Traffic Court Litigation, CAPE Education, 2005
Sole Survivor - Toughing It Out As A Sole Practitioner Against Big Insurance Companies, CAPE Education, 2004
Dealing With Social Security Claims - The Basics and Beyond, CAPE Education, 2003
DUI - Friends Don't Let Friends Plead Guilty, CAPE Education, 2002
Litigation Strategies, New Approaches For A New Millennium, CAPE Education, 2001
Over the years, Clint has been extremely active in the Pittsburgh area. He has frequently taken various leadership roles in Allegheny County political organizations, South Hills area youth development organizations, and Mount Lebanon youth sports leagues.
I will take you through your case one step at a time.
Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1988
Witness, Mock Trial Team
Finalist, Mock Trial Tournament
Dunmore Moot Court Competition
Client Counseling Competition
Washington & Jefferson College, 1985
Bachelor of Arts, English
US Army ROTC Scholarship
Dean's List Scholar
National Honorary Fraternity - Debate Member
Traveling Debate Team
Zeta Beta Tau National Fraternity
Sewickley Academy, 1981
High School Diploma
College preparatory curriculum
Allegheny County Forensics Tournament, First Place
Varsity Golf Team