Shawn P. Kelly is the Senior Partner of Kelly, Rode & Kelly, LLP, which firm has represented leading insurance companies for over sixty (60) years. He has been a member of the firm since 1977 and has been a partner since 1980. He handles a broad range of civil litigation matters with a particular interest in the defense of medical and hospital malpractice matters as well as general liability matters. He was admitted to the New York State bar in January 1978 and has earned a rating of AV by his peers in Martindale-Hubbell.
He was born in New York City and brought up in Stuyvesant Town and later moved to Long Island. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana and graduated in 1974. He then earned his Juris Doctorate degree from St. John's University School of Law in Queens in 1977 and was admitted to the bar in January, 1978.
He is admitted to practice before all state courts in New York, the Eastern and Southern Districts of the Federal District Court in New York, the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
He is also a member of the New York State Bar Association where he is a member of the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law (TICL) Section as well as the Trial Lawyers Section.
In 1978, he successfully completed the NITA program, an intensive trial advocacy program at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and later was asked to become an instructor of the program. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Hofstra University School of Law and has also lectured at St. John's University School of Law.
In the year 2000, Mr. Kelly, became a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers which is considered the premier organization of trial lawyers in the United States and Canada. The College is dedicated to maintaining and improving the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the profession. Although there are currently approximately 5000 Fellows across the United States and Canada, membership is by invitation only and there never can be more than 1 percent of the total lawyer population in any state or province. Qualified lawyers are called to Fellowship from all branches of trial practice. For three years, Mr. Kelly was appointed and served on the College's Downstate New York committee.
In 2001-2002 he was elected Chairman of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Nassau-Suffolk County Bar Association. Prior to becoming Chairman, he served many years as an officer and director of that Long Island trial organization. Named by the New York Times to "Super Lawyers" as one of the top attorneys in the New York Metro Area, 2007-2016. He is also a member of the New York State Bar Association where he is a member of the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law (TICL) Section as well as the Trial Lawyers Section.
He has lectured widely on matters of trial practice to the New York State Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute (PLI), the Nassau Academy of Law and the Law Department of the City of New York. He regularly appears before physicians' groups to lecture on litigation issues pertinent to the medical field. On September 19, 2016, he was an invited lecturer at the AAO-HNSF - American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. He is also a contributing author to Medical Malpractice in New York, 4th edition published by the New York State Bar Association 2017.