About Robert W. Kelley

Robert W. Kelley is an award-winning American trial lawyer, author and co-founder of one of Florida’s premier catastrophic injury and wrongful death law firms. His professional life and passion are focused on high stakes difficult trials where he battles for justice on behalf of people seriously injured by the negligence or misconduct of people and corporations.

Bob rose to national prominence with a string of high profile eight and nine figure jury verdicts for families facing malevolent and uncaring companies concealing their executives’ outrageous misconduct. From his $60 million jury verdict against GM for knowingly allowing a defectively designed product to kill to his precedent setting $300 million tobacco verdict on behalf of one smoker – Bob’s theme of Justice for All shows through as he holds corporations accountable on behalf of individual victims.

Born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Bob is the son of a preacher and prominent civic leader, who instilled in him the “service for the greater good” mentality evident in his law practice, environmental and philanthropic activities.


A noted master at connecting with juries, Bob Kelley is a well-known blogger on the topic. His Jury Selection Blog is followed by lawyers, students, jurists, journalists and other interested readers across the United States. Separately he blogs on legal topics of general interest including medical malpractice, defective product laws and litigation, and other subjects related to personal injury and wrongful death.

Dive Bar

Bob is the founder and current chairman of the DiveBar, a non-profit bar association with attorney and jurist members focused on education and raising awareness of threats to coral reefs and the marine ecosphere through SCUBA diving activities, philanthropy and active learning.


Robert W. Kelley is a frequent expert legal commentator for national news outlets (60 Minutes, Anderson Cooper…), a highly rated speaker (including a recent national Mensa keynote), and author of the #1 bestseller, The Memorandum (Sutton Hart 2019).

Honors and Certifications

Robert W. Kelley’s certifications and honors earned include (among many others):

  • Board Certified Trial Lawyer
    Florida Bar Association
  • National Trial Lawyers
    Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Florida Justice Association
    EAGLE Legend Award
  • Martindale AV Rating
  • Lawyers USA Weekly
    Lawyers of the Year
  • Florida SuperLawyer


  • Vanderbilt University
  • Nova Southeastern University College of Law