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Brian M. Kelly
  • Associate Attorney


Newport Beach, CA






Brian M. Kelly is a business litigator with over a half-decade of experience practicing in Orange County. He has represented clients across a swath of industries, including finance, commercial real estate, medical device manufacturers, internet service providers, and staffing agencies. Mr. Kelly excels in complex commercial litigation, having handled cases ranging from the hundreds of thousands of dollars to the tens of millions. His representative trial experience includes defeating a complex indemnification claim and prevailing on a $375,000 fraud counterclaim, winning a motion to recover over $1.2 million in attorneys’ fees, and obtaining a judgment of over $450,000 for a commercial landlord in a court trial.

While in law school at UCLA, Brian Kelly competed in the mock trial program, winning the “Top Attorney” award in 2011. In 2012, he was an extern for the Hon. David O. Carter of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. In 2020, Super Lawyers® selected Mr. Kelly as one of its Rising Stars. Prior to joining Klein & Wilson, Mr. Kelly was an associate at O’Melveny & Myers’ Newport Beach office. When not practicing law, Mr. Kelly enjoys camping with his family and following Angels baseball.

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Areas of Practice

  • Legal Malpractice
  • Business Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2014


  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. – 2013
  • University of California, San Diego
    • B.A. – 2008
    • Major:
    • Major:
      Comparative Politics

Honors and Awards


  • Best Lawyers, Ones to Watch, 2021
  • Super Lawyers®, Rising Star, 2020
  • Rising star

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Orange County Bar Association, Member
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Hon. David O. Carter, Central District of California, Extern
  • O’Melveny & Myers’ Newport Beach Office, Associate