Philip H. Kelly

Philip H. Kelly

Santa Rosa Civil Litigation Lawyers

Firm Overview

Your Partners In Our Community
Sound advice, straight answers, and the courage to prove it in court. That's why you come to a lawyer.
It's not about the suit he wears, the diplomas on the office walls, or the number of names on the firm's letterhead. It's about finding affordable solutions to difficult situations. It's about talking with someone who cares more about protecting you than impressing you. It's about common sense and street smarts, the integrity to tell you what you don't want to hear and the wit and will to win when no one else thought it possible.

At the Law Offices of Philip H. Kelly, we believe a client deserves nothing less.

Resolving Civil Disputes Efficiently And Cost-Effectively
Our law firm represents clients in a wide range of civil and commercial litigation. We protect the rights and interests of California business owners in contract disputes, shareholder disputes, construction defect disputes and other types of business disputes. Our lawyers represent individuals and businesses in insurance coverage disputes. We represent Sonoma County and Napa County wineries and vineyards. The Law Offices of Philip H. Kelly is also prepared to handle litigation involving environmental liability, personal injury, professional negligence and other matters. In all of our practice areas, we focus on achieving our clients' goals in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Litigation, Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods
At the Law Offices of Philip H. Kelly, we believe in using the right tool for the job at hand. We also believe that our clients' interests are best served by achieving their goals, not by running up their legal bills. That means utilizing alternatives to litigation, including negotiation, mediation and arbitration, when that makes sense given the facts, legal issues and attitude of the opposing party.
Main Office
Main Office
1221 Farmers Lane, Suite 200
Santa Rosa  CA  95405
Phone
  • 707-578-7160
Websites
Personal Injury
Advocates For Sonoma County Businesses and Individuals
When the financial stakes in a civil matter are high and the outcome uncertain, you need results, not the prospect of endless litigation. That's why business owners and individuals in Northern California turn to the Law Offices of Philip H. Kelly. We work to resolve all types of civil disputes, quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively.

The Law Offices of Philip H. Kelly represents businesses and individuals in civil litigation involving:
-Commercial disputes
-Personal injury
-Insurance coverage disputes
-Construction contract and construction defect disputes
-Professional negligence
-Environmental liability
-Governmental entity liability
-Other types of civil litigation

Judicious Analysis, Thorough Case Preparation And Vigorous Advocacy
At our law firm, we understand that litigation can be costly, particularly when it is undertaken hastily and without due consideration of its potential risks and rewards.
When advising a client, our lawyers carefully analyze the salient issues in the case and explore alternatives, including negotiation, mediation and arbitration. Whether we resort to a lawsuit or ADR techniques, we constantly review our strategy during the process. This can enable us to utilize leverage points to strengthen our client's position and enhance the likelihood of achieving our client's goals.

Attorney Philip H. Kelly is a trained mediator and a member of the Arbitration and Mediation Center. With extensive experience using mediation to resolve commercial and insurance disputes, Mr. Kelly can quickly analyze the key issues in a case and guide the parties toward a mutually acceptable resolution. In addition, Philip H. Kelly is a Judge Pro Tem for Superior Court in Sonoma County. In this role, he regularly serves as a discovery referee and arbitrator appointed by the Court.
In recognition of his legal ability and high ethical standards, Philip H. Kelly has received the AV Preeminent* rating administered by Martindale-Hubbell.

Lisa De Forrest

has been in the legal field in Sonoma County for twenty-five years and with Mr. Kelly since he was a principal of Senneff Kelly PC. Prior to moving to Sonoma County, she was with a law firm in Beverly Hills, specializing in real estate transaction, civil litigation and entertainment law. She majored in Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, but found the legal field a better fit. She is currently the firm's manager, but has also been a legal assistant and legal secretary and is a member of the Sonoma County Legal Secretaries Association (SCLSA) and Legal Secretaries Incorporated.

Philip H. Kelly

Philip H. Kelly is a 1969 graduate of the University of San Francisco, and a 1975 graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law. Upon admission to the California State Bar in 1975, he became associated with the Law Offices of Bell & Turer, in Santa Rosa, where his primary focus was criminal defense. Mr. Kelly opened his law office in 1977 and later became associated with the predecessor of Senneff Kelly PC, where he became a principal in 1979. Mr. Kelly is an elected associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of California, the Sonoma County Bar Association, the Association of Defense Counsel and the Association for Conflict Resolution. He is the past President of the Redwood Empire Trial Lawyers Association, past President of the Sonoma County Legal Aid Foundation and the Schools Plus Educational Enrichment Foundation. Mr. Kelly is also past elected member and two-term President of the Bennett Valley Board of Trustees for the Bennett Valley Union School District.

Mr. Kelly has taken over seventy cases to trial, half before juries. The skill gained from this involvement and exposure enables him to provide insightful and expert advice throughout the litigation process.

Mr. Kelly is a Judge Pro Tem for Superior Court in Sonoma County and regularly serves as a discovery referee and arbitrator by appointment of the Court. He is a professionally trained mediator for the Ninth District Federal Court in San Francisco and a member of the Arbitration and Mediation Center in Santa Rosa, which provides services to litigants in Northern California.

Areas of Practice
-Mediation & Collaborative Law
-Business Organizations
-Litigation & Appeals
-Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
-Real Estate Law

Bar Admissions
-California, 1975

Education
-University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California - 1975
-University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California - 1969

Professional Associations and Memberships
-Board of Trial Advocates, Elected Associate
-American Bar Association, Member
-State Bar of California, Member
-Sonoma County Bar Association, Member
-Association of Defense Counsel, Member
-Association for Conflict Resolution, Member
-President of the Sonoma County Legal Aid Foundation , Past President
-Schools Plus Educational Enrichment Foundation, Past President
-Bennett Valley Board of Trustees for the Bennett Valley Union School District, Past Elected Member and Two-Term President
-Arbitration and Mediation Center in Santa Rosa, Member

Jacqueline M. Moreira

Jacqueline M. Moreira graduated with honors in Law and Society from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1983 and obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Santa Clara in 1987, where she graduated in the top third of her class and made the Dean's list. Ms. Moreira was admitted to the California State Bar in 1987 and began her practice with Langley, Lamberto & Deckard in Palo Alto, California. In 1995, she moved to Sonoma County and joined the firm of Merrill, Arnone and Jones as an associate. In 1999, she started her own practice, Law Offices of Jacqueline M. Moreira, and worked as an independent contractor for over six years before associating with Mr. Kelly, in 2007.

Ms. Moreira is a member of the Sebastopol Rotary Club where she has been very active serving on many committees and chairing major events. She is also past president of the Gravenstein Schools Foundation in West County and served on the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce Education Steering Committee and the Santa Rosa School Board Standards Steering Committee. Ms. Moreira's practice includes civil litigation in the areas of personal injury, construction, real estate, real property and employment.

Areas of Practice
-Civil Litigation
-Personal Injury
-Construction
-Real Estate
-Real Property
-Employment

Litigation Percentage
-80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions
-California, 1987
-U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1987
-U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1987
-U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1987
-U.S. Federal Court, 1987

Education
-Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
--Honors: Dean's List
--Honors: Top 3rd of Class

Professional Associations and Memberships
-Sebastopol Rotary Club
-Gravenstein Schools Foundation , President
-Gravenstein Schools Foundation
-Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce Education Steering Committee

Monica Schupbach

Monica Schupbach has been in the legal profession in Sonoma County for twenty-three years, primarily focused on civil litigation. She was raised in Sonoma County and attended Santa Rosa Junior College. She is the past-president of Sonoma County Legal Secretaries Association (SCLSA), a member of Legal Secretaries Incorporated, the Sonoma County Bar Association, the Paralegal Studies Advisory Panel and the Business Office Technology Advisory Panel at Santa Rosa Junior College, and the Sonoma County Bar Association Archive Committee.

Melynne Laufer

Melynne Laufer has been in the legal profession for thirty-two years. At San Jose State University she majored in Business Education. She obtained her Paralegal Certificate in 1991. Currently she specializes in civil litigation and insurance defense, but has extensive experience in real estate, business, municipal law and probate. She is an active member of the Redwood Empire Association of Paralegals (REAP) and Sonoma County Legal Secretaries Association (SCLSA).
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