About Attorney

James W. Kelly has been practicing law in the Highlands County Area since 1975. Jim has lived all of his life in Highlands County area. He attended elementary through high school in Lake Placid, Florida. Jim is married to Anne and they have raised five children over the 32 years of their marriage. Prior to entering law school, Jim taught mathematics in middle school in Avon Park, Florida. He and Anne presently live in Sebring, Florida.

Jim attended the University of Florida for his undergraduate and law degrees. Jim has been Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in Civil Trial Law since 1986 and is a member of the Florida Bar and the Middle and Southern Districts in the United States District Court of Florida. He is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a circuit court mediator and has mediated negligence cases as well as real estate foreclosure cases.

Jim specializes in all phases of negligence law including representing clients injured in automobile crashes, motorcycle crashes and business premises injuries. He has successfully represented numerous clients who were victims of dog bites and clients injured by defective products. Jim also represents clients in commercial cases. Jim has extensive experience in settling or litigating disputes with insurance companies. He has successfully represented clients in their claims against municipalities for claims based on the city’s negligence.

Jim is dedicated to seeking justice for individuals who have been injured as a result of negligence and to vigorously representing them in presenting their claims to insurance companies. Jim has chosen to be a single lawyer firm so that he can maintain a personal relationship with each of his clients. Jim limits the number of clients he represents so that he can diligently represent each of his clients in their pursuit for justice. He represents his clients from the initial conference through the trial and is always available to sit down with his clients to discuss any aspects of their claims.

We are compensated for attorney fees and costs only if you recover damages from the negligent person or company that caused your injury.