Sandra M. Kelly


Sandra Kelly was  appointed as Managing Partner in 2013 and is now Managing Member as of January 1, 2016. Her practice consists of litigation, both for plaintiffs and defendants. She has successfully represented clients in jury and non-jury trials in Ohio, California, and in federal and state courts throughout the Great Lakes region. She also counsels clients on probate and estate matters and has handled estates of a magnitude which require estate tax considerations.

In addition to handling maritime cases related to the Jones Act, LHWCA and other shipping-related matters, she is a FINRA arbitrator, hearing cases related to breaches of securities law. She has acted as a legal commentator for the local Fox8 News affiliate and has spoken on maritime and collection issues. She has been recognized as a Proctor in Admiralty by the Maritime Law Association of the United States and has received the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell. She has been listed in Best Lawyers® since 2013.

Sandy is a published author for various Thomson West trial manuals, serves on the boards of several non-profit institutions and has been a longtime member of a judicial rating coalition whose mission is to elect qualified individuals to the Ohio judiciary. In Legus, an international network of law firms, she serves on the marketing committee and is a past Advisory Committee Chair. In 2016 Sandy was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, which has over 6,000 members.


  • The Pepperdine University School of Law – Malibu, California
    • Juris Doctor – cum laude
  • The Ohio State University – Columbus, Ohio
    • B.S./M.S. in Agriculture Education and Business, with honors