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Ellen M. Kelly


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Professional Experience

Ms. Kelly has more than 20 years of experience in the defense of civil cases, and has tried approximately 25 jury trials, lasting from two days to three months, including medical and other professional malpractice matters. She also has participated in at least 70 mediations and arbitrations, either as the mediator/arbitrator or representing parties to those proceedings. Her caseload focuses primarily on the defense of medical malpractice and civil rights issues.

She also has worked within judicial reform and anti-corruption measures as a senior rule of law advisor and project evaluator for the U.S. Agency for International Development, and consulted for the World Bank on judicial reform issues.

Reported Cases

Allsup’s Convenience Stores, Inc. v. North River Ins. Co.,
1999-NMSC-006, 127 NM 1

Bracken v. Yates Petroleum Corp., 1988-NMCA-072, 107 NM 463

Carrillo v. Penn National Gaming, Inc., 2016 WL 1162490 (D.C.N.M.)

Cole v. J.A. Drake Well Service, 1987-NMCA-132, 106 NM 484

Cordova v. Wolfel, 1995-NMSC-061, 120 NM 557

Irvine v. St. Joseph Hosp., Inc., 1985-NMSC-041, certiorari, 102 NM 564, from 1984-NMCA-107, 102 NM 572

Jaramillo v. Providence Washington Ins. Co., 1994-NMSC-018, 117 NM 337

Riggs v. City of Albuquerque, 916 F.2d 582 (10th Cir. 1990)

Rubin v. Jenkusky, 601 Fed. Appx. 606 (10th Cir. 2015)

Smith v. Trailways, Inc., 1986-NMCA-001, 103 NM 741

Associations & Memberships

Albuquerque Bar Association (Member, Bench/Bar/Media Committee); State Bar of New Mexico; Defense Research Institute; New Mexico Womens’ Legal History Project, Inc. (Secretary and Member, Board of Directors).


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