The Honorable Michael C. Kelley

Los Angeles County Superior Court, Department F44


The Hon. Michael C. Kelley is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench in 2018 by former governor Jerry Brown.

He is a registered Democrat.

Judge Kelley received his B.A. from the University of Southern California, where he graduated summa cum laude in 1976. While at USC, Kelley was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He went on to earn his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1979.

After graduating from law school, Kelley became an associate at the law firm Kadison, Pfaelzer, Woodard, Quinn, and Rossi. He was named a partner in 1987. Kelley joined Sidley Austin LLP as a partner that same year, after Kadison et al. dissolved. While at the firm, Kelley would serve as the co-managing partner and managing partner for the Los Angeles office. He also served as a member of the Executive Committee at Sidley Austin for ten years beginning in 2006. His other leadership roles included serving as the head of the firms Los Angeles Litigation Group and the Global Co-Leader of their Accountants Professional Liability Practice. Kelley's area of practice centered on complex civil litigation with an emphasis on financial litigation involving securities and professional liability. Kelley remained with Sidley Austin until his appointment to the Superior Court in 2018.

In 2011, Kelley was appointed to the board of directors of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. His other memberships have included the Los Angeles Bar Association's Institute for Corporate Counsel, the California Club, and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

Kelley was also recognized as The International Who's Who of Commercial Litigators (2012-2016).

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