Donald Kelley


Expertise Areas:

  • Serious Injury & Wrongful Death
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Aviation Accidents
  • General Civil/Tort Litigation
  • Premises Liability

WAMS Mediator Certification: 1989

Accomplishments: Don Kelley retired from his private law practice in Tacoma, Washington in 2005 after a 30 year career representing over 4,000 plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death matters resulting in substantial verdicts and settlements.

Since 1989, Mr. Kelley has mediated over 4,000 personal injury, commercial and miscellaneous tort claims throughout the United States, presiding over annual settlement totals of many millions of dollars and individual settlements of more than $40 million dollars. Cases have included wrongful death, products liability, aviation accident, employment and professional negligence matters. Mr. Kelley is frequently called on to teach CLE seminars and speak at professional meetings and events on topics of mediation or litigation of personal injury cases. He has a personal and professional interest in computer hardware and software technology. He is a former Pierce County Deputy Prosecutor and previously served as a Pro-Tem Pierce County District Court Judge.

Education: USA&M Mediator Training, 1989; USA&M Advanced Mediator Training, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2004; University of Washington, JD, 1972, University of Washington, BA, 1969.

Affiliations: Washington Arbitration and Mediation Service; Washington State Bar Association; Washington State Association for Justice; Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association; Superior Court Liaison Committee (past member); Doctor-Lawyer Liaison Committee (past member); Mandatory Arbitration Rules Committee (past member).

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