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   3Timothy W. KellyBloomington(309) 820-0600tw.kelly@frontier.comtw.kelly@frontier.comKelly & Castagna LLCwww.kellyandcastagna.comwww.kellyandcastagna.comkellytimw.jpgPersonal Injury Law: GeneralADR Law: Personal InjuryMedical MalpracticeAutomobile AccidentsProduct LiabilityWrongful DeathWorkers' Compensation
Timothy W.
Kelly & Castagna LLC
121 N Main St Fl 3
Bloomington IL 61701-7620
Ph.(309) 820-0600 Fx.(309) 820-0255
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Personal Injury Law: General    Medical Malpractice
ADR Law: Personal Injury    Automobile Accidents
    Product Liability
    Wrongful Death
    Workers' Compensation
Advisory Board Member
County:  McLean
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Kelly is a 1978 graduate from University of Dayton School of Law. He was voted by his peers as one of the top three attorneys in McLean County in 1997. He is a Martindale-Hubbell® AV rated attorney who devotes 100 percent of his practice to litigation. He has obtained record verdicts in two downstate counties. Mr. Kelly has extensive experience in his practice in the areas of personal injury and malpractice. He has been listed in Law & Leading Attorneys for Illinois since 1996. He has published articles and books regarding trial practice. He is on the board of directors of the Illinois Insitute of Continuing Legal Education and has served on the board of managers of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association since 1992. Many of his firm's cases come by referrals from other attorneys and from clients. In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Kelly is a certified mediator and has successfully mediated the resolution of over 100 injury cases.

Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1978
7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1993
U.S. District Court
  Central District of Illinois, 1979
  Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1990
  Northern District of Illinois, 1979
  Southern District of Illinois, 1979
U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1998
U.S. Supreme Court, 1998

Retainer:  Varies upon case

Year of Birth:  1953

Law School:  University of Dayton School of Law, J.D., 1978

Undergraduate School:  University of Dayton, B.S., 1975

Employment History:  
Kelly & Castegna, LLC 1989-present
Jerome Mirza & Associates, associate, 1983-1989
McLean County, assistant public defender, 1981-1983
Prairie State Legal Services, staff attorney, 1978-1981

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Illinois State Bar Association
  Elected assembly member, 1995-2000
  Civil Practice & Procedure Section Council
    Chair, 1998-1999
  Tort Law Section Council, 1995 to 1997, 2000-present
    Chair, 2008-2009
  Allerton House Steering Committee, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000-02
  Special Committee on Judicial Discipline, 1997-1998
  Task Force on the Allocation of Judges in Illinois, 1998-2000
  Special Committee on ISBA Facilities, 2000
  Special Committee on Collaborative Law, 2013
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  Board of managers 1992-present
  Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1995-1996
  Executive Committee, 1996, 1997
  Chairman, Insurance Law Committee, 1996-1998
  Chairman, Product Liability and Insurance Law Committee, 1998-2000
  Seminar Planning chairman, 2002.
American Trial Lawyers Association
McLean County Bar Association
  Secretary, 1983-1984
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois Bar Foundation
  Second Vice President, 2016-2017
Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  Board of directors, 2000-present
Illinois Supreme Court Access to Justics Commission
  Commissioner, 2012-present

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
  • "Top Three Attorneys in McLean County," Business to Business Magazine, 1997
  • Law & Leading Attorneys for Illinois, 1996-present
  • Illinois Super Lawyer, 2006-2016
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law, 2000-present
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV rating (highest available), 1993-present
  • IICLE Volunteer of the Year — Publications Department, 2008
  • "Top 100 Trial Lawyers," National Trial Lawyers Association, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Leading Lawyer in Personal Injury Law: General and ADR Law: Personal Injury

Published Legal Writing:  
Books & Chapters:
Illinois Civil Pre-Trial Practice, James Publishing Company, (co-author of a two-volume manual on civil practice before trial, published November 2002)

Illinois Causes of Action, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2002

Laying Foundations for Introducing Evidence, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1991, revised 1996 and 2000

"Proving and Disproving Damages in Personal Injury Cases: Damages in a Wrongful Death Case," Plaintiff's Perspective, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1993

"Review of Recent Cases," Trial Briefs, Illinois State Bar Association, Vol. 34 No. 10, May 1989

"Review of Recent Cases," Tort Trends, Illinois State Bar Association, Vol. 31 No. 1 October 1995

"The Illinois Supreme Court Reaffirms the Common Fund Doctrine," Trial Briefs,, Illinois State Bar Association, Vol. 42 No. 4, November 1996

"IPI No. 5.01 and Expert Witnesses," Tort Trends, Illinois State Bar Association, Vol. 32 No. 4, February, 1997

"Real Estate Closings," Business to Business Magazine, September, 1998

"The Demise of the Special Duty Exception to Local Governmental Tort Immunity," Trial Briefs, ISBA Vol. 44 No. 5, June 1999

"Mandatory Arbitration: A Review of the Recent Cases," Illinois Bar Journal, March 2000

Legal Lectures:  
"Illinois Civil Litigation, Trial Technique, Practice and Procedure, Direct Examination," Springfield, Illinois, 1989

"Proof of Damages in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigatin, How to Present Damage Evidence Where There is Little or Not Residual Disability," IICLE, 1989

"Negotiating and Settling Personal Injury Cases, Initial Considerations," IICLE, Chicago, Illinois 1990

"Hot Tips on Handling & Avoiding Common Settlement and Trial Problems, The Mechanics of Preparing Exhibits," ISBA Law Ed. Series, Bloomington, Illinois, 1991

"How to Present and Defend a Personal Case, Proving Future Loss of Income," ISBA Law Ed. Series, Bloomington, Illinois, 1991

"Products Liability: In-Depth Study of Litigation Involving Products," ISBA Law Ed. Series, 1992;

"How to Limit Hospital Liability, a Plaintiff's Perspective," Illinois Society of Healthcare and Risk Management Annual Meeting, 1992

"Hot Tips: Proven and Winning Ways in Personal Injury Cases," ISBA Law Ed. Series, 1993;

"Tort Reform Day-to-Day Issues," ISBA Law Ed Series, Bloomington, Illinois, 1994

"How to Present Non Economic Damage Testimony," ITLA Seminar, February, 1995

"Proving and Disproving Damages," IICLE, Collinsville, Illinois, February 23, 1995

"Proving and Disproving Damages," IICLE, Springfield, Illinois, February 24, 1995

"Civil Practice Update," ISBA, St. Louis, Missiouri, May 5, 1995

"Anatomy of Pretrial Preparation," ISBA Law Ed. Series, Bloomington, Illinois, November 20, 1995

"Pretrial Techniques and Strategies," ITLA Seminar, February, 23, 1996

"Trial Techiniques," ISBA, Bloomington, Illinois, November 11, 1996

"Tort, Insurance and Civil Practice Update," ISBA Chicago, Illinois, February 7, 1997

General Practice Update Program, ISBA, "Tort Update," Bloomington, Illinois May 2, 1997

"Civil Practice Update," ISBA, Bloomington, Illinois, May 23, 1997

"Evidence, ITLA Update and Review Seminar," Chicago, Illinois, September 6, 1997

"Laying Foundations for Introducing Evidence," IICLE, Springfield, Illinois, September 26, 1997

"Tax Consequences of Settlement," ISBA Settlement Seminar, Chicago, Illinois, October 3, 1997

"Laying Foundations for Introducing Evidence," IICLE, Chicago, Illinois October 15, 1997

"Litigating Personal Injury Cases," Review of Recent Decisions, ISBA, Collinsville, Illinois, February 28, 1998

Civil Practice Update Seminar, ISBA, Chicago, Illinois, June 3, 1998

"How to Protect Yourself Against Malpractice and Ethical Complaints," ISBA Mutual Insurance Company Seminar, Bloomington, Illinois, September 24, 1998

Civil Practice Update Seminar, ISBA, Collinsville, Illinois, March 26, 1999

Civil Practice Update Seminar ISBA, Peoria, Illinois, May 7, 1999

Evidence Seminar, ITLA, Chicago, May 8, 1999

"Mandatory Arbitration, A Case Law Update," ISBA Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, June 26, 1999

"Personal Injury Law; A Plaintiff's Perspective," Central Illinois Paralegal Association, Bloomington, Illinois, September 10, 1999

"Product Design Defect in Automobile Cases," IICLE, Bloomington, Illinois October 8, 1999

"Municipal Liability," ISBA Tort Law Seminar, Bloomington, Illinois, October 11, 1999

"Civil Update of Recent Case Law in Mandatory Arbitration Cases," ISBA, Chicago, Illinois, October 15, 1999

"Automobile Accident Cases," ITLA, Peoria, Illinois, February 5, 2000

Product Liability Semianr, ITLA, Chicago, Illinois, February 21, 2000

Evidence Seminar, IICLE, Springfield, Illinois, September 19, 2000

Evidence Seminar, IICLE Chicago, Illinois, October 4, 2000

"Damages in Personal Injury Cases," IICLE, Springfield, Illinois, November 30, 2000

Bridge the Gap Program, Springfield and Chicago, Illinois, January 18, 2001

"How to Present Demonstrative Evidence," Champaign, Illinois February 3, 2001

"How to Depose a Medical Expert," Springfield, Illinois, November 15, 2001

"Liens on Case Proceeds," ISBA, May 9, 2002

Medical Malpractice Seminar, ITLA, Chicago, Illinois, December 7, 2002

"Tort Law Update," ISBA, Chicago, Illinois December 14, 2002

Firm Description:  
Kelly & Castegna, LLC is a central Illinois trial firm located in Bloomington, with satellite offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C. We handle personal injury, automobile accidents, medical malpractice, and product liability claims. Many of our cases come to us by referrals from other attorneys and clients. Our success has been built on the quality relationships that we develop and maintain with our clients. All clients are treated with integrity and respect for their needs, goals and objectives. Our firm's focus is on intelligent representation and our pledge to communicate with our clients. We are highly qualified, competent and have developed excellent reputations in the communities that we represent.

Additional Office Locations:  
(by appointment only)

222 North Columbus Drive, Suite 3009
Chicago, Illinois 60601

3901 Cathedral Avenue NW, Suite #411
Washington, D.C. 20016

(Please direct all correspondence to the Bloomington office.)

Parking for persons with disabilities is available right outside our front door, and our office is wheelchair accessible.

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