Senior Attorney, Adleson, Hess & Kelly, A.P.C.

Mr. Kelly has been a practicing attorney for 32 years, focusing on the fields of bankruptcy and real estate since 1976. A summa cum laude graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law, he is a founding member of, senior attorney in and shareholder of the law firm of Adleson, Hess & Kelly, A.P.C. Since 1982, Mr. Kelly has been a speaker at numerous industry seminars, focusing on the subjects of bankruptcy and foreclosure law and related legislation.

He is the author of numerous articles and books relating to the fields of real estate, bankruptcy and foreclosure. He recently successfully litigated a multi-million dollar case in bankruptcy court entitled In re Cecconi (2007) 2007 Bankr. LEXIS 1323. He has successfully prosecuted or defended numerous appellate cases. He co-authored the successful amicus brief filed on behalf of the California Trustee's Association in the landmark case of I.E. Associates v. Safeco (1985) 39 Cal.3d 281 and authored the successful amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court case of BFP v. Resolution Trust Corporation, 511 U.S. 531 (1994). Other key and landmark appellate cases for which Mr. Kelly has been engaged and won include Ung v. Koehler (2005) 135 Cal. App. 4th 186; Nguyen v. Calhoun (2003); Prudential Home Mortgage v. Superior Court (1998) 66 Cal.App.4th 1236); Abdallah v. United Savings Bank (1996) 43 Cal.App.4th 1101; Apte v. Japra (In re Apte) 96 F.3d 1319 (9th Cir. 1996); Lindsay v. Beneficial Reinsurance Company 59 F.3d 942 (1995) (amicus brief author); City of Cupertino v. Perry; (1988) (unpub); Katz v Peelle Financial (1987) (unpub).

A licensed real estate and mortgage broker since 1979, Mr. Kelly has been an instructor in real estate at San Jose State University and De Anza Community College. Mr. Kelly's practice focuses on representation of real property secured creditors in bankruptcy proceedings, real property secured creditors in civil court proceedings, and parties involved in complex real estate and business transactions. Happily married since 1970 with three grown children, he has coached and played softball since 1988 and enjoys the occasional round of golf. Mr. Kelly can be reached via email at