John M. Kelly

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Attorney Profile

John Kelly is a partner at Adler Murphy & McQuillen LLP and concentrates his practice in aviation litigation, products liability, general transportation litigation, and commercial litigation. He has represented individuals and companies in all areas of the aerospace community, including manufacturers, airlines, maintenance facilities and pilots. John has appeared in various state and federal jurisdictions throughout the country and has worked on matters involving foreign courts and tribunals. He has tried both jury and bench trials to verdict, obtained early dismissals and summary judgment in numerous venues and has obtained successful results in a variety of alternative dispute resolution forums. John has also represented railroads in various FELA claims, personal injury claims, trespasser claims, and major railroad crossing accident litigation.

John has written and presented speeches in the aviation law community on topics such as the use of demonstrative evidence in an aviation trial, the anatomy of an aviation case through trial, evidentiary issues in the aviation case, the FAA delegation system and recent developments in the area of aviation law. He received, with partner Mike McQuillen, the Outstanding Product Liability Defense Verdict Award by the Cook County IL Jury Verdict Reporter (Nov 2017)

John is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Chicago Bar Assosciation.

John grew up and live in the western suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.


  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1994
  • Arizona State University, B.S., 1990

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin