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Brenden Patrick Kelley

Brenden Patrick Kelley

Cleveland's Small Business Lawyer
  • Business Law, Legal Malpractice, Estate Planning ...
  • District of Columbia, Ohio, Pennsylvania
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Biography

Brenden Kelley, a seasoned litigator and dedicated attorney, is committed to delivering the highest caliber of legal representation to his clients, marked by honesty and affordability. Behind his boyish grin lies a remarkable journey that has shaped him into the lawyer he is today.

Brenden’s legal lineage runs deep. Born into a family of legal professionals, he was groomed from a young age to follow in his parents’ footsteps. His father, Michael V. Kelley, was a distinguished trial lawyer known for championing the rights of Ohio Steelworkers. His mother, Lynn Arko Kelley, served as a former Cleveland Heights Municipal Court Judge and Guardian ad Litem. This upbringing instilled in him a sense of justice and the importance of protecting those who cannot protect themselves.

However, at the young age of 16, Brenden learned a harsh lesson about the legal system. He witnessed his family’s nearly catastrophic ordeal, caused by the exploitation of an uncaring legal system and lawyers who were more interested in personal gain than justice.

After practicing at a boutique litigation firm, Brenden founded his own practice in 2022, dedicated to assisting small business owners and victims of legal malpractice. His vision was to provide tailored solutions for the unique needs and challenges faced by entrepreneurs and their businesses. His commitment to offering honest, affordable, and collaborative legal services has been unwavering.

Since its founding, Brenden’s practice has seen remarkable growth, transitioning from a modest beginning in his apartment and a P.O. box to his newest location in downtown Cleveland, Ohio and satellite offices in Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio, and Pittsburgh, PA.

Carrying on the legacies of his late father and mother, Brenden remains steadfast in his commitment to his clients. His mission is clear: to be the kind of advocate who stands beside his clients, takes on their struggles, and fights tirelessly until justice is served.

Education
Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
J.D. (2015)
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Washington & Jefferson College
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Professional Experience
Managing Attorney
Brenden Kelley Law
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Attorney-at-Law
Litigation Firm
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Ethics Encore - Can I use a Third-Party to Fund my Litigation Expenses?
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal
Ethics Encore - Malpractice Insurance; What is it Good for?
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal
Ethics Encore - A Simple, Yet Difficult Question: Who is Your Client?
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal
Ethics Encore - Full Service Firm Creates Full Service Ethical Issues
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal
Speaking Engagements
Artificial Intelligent in Law & The Lawyer Entrepreneur, W. Edward Sell '45 Legal Lecture, Washington, PA
Washington & Jefferson College
Awards
Super Lawyers - Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers - Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers - Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Litigation Lawyer of the Year
Lawyer Monthly
America's Top Trial Lawyers
Who's Who in America
20 in Their Twenties
Crain's Cleveland Business
Excellence in Complex Litigation
Premier Lawyers of America
Excellence in Complex Litigation
Premier Lawyers of America
Top 40 Under 40 in Business Law
Association of America's Top Lawyers
Professional Associations
Geauga County Bar Association
Member
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Activities: Grievance Committee
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Lake County Bar Association
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Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
Member
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American Bar Association
Member
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Ohio State Bar Association
Member
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Activities: Ethics Committee Access to Justice Committee
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Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
Member
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Activities: Ethics & Professionalism Committee Mental Health & Wellness Committee
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American Association for Justice
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Ohio Association for Justice
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar
ID Number: 90014672
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Ohio
Supreme Court of Ohio Office of Attorney Services
ID Number: 96068
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Pennsylvania
Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
ID Number: 332714
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U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Practice Areas
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Legal Malpractice
Estate Planning
Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Tax Law
Estate Tax Planning, Property Taxes
Medical Malpractice
Birth Injury, Medical Misdiagnosis, Pharmacy Errors, Surgical Errors
Health Care Law
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Was my mother's POD on her bank accounts and TOD on her house. She had no will. My brothers want money from these acc
A: Any accounts with a Payable-on-Death (POD) designation and properties with a Transfer-on-Death (TOD) designation are not subject to probate and will pass directly to the individuals named as designees. Consequently, your siblings would not have any claim to those assets. However, any assets that do not have a POD or TOD designation must be divided among the six siblings, as your mother passed away intestate. I am sorry for your loss. I understand this is a challenging time, further complicated by legal issues. Good luck navigating this situation.

I would suggest speaking to an attorney directly about your situation, as every case is different. Please note that this communication does not constitute legal advice and does not establish an attorney-client relationship. ... Read More
Q. I am purchasing a property under my LLC the property also have a bar that is being sold with it should I create a LLC
A: While there may be specific circumstances that influence the decision to form separate LLCs, my general recommendation is to do so. Establishing separate LLCs can raise your expenses and increase the time you invest, but it offers significant protection for both your personal assets and your property from liability. I advise consulting with a lawyer to determine the most effective structure for your situation. Notably, Ohio has recently permitted the use of Series LLCs, which might be suitable in your case. Best of luck on your new venture.
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Websites & Blogs
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Brenden Kelley Law
Contact & Map
Brenden Kelley Law
815 Superior Ave
Suite 1815
Cleveland, OH 44114
Telephone: (216) 644-3359
Monday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 3 PM
Sunday: Closed (Today)
Notice: By appointment only. Our phone lines are open 24/7.
Brenden Kelley Law
21 E State Street
Suite 200
Columbus, OH 43215
Telephone: (216) 644-3359
Monday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 3 PM
Sunday: Closed (Today)
Notice: By appointment only. Our phone lines are open 24/7.
Brenden Kelley Law
201 E. Fifth Street
Suite 1900-1325
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Telephone: (216) 644-3359
Monday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 3 PM
Sunday: Closed (Today)
Notice: By appointment only. Our phone lines are open 24/7.
Brenden Kelley Law
322 North Shore Drive
Building 1B, Suite 200
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Telephone: (216) 644-3359
Monday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 3 PM
Sunday: Closed (Today)
Notice: By appointment only. Our phone lines are open 24/7.