Attorney Michael J. Kielty has handled various types of personal injury matters, from
multiple wrongful death claims and cases, to serious and catastrophic automobile injury cases, to
automobile versus pedestrian claims and cases, and business fraud cases. He has obtained policy
limit payment results for clients.
Mr. Kielty has worked at four different law firms over his twenty-eight year career,
handling every facet of defense litigation including auto and personal injury claims, business
disputes, and construction-defect litigation, before starting his own firm in 2009. His experience
at those firms included personal injury and business arbitrations, lengthy construction defect
trials representing cross-defendants, as well as a personal injury trial on behalf of the defense
involving paraplegia and brain injuries.
He has tried construction defect cases for the developer/general contractor, and argued
successfully in the Court of Appeal, which resulted in the Gouvis decision (1995) 37 Cal. App.
4th 642. In August 1999, he concluded eighteen months of work on an unfair business practices
lawsuit, on behalf of sixteen cellular telephone agents and dealers against US West, Airtouch and
others, resulting in a recovery to the clients in excess of $2.5 million.
He has worked on fraud cases, in one instance where a business client was defrauded in
excess of $500,000. Through hard work and diligence, Mr. Kielty was able to obtain significant
judgments for that client, totaling in excess of $2.9 million, which included elements of punitive
damages, interest, attorney fees, and trebling of damages.
In over the twenty-eight years of practice, Mr. Kielty has handled hundreds of cases,
taken well over a thousand depositions, prepared and argued hundreds of motions before the
court, as well as made hundreds of court appearances. Through the years, Mr. Kielty has
provided efficient and effective representation of his clients. He has a reputation for
thoroughness, fairness and integrity.
Attorney Michael J. Kielty has been an attorney in San Diego since 1985. During that
time, he has had the privilege of representing hundreds individuals and businesses in resolving
their civil lawsuits. His experience has ranged from personal injury and property damage claims,
to wrongful death and fraud lawsuits. He has strived to get the best results for his clients, and
also to keep them informed as to the progress of their cases. He has also handled Federal Court
cases, and lawsuits including trials in San Diego, and other counties throughout California.
Mr. Kielty has also represented Plaintiff clients who were people injured in automobile
accidents, parents of children who suffered wrongful death, business owners where fraud was
perpetrated upon them, business owners with breach of contract claims, and homeowners in
various disputes. Mr. Kielty obtained a multi-million dollar judgment for a business client, and
then fought and preserved that judgment when the defendant filed for bankruptcy protection,
getting that judgment declared non-dischargeable.
He has handled all types of civil litigation ranging from simple rear end automobile
accidents involving uninsured, underinsured, and contested liability claims, to multi-client
business dispute matters involving multi-million dollar claims, and complex cases where a Judicial Council Coordinated Proceeding (in California state court), and Multi-District Litigation
(in Federal court) protocols have been ordered.
Attorney Michael Kielty's diligent efforts and broad legal experience, has allowed him to
provide personalized service to his clients, who he was privileged to represent. His experience
of working early in his career for an insurance defense law firm, enabled him to gain insight into
what is necessary to not only present a claim in such a way that it is well received, but also to
recognize the defenses that may be asserted. Michael Kielty's past Defendant clients have
included: automobile owners and drivers, homeowners, business owners, contractors, developers and manufacturers.
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