Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2023 at 5:38 pm
Join us in welcoming Nicholas P. Kelly to the firm
Nicholas P. Kelly joined the Wallace Miller team in 2023. With a background in litigating car crashes, workplace accidents, premises liability, medical malpractice, and wrongful death cases, he focuses on protecting people’s rights.
How did you decide you wanted to be a lawyer?
I have always loved to read, write, and tell stories. I like to argue, and I like to think about things critically.
What is the most interesting thing about practicing law?
I love litigation. I don’t know if it has always been this way for me. Law school was intense—I didn’t have any lawyers in my family, so I had no idea what to expect going into law school. At the outset of my career, I was green and still trying to discover who I wanted to be as a litigator. At some point, maybe a year in, I developed a style, became comfortable, and fell in love with the practice.
I’m passionate about plaintiff-side personal injury litigation because it’s morally gratifying. We’re fighting big insurance companies and corporate giants who dominate the world we live in. I’m fighting on behalf of regular people, whose lives have often been upended and irrevocably harmed, through no fault of their own, by the negligence of another – against companies who prioritize profits over the safety, health, and wellbeing of the public.
Every single case has creative, competitive, and performative components to it. When you’re working up a case, you’re sort of working on an art project—it’s like making a mosaic. You know what your burden of proof is and then you’ve got these little shards of glass, and those are the pieces of evidence that exist that you have to try to piece together into the picture you want to convey. Asking good deposition and exam questions or being able to dance with difficult witnesses is a skill set that takes years to develop. I spend a lot of time reading Trial Guides books, attending continuing legal education classes, and thinking about my cases with an aim toward—almost an obsession with—being the best attorney I can be for my clients.
What has your experience been like at Wallace Miller?
We’ve got a really solid team comprised of individuals who are smart and compassionate and who care about what they’re doing. And I mean that sincerely. From the top down, the partners and associates are incredibly talented, and they have their accolades behind them and they’ve got a rich history of success. Everybody is coming to the table with unique skill sets.
We’re not the stereotypical law firm. Our staff is full of tech-savvy, smart, creative people. I’ve loved working with the whole team—everybody works hard, works well collaboratively, and does a great job.
What advice would you offer people about personal injury claims?
One thing that I think people need to know is that if you’re injured in a car accident or if you slip and fall inside a store, people can sometimes feel a certain reluctance to pursue a lawsuit or a claim because they don’t want to go after another person individually. And the reality is that you’re almost always effectively going after their insurance companies. These are multibillion-dollar companies who advertise aggressively, scare the hell out of us, take our premiums each month, invest those premiums in the market, and then have the audacity to deny our claims when we need them most. They’re making money hand over fist in a multitude of ways, and they make a practice of denying claims and delaying claims to make it difficult for people to get what they need to get back on their feet. There are some attorneys out there who practice unscrupulously. But at Wallace Miller, we care about what we do, and we care about our clients. Ultimately, we’re here to help people.