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  • Education
    • J.D., cum laude, Southwestern University School of Law, 2002
    • B.S., California State University-Long Beach, 1990
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2002
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 2007
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2007
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 2007
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2007
Mary McKelvey is a fierce and highly respected trial attorney who is influential in every aspect of her career, i.e. in litigating difficult cases for national and global clients, in handling high stakes pro bono cases, in successfully assuming leadership positions at the state and local bar levels, in supporting the next generation of women lawyers, in mentoring at-risk non-lawyer women, and in proactively volunteering in the community. In addition to extensive trial experience, Mary has wide range of experience in all stages of litigation including trial preparation, taking and defending percipient and expert witness depositions, developing innovative case handling strategy during discovery, and drafting complex pleadings and arguing dispositive motions in both state and federal court. Mary masterfully presents complex facts, concepts, medical vocabulary, historical data, scientific data, and other complicated issues in ways that jurors and judges can understand and use to arrive at fair and just decisions. 

Mary has a deep passion for pro bono work and serves as the Pro Bono Coordinator for Polsinelli’s Los Angeles office. In her own words, “Doing pro bono work has allowed me glimpses into realities I would not otherwise have encountered. It has allowed me a multi-dimensional perspective on important issues such as immigration policies and the effectiveness of our criminal justice system. It has allowed me to assist others that I would never even have had the privilege of encountering but for my handling of their matter on a pro bono basis.
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Los Angeles Business Journal
August 22, 2018
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May 22, 2018
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Law360
February 14, 2018
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Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
March 2, 2017
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Webinar Moderator; The State Bar of California
January 26, 2017
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Women’s Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
April 2015
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Implications of AB1875, Deposition Limits in Civil Cases
Harris Martin Conference
Speaker
December 2012
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Choice of Law Issues in Products Liabilities Cases
Harris Martin Conference
January 2010
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