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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 successfully assuming leadership positions at the state and local bar levels, in handling high stakes pro bono cases, in supporting the next generation of women lawyers, in mentoring at-risk non-lawyer women, and proactively influencing key issues in both the legal and general community. 

Mary has been successfully trying complicated, high stakes cases involving complex torts, product liability and premises liability to verdict in various jurisdictions for over 15 years. In addition to her extensive trial experience, Mary has a wide range of experience in all stages of litigation. Mary masterfully presents complex facts, concepts, medical vocabulary, historical data, scientific data, and other complicated issues in ways that jurors and judges can understand, appreciate and use to arrive at decisions favorable to her clients. 

Mary has served on the Executive Committee of Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (“WLALA”) since 2017 and on their Board of Governors since 2012. She also currently serves as an Officer of the Executive Committee of California Lawyers Association Litigation Section and previously served as an appointed member of the Executive Committee for the State Bar of California Litigation Section.  

Mary has a deep passion for pro bono work and serves as the Co-Chair for Polsinelli’s Litigation Practice Pro Bono Group. 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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Mentioned, California Lawyer
October 28, 2019
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Los Angeles Business Journal
August 22, 2018
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American Bar Association
May 22, 2018
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Law360
February 14, 2018
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22nd Annual Litigators Forum: Conduct Unbecoming of a Woman
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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