Primerus Personal Injury Lawyers

J. Kelly Carley, Esq..

J. Kelly Carley

645 Griswold Street
Suite 4200
Detroit, Michigan

Tel: 313.447.0634
Fax: 313.961.5985


Mr. Carley joined the firm in 2013.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from the Michigan State University College of Law (formerly Detroit College of Law). He has been a litigator for the past 27 years. At the beginning of his career he represented physicians and Hospitals. For the past 20 years, he has represented individuals injured by medical malpractice and the negligence of others. He has multiple million-dollar verdicts in medical malpractice cases, including the largest such verdict in Northeast Michigan. He has also obtained verdicts for injured clients in vehicular, construction, employment, products, and admiralty cases. In addition to his trial practice, he has successfully argued in the Michigan Supreme Court, the Michigan Court of Appeals, and the Sixth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals. He is happy to be joining the state's foremost Medical Malpractice firm.

Areas of Practice:

  • 90% Medical Malpractice
  • 10% Other Personal Injury

Litigation Percentage:

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

  • Michigan, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1987


  • Detroit College of Law (Michigan State University), Detroit, Michigan
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Moot Court (1985-1986)
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • B.G.S. - 1982
    • Honors: Dean's List

Representative Cases:

  • Domako v. Rowe , 438 MICH 347 (Michigan Supreme Court 1991)

Honors and Awards:

  • American Bar Association Moot Court Competition, 1985
  • American Jurisprudence Award Study of Equity, 1985
  • Coach National Moot Court Team, 1986
  • Moot Court Scholarship Recipient, 1986
  • Director Moot Court Executive Board, 1986
  • Michigan Association for Justice Pacesetter, 2007

Past Employment Positions:

  • Schureman, Frakes, Glass & Wulfmeier, 1986 - 1992
  • Ferriby & Houston, 1993
  • Law Office J. Kelly Carley, 1994 - 1998
  • Jaques Admiralty Law Firm, 1998 - 2013
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