Denis G. Kelly graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 1992. He has practiced as an attorney in New York since 1992 as a trial lawyer primarily in the fields of medical malpractice and personal injury. In 1999 he was elected to the Long Beach City Council after serving as a Commissioner of the Zoning Board of Appeals of the City of Long Beach. Subsequently, he served as a Commissioner on the Long Beach Civil Service Commission. After practicing law in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Garden City from 1992 through 2005, Denis opened his own practice in Long Beach, New York in 2006, continuing to represent clients in personal injury and medical malpractice suits throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties, as well as the City of New York. He has also developed a busy practice in the areas of zoning and land use.
On October 29, 2012, like many of his neighbors on the South Shore of Long Island, both Denis’ home and office sustained significant damage as a result of Super Storm Sandy. In an effort to provide some community service in the wake of the disaster, Denis and his wife Eileen decided to educate themselves and their neighbors about the insurance claims process and the potential pitfalls of dealing with both flood and homeowners insurance carriers. On January 10, 2013 Denis along with John Houghtaling of the Louisiana law firm of Gauthier, Houghtaling & Williams conducted a seminar at Lindell Elementary School in Long Beach, New York before a crowd of nearly 600 homeowners with storm damage.
During the seminar it became clear that many of those in attendance at the seminar needed and wanted help. Denis and John Houghtaling agreed that they would offer representation to those who sought their services. Since then, Denis has represented approximately 240 Sandy victims in Federal and State courts. It was Denis’ client Bob Kaible who revealed to him that the engineer’s report of the damage to his home had been changed by the engineering company which exposed the underhanded tactics of the insurance companies’ adjusters and engineers, ultimately catapulting the entire process toward the potential of settling all Sandy flood claims in litigation as well as many that have not yet started litigation.
Denis has now been working with Steve Mostyn of Mostyn Law, an accomplished Houston based law firm, to see to it that as many victims of Super Storm Sandy are appropriately compensated for the damages they suffered.
Denis and Eileen still live and work in Long Beach and are committed to representing their neighbors on the South Shore through to the end.