Brenden P. Kelley, Esq.

Providing solutions for the unique needs and problems facing entrepreneurs and their businesses. Honest, affordable, and collaborative legal services.

Brenden Kelley Law, Cleveland Ethics Lawyer



  • Cleveland State University College of Law, J.D., 2015
  • Washington & Jefferson College, B.A., 2012


  • Ethics & Professionalism Committee, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2019-Present
  • Ethics Committee, Ohio State Bar Association, 2021-Present
  • Grievance Committee, Geauga County Bar Association, 2020-Present
  • Executive Committee, Cleveland State University College of Law Board of Visitors, 2021-Present
  • Alumni Executive Council, Washington & Jefferson College Alumni Association, 2017-Present
  • Mental Health & Wellness Committee, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2019-Present
  • Access to Justice Committee, Ohio State Bar Association, 2021-Present
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, 2020-2022
  • President, Gilmour Academy Alumni Association, 2019-2021


    About Brenden Kelley

    “It’s my goal to provide the highest caliber legal representation to my clients… honestly and affordably”

    Don’t let his boyish grin fool you; Brenden is a seasoned litigator with an impressive range of experience. Since he was a child, he was raised to be an attorney. His father, Michael V. Kelley, was a successful trial lawyer who made a name for himself fighting for the families of Ohio Steelworkers, and his mother, Lynn Arko Kelley, is a former Cleveland Heights Municipal Court Judge who served as Guardian ad Litem for hundreds of children in Northeast Ohio.

    However, at just 16, he learned a hard lesson: when you trust the wrong person, your American Dream can quickly be snatched away. He watched as his family was nearly destroyed by an uncaring legal system and the lawyers who tried to exploit it after his father passed away.

    Thankfully, he and his mother found a lawyer who cared about his clients and fought like hell for them. When it was time for him to begin his legal career, there was only one real option: to work for his mentor protecting the same kind of people and fighting just as hard.

    “Good lawyers have this amazing ability to come into a client’s life and to take on a client’s burdens as their own. Good lawyers give their voice in order to get justice for the voiceless. I strive to be like my father and my mentor. I strive to be the kind of lawyer who will put those burdens on my shoulders and fight until I have nothing left.”

    After cutting his teeth with his mentor, Brenden started his own practice in 2022 serving small business owners and victims of attorney malpractice. His mission is to provide solutions for the unique needs and problems facing entrepreneurs and their businesses. Brenden stands by his clients throughout the lives of their businesses, and their own. He values providing honest, affordable, and collaborative legal services to his clients.

    Some highlights of his career include recovering over a million dollars for clients, negotiating and drafting multiple multimillion-dollar real estate transactions, designing estate plans for families with assets over $80 million, successfully arguing countless motions in state and federal court, and serving as corporate representative for multiple corporations and trusts in litigation.


     “While both my father and my mentor have passed, I carry on in their honor. They ignited a flame within me many years ago and I have no intention of letting it burn out.”

    Awards & Recognition

    Brenden Kelley - Cleveland Super Lawyer 2021-2022


    Brenden Kelley Law, Cleveland Small Business Lawyer
    • American’s Top Trial Lawyers – Who’s Who in American, 2021
    • 20 in Their Twentys, Crain’s Cleveland Business, 2020
    • Excellence in Complex Litigation, Premier Lawyers of America, 2019-2020


    • Foundations for Philanthropy Graduate – The Cleveland Foundation, 2021
    • Leadership Academy Graduate – Ohio State Bar Association, 2020
    • Top 40 Under 40 in Business Law, Association of American Trial Lawyers, 2018

    What they’re saying about Brenden Kelley

    January 25, 2023

    One of the Best!

    I hired Brenden to create an estate plan for my family and me. He attentively listened to my concerns, cared about my needs, and made sure I was taken care of. I have worked with other estate planning attorneys in the past, but Brenden stands out as truly exceptional. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable in the law, but he also took the time to clearly explain it to me. Most importantly, he put all of my concerns at ease and I am confident that my family will be taken care of after I pass. I would not consider any other attorney.

    L from Chagrin Falls, Ohio

    January 24, 2023

    Professional. Efficient. Caring.

    Brenden assisted me in the purchase of a dental practice. His calm manner, keen insights, and negotiating skills were invaluable during this stressful process. I am grateful for his personal touch and tireless persistence. He helped make my dream a reality. I would highly recommend Brenden to other dentists and business owners looking for a lawyer who understands their needs and cares about their success.

    J from Seven Hills, Ohio

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