Laraine Kelley concentrates her practice in the areas of personal injury law, including medical malpractice, construction accidents, automobile injuries, and products liability. Numerous local attorneys refer their complex litigation matters to Ms. Kelley as her experience and dedication are valuable factors in difficult cases.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • New York, 1980


  • State University of New York at Buffalo, J.D., 1979
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1975, Phi Beta Kappa

Speaking Engagements

  • Frequent lecturer in the area of civil litigation, particularly medical malpractice, products liability law, and civil trial procedure

Professional Activities

  • Member, New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Erie County Bar Association

Over the course of her career, Ms. Kelley has helped hundreds of clients and has acted as lead trial counsel in numerous cases. She has been responsible for personal injury recoveries on behalf of catastrophically injured plaintiffs including those listed below.

  • A young child who received a $9,000,000 structured settlement for brain injuries caused by a delayed cesarean section
  • A young woman who received a $8,800,000 verdict for a severe injury caused by a defective post-hole digger
  • A young woman who received a $4,500,000 settlement for improper handling of an allergic reaction by ambulance paramedics
  • A family who received $3,000,000 following the death of a man due to medical malpractice
  • A family who received $2,700,000 following the death of a woman due to an emergency room giving her Dilaudid for pain prior to being sent to the CT
  • A young woman who received a $2,450,000 award following a misdiagnosis of eye disease resulting in loss of vision
  • A patient who received a $2,300,000 award after loss of an endotracheal tube resulting in cardiac arrest
  • An individual who lost a limb due to the delayed diagnosis of an infectious disease and received a $2,000,000 settlement
  • A person who received a $1,900,000 settlement for liver damage sustained due to the lack of monitoring of a prescription drug
  • An injured worker who received $1,800,000 as a result of a fall
  • The family of a woman who received $1,500,000 as a result of a delayed diagnosis of cancer
  • A gentleman who received a $1,450,000 settlement after a delayed diagnosis of an injection following cardiac surgery
  • $1,000,000 award received following delayed diagnosis of pneumonia and need for emergency surgery
  • $1,000,000 settlement received following misdiagnosis of abdominal aneurism as hernia
  • A woman who was awarded $900,000 as a result of the delay in corrective surgery following a hysterectomy
  • A woman’s family who received a $750,000 for delayed diagnosis of breast cancer
  • An individual who received $500,000 for a delayed emergency room diagnosis of a heart condition
  • $450,000 award received following misdiagnosis of kidney cancer and delay in treatment
  • $450,000 awarded as a result of nursing error resulting in overdosing of insulin in diabetic patient
The Best Lawyers

The Best Lawyers in America
Named to Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs, Medical Malpractice Law—Plaintiffs, and Product Liability Litigation—Plaintiffs

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubell
AV Peer Review Rating, signifying the highest recognition in legal ability and professional ethics

Super Lawyers
Among the Top 50 attorneys named to Upstate New York Super Lawyers

Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2017
Named "Buffalo Best Lawyers Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year" for 2017 by Best Lawyers in America.

Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2014
Named "Buffalo Best Lawyers Product Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year" for 2014 by Best Lawyers in America.

Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2013
Named "Buffalo Best Lawyers Medical Malpractice Law-Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year" for 2013 by Best Lawyers in America.

Who's Who in Law
Named to Business First/Buffalo Law Journal's final 2012 issue of "Who's Who in Law" for Personal Injury


Women Helping Women Award
Winner of "Women Helping Women" award presented by the National Organization of Women