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“Women can have far more impact together than separately.”

— Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, Pulitzer Prize-winning Times investigative reporters and authors of “She Said”

Incoming WLALA President’s Message: Mary McKelvey

Incoming WLALA President's Message: Mary McKelvey Twenty years ago, I walked into a large hotel ballroom room filled with women lawyers and judges and had an experience that forever changed the trajectory of my life. At the time I was a first-year law student in my late thirties attending the annual dinner as a guest of a friend who had previously been president of the organization. The energy in the room that night was palpable. The raw power that exuded from these confident, elegant, and educated women was exhilarating—I had never before been in the presence of so many influential women. After that night, I could not stop thinking about the things these women spoke about and the unapologetic and assured way they [...]

Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles – Statement Condemning Hate and Racism Against the Asian American Pacific Islander Community

I am reminded of the words of the great Martin Luther King, Jr. “Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” But I say love is action. Proud to serve as WLALA President-Elect and committed to heed the call. Mary McKelvey Community Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Statement Condemning Hate and Racism Against the Asian American Pacific Islander Community The Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA) condemns the recent attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) across the nation. We stand with WLALA members and members of our Sister Bars because we know that we are stronger together. Today, we particularly acknowledge our sister members of the Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance [...]

Mary McKelvey Nominated for Women’s Leadership Award

Awards An Honor to Be Nominated From Los Angeles Business Journal NEWS October 2020 Join us on Wednesday, October 21st as we honor and celebrate the terrific women business leaders in the Los Angeles community with our big virtual awards ceremony, the 2020 Women’s Leadership Awards.  This year, we will name:  • CEO of the Year • Entrepreneur of the Year • Executive of the Year • Community Impact Advocate • Rising Star of the Year • Volunteer of the Year  Nominated: Mary McKelvey, Esq. Register to Attend: Register Download the Program Download

Judge Rules in Favor of McKelvey and Schultz in Death Row Inmate Case

Pro Bono Judge Rules in Favor of McKelvey and Schultz in Death Row Inmate Case Los Angeles attorneys Mary McKelvey and David Schultz received a rare initial victory in a state habeas death penalty case, given less than 3% of these claims are granted. Los Angeles attorneys Mary McKelvey and David Schultz received a rare initial victory in a state habeas death penalty case, given less than 3% of these claims are granted. The judge ruled in favor of their client on four issues of the nine claims raised in their 550 page habeas brief following two separate hearings where they presented extensive oral argument. The case was complicated by the fact that the allegations of ineffective assistance involve an attorney [...]

Immigration Victory for Third Sister!

Pro Bono Immigration Victory for the Third Sister! Los Angeles Partner Mary McKelvey and Associates Danila Toscano and Ilana Zelener received another immigration victory this week in a case involving the third of three sisters who fled horrors and abuse in the Honduras. The Polsinelli team has been working to obtain status in the United States for three sisters who came to the United States as unaccompanied minors in 2014. We were able to obtain a grant of asylum for two sisters in 2017. While we have also applied for asylum for the third sister, her case has been pending now for several years. In 2018, we obtained Special Immigrant Juvenile findings for the third sister in state probate court. In December [...]

Top Litigators in Los Angeles: MARY T. McKELVEY

Community Inflluential Women Lawyers in Los Angeles: MARY T. McKELVEY from Los Angeles Business Journal Mary McKelvey is a principal of Polsinelli, an AmLaw 100 law firm with over 850 attorneys in 21 offices. She is a highly respected trial attorney who is influential in every aspect of her career, including litigating difficult cases for national and global clients, engaging in high profile litigation for pro bono clients and in successfully assuming leadership positions at the state and local bar levels. As a trial attorney, McKelvey is one of very few women litigation attorneys in the country who have risen to the top of their field in complex, high-risk mass tort and products liability actions. Her clients are highly visible national and [...]

Influential Women Lawyers in Los Angeles: MARY T. McKELVEY

Community Influential Women Lawyers in Los Angeles: MARY T. McKELVEY from Los Angeles Business Journal Mary McKelvey is a principal of Polsinelli, an AmLaw 100 law firm with over 800 attorneys in 20 offices. She is a highly respected trial attorney who is influential in every aspect of her career -- in litigating difficult cases for national and global clients, in handling high stakes pro bono cases, in successfully assuming leadership positions at the state and local bar levels, in supporting the next generation of women lawyers, in mentoring at-risk non-lawyer women, and in proactively volunteering in the community. As a trial attorney, McKelvey handles high-risk, complex mass tort and products liability cases that are large and sometimes so complicated that they [...]

Polsinelli Wins Asylum For Child Immigrants With Big Dreams

Pro Bono Polsinelli Wins Asylum For Child Immigrants With Big Dreams After enduring years of physical and sexual abuse in Honduras, two teenage sisters with big dreams to help others in their new lives were recently granted asylum in the U.S., following three years of pro bono advocacy by a team of attorneys at Polsinelli. The team of attorneys, led by partner Mary McKelvey, say they worked for three years, gaining the girls’ trust, helping them tell their harrowing story to a court, and witnessing them glow with happiness and confidence after being granted asylum last July. The sisters have expressed that they want to help others in their lives in the U.S.— one hopes to become a doctor and the other [...]

A Passion for Pro Bono

Pro Bono A Passion for Pro Bono From Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles archives April 2015 by Mary McKelvey When was the last time that you, as a lawyer, felt the deep satisfaction that comes from applying the principles of justice to right a wrong or been moved to tears by emotional gratification that flows from successfully advocating for a worthy individual who lacks a voice? If nothing comes to mind immediately, it may be time to consider taking on a pro bono project. When I made the decision to leave a successful career in finance to pursue a law degree, I confess I was an idealist. I was a bit mesmerized by principles of justice and fairness – the notion [...]

Congrats from Women Lawyer’s Association of Los Angeles

Congrats from Women Lawyer's Association of Los Angeles Mary McKelvey, the incoming secretary of the WLALA Executive Committee, was recently named by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the Top Litigators in Los Angeles.  She is only one out of seven women to be honored out of 50 litigators named. Mary 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 handling high stakes pro bono cases, in successfully assuming leadership positions at the state and local bar levels, in supporting the next generation of women lawyers, in mentoring at-risk non-lawyer women, and in proactively volunteering in the community. In addition to extensive [...]

WLALA-Sponsored Resolution Signed into Law

Trial Work WLALA-Sponsored Resolution Signed into Law Have you ever thought, "this law should be changed or amended,” or "it should not exist at all?” Have you ever thought, "this law should be changed or amended,” or "it should not exist at all?” Have you ever thought "there ought to be a law about this” but when you researched the appropriate legal authorities, you found no law existed that addressed the topic you researched? Do you enjoy debating policy and the law as well as meeting interesting people from across the state? WLALA’s delegation to the Conference of California Bar Associations had an opportunity to participate in all of these activities and more at the state-wide Conference of California Bar Associations ("CCBA” [...]

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