Tampa Attorney Elizabeth "Lisa" Vinson Kelley
Elizabeth Vinson Kelley is a trial lawyer and partner in the firm’s Tampa Office. She has been representing victims of medical negligence, auto accidents, premises liability, product defects, sexual abuse, and nursing home neglect and abuse for more than eighteen years.
Ms. Kelley is admitted to practice in all State courts in Florida, as well as the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
After graduating from Largo High School with highest honors, Ms. Kelley attended Auburn University, where she was awarded her B.A. degree, with honors, in 1989. While an undergraduate at Auburn, Ms. Kelley earned several academic and activity-related scholarships, and was initiated as a member of the National Honor Society, Cardinal Key, by election of the Talons Chapter at Auburn University; was conferred membership in the Kappa Pi chapter of the international history Honor Society Phi Alpha Theta in recognition of conspicuous attainments and scholarship in the field of history; and, in recognition of her conspicuous attainments and service in collegiate activities, Ms. Kelley was conferred membership in the National Leadership Honor Society Omicron Delta Kappa through its circle at Auburn University. In 1987, she won the title of Miss Auburn University through the Miss America Scholarship Organization, one of the nation's leading achievement programs and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. As a sophomore, Ms. Kelley represented the school in the Miss Alabama Pageant and was a preliminary winner, and finalist.
Ms. Kelley received her law degree, cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg in 1992. While at Stetson, Ms. Kelley was named as an academic excellence-based Charles A. Dana Scholar, was employed by Stetson as a Research and Writing Teaching Fellow, earned a position on Stetson’s prestigious Moot Court Board for which she won the Best Brief Award at the Robert Orseck Memorial Moot Court Competition in 1992, and was an advocate on Stetson’s ATLA Mock Trial Team, for which she and her partner won the 1991 state championship competition.
During law school and upon her admission to the Florida Bar, Ms. Kelley worked for the Tampa, FL, AV rated firm of Yerrid, Knopik, & Valenzuela, P.A. There, she began an active trial practice in the areas of professional negligence, automobile negligence, product liability, wrongful death, maritime law, and premises liability. In 1994, Ms. Kelley joined the AV rated firm of Annis, Mitchell, et al., P.A., and added commercial litigation to her continued personal injury trial practice. In 1996, Ms. Kelley opened a solo practice, which she merged with Michael J. Trentalange, P.A., in 1999. This allowed her to incorporate nursing home neglect and abuse into her practice. The following year, Ms. Kelley and Mr. Trentalange formalized the association and incorporated as Trentalange & Kelley, P.A., an AV rated practice.
Ms. Kelley’s current practice is dedicated to assisting those with catastrophic injuries or monetary damages obtain justice. To that end, she has, along with Mr. Trentalange, successfully tried or settled hundreds of cases, including several in excess of $1 million. Her track record earned her acceptance into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, limited to attorneys who have tried or settled cases for or in excess of $1 million. To complement her practice and negotiating skills, Ms. Kelley became certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Certified Circuit Court Mediator in 2006, and began assisting other litigants in settling their personal injury claims.
She is a member of the Florida Bar, the Hillsborough County Bar, the American Association for Justice, and the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association, for which she served as Secretary (2000-2002); on its board of directors (2000-2002, 2004-2006); and as the 2005-2006 Program Chair. In addition, Ms. Kelley has been a member of the Florida Justice Association, the former Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, since 1992. She served on its medical malpractice and nursing home task force for many years, and in 2002, Ms. Kelley was appointed to a one year term on the board of directors.
Ms. Kelley has participated in the Tampa Bay community as a member of the Board of Directors of the Montessori Children’s House of Hyde Park Scholarship Fund, and by fund-raising and volunteering for the Gasparilla Music Festival, non-profit organization. She also volunteers her time as a professional model at fundraisers for local charities such as St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, Bay Area Legal Services, the Hillsborough Assistance and Resources Alliance (HARC), UPARC, Focus on Females, Achievement Rewards for College Scientists, The Children's Home of Tampa and several others. Ms. Kelley is a proud third generation member of the Association of Junior Leagues International, serving the Junior League of Tampa as its 2004-05 fund-raising co-chair, and on the 2004-05 board of directors. She was also a Daisy Girl Scout troop leader, Sunny Palms neighborhood, and the secretary/treasurer of the Shell Point Homeowners Association, 2009-2011. In the past, Ms. Kelley served on the Downtown Tampa YMCA board of directors from 1993-1998; as the Downtown YMCA Annual Art Auction Founder and Chair, 1996; as the Second Annual Art Auction Co-chair, 1997; as a Team Captain, YMCA Annual Giving Campaign 1994 to 1997; as the 1997 Major Gifts Chairperson, YMCA Annual Giving Campaign; and was the Top Fundraiser for 1997’s Downtown YMCA Annual Giving Campaign. She also served on the Bayside Neighborhood Association Board of Directors, 1998-99, and the Port Royal Homeowner's Association Board of Directors, 2002-2003. In the legal community she gave back as a volunteer lawyer for Fox 13’s “Ask A Lawyer” program, and volunteering as a lawyer for the Tampa Guardian Ad Litem Program.