Jay has been managing partner at Elk & Elk since 2017. He has been a partner since 2011. Jay focuses on civil trial work in state and federal courts. His practice areas include medical negligence and/or wrongful death arising from birth injury, maternal death, surgery, oncological, cardiac, trucking, auto and pharmaceutical causes.

Jay has presented more than 70 cases to juries, including felony prosecution, criminal defense, civil defense and civil plaintiff cases. He has been lead counsel on cases in more than 30 Ohio counties, as well as in appellate courts and the Supreme Court of Ohio.

In 2018, Jay was appointed court liaison/lead counsel for plaintiffs’ lawyers in lawsuits against University Hospitals. The cases stemmed from a fertility clinic event that left thousands of fertilized embryos and eggs unviable. 

Jay was awarded “Lawyer of the Year” in 2021 for Medical Malpractice Law in Cleveland. Since 2016, he has been included in The Best Lawyers in America® for Medical Malpractice Law and Personal Injury Litigation.


  • Jay was awarded “Lawyer of the Year” in 2021 for Medical Malpractice Law in Cleveland.
  • Since 2016, he has been included in The Best Lawyers in America® for Medical Malpractice Law and Personal Injury Litigation.
  • Jay has been recognized as an “Ohio Super Lawyer” since 2009.
  • He maintains the highest AVVO rating.
  • He received a 5.0/5.0 AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ by members of the Bar and Judiciary for his legal ability and professional ethical standards.
  • Jay was named to the Top Five in Cleveland by Super Lawyers from 2012-2015; Top Ten Ohio Super Lawyers list from 2011-2015 by Cincinnati and Columbus Super Lawyers magazines; Top 100 Ohio Super Lawyers from 2010-2021; and Top 50 lawyers in Cleveland by Super Lawyers for 2009 and from 2012-2021.
  • He serves on the board of trustees for the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys.
    • Received the President’s Award in 2019
  • Nationally, he’s a member of the American Association of Justice’s “Leadership Forum.”
  • He has been recognized by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.
  • Jay is a former member of the board of trustees for the Ohio Association of Justice.

Jay speaks internationally to medical and legal groups on the issue of birth injury and medical liability. In 2008, Jay was a reviewer for a fetal monitoring textbook used by physicians around the country on the issue of liability for birth injuries. Jay has a chapter published in the 6th edition of Comprehensive Gynecology, Medical-Legal Issues (2011) and in the 7th edition of Comprehensive Gynecology, Medical-Legal Risk Management (2017.) The respect of the medical community provides access to leading experts and optimal results.

When Jay isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his family, watching his kids play sports and attending various other sporting events.

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Settlements and Verdicts

$10 Million Verdict

Claim arising from Spinal surgery to correct Scoliosis, 2004. Lucas County. Case resolved pending appeal and post-trial motions.

$9.88 Million Verdict

Birth injury claim. (Portage County Record), 2006. Portage County. Case resolved pending appeal and post-trial motions.

$9.75 Million

Neonatal brain injury settlement. Specific terms are confidential.

$7.3 Million

Surgical complication resulting in global brain injury.

$6 Million

The patient was administered a paralytic agent negligently resulting in an arrest and death while in the ICU, 2003, Federal Court resolutions.


Plaintiff suffered an anoxic brain injury in the recovery room from a combination of Morphine, Valium and airway risk factors, 2009.  Montgomery County verdict. Verdict reduced to comport with Ohio laws and damage caps.  Case settled during post-trial motions with one defendant.  Judgment remains versus the other.

$5.4 Million

Mismanagement of Labor resulting in HIE/ CP in newborn. Settlement among multiple parties.

$5.3 Million

Mismanagement of intrapartum care of twins results in Twin “A” suffering Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, 2008, settlement.

$4.75 Million

Failure to appropriately respond to changes on fetal tracing resulting in HIE / CP in newborn.

$4.5 Million

Result for Labor and delivery claim resulting in hypoxic injury, 2011.

$3.9 Million

Mismanagement of Labor and delivery, including a failure to recognize warning signs on Fetal Tracings resulting in Neurologic Injury (CP) to the infant, 2007.

$3.5 Million

Resolution for a birth injury in a premature child, 2012.

$3.5 Million

Result for injury to neonate/child following placement of a PEG tube, 2011.

$3.5 Million

Surgical error case, pregnant female.

$3.3 Million

Neonatal injury following PEG tube placement.

$3 Million

Man burned over arms, legs, and torso from an explosion.

$2.5 Million Verdict

Mismanagement of preterm labor resulting in stillbirth, 2006. Miami County, Ohio.  Case resolved at insurance limits post-verdict.

$2.4 Million

Death of mother secondary to hemorrhage following delivery.

$2 Million

Maternal death, multiple defendants. Failure to timely respond to postpartum arrest.

$1.9 Million Settlement

Neurologic injury, secondary to epidural creating subdural hematoma.

$1.8 Million

Botched sinus surgery resulting in neurological issues.

$1.5 Million

Result for surgical error, 2011.

$1.5 Million

Resolution for herniated disks following an accident with city truck.

$1.5 Million

Delay in diagnosing breast cancer.

$1 Million

Failure to diagnose prostate cancer – resulted in cancer progressing to Stage IV by diagnosis.

$1.1 Million

Delay in Diagnosis and Treatment of Tongue Cancer Case.

Amount Confidential

New Jersey Pro Hac Vice with co-counsel, Louis DeVoto, wrongful death of a 21-year-old female who arrested secondary to pyelonephritis. Code blue was issued in case.

Amount Confidential

Wrongful death, cardiac cath complicated by re-occlusion resulting in arrest.  Local counsel Rosetti & DeVoto.

Oversaw the handling and resolution of claims related to birth control patches resulting in blood clots.

**All lawsuits are different and Elk & Elk makes no representation or promises that it can obtain the same results in other cases. These results do not guarantee, warrant, or predict the outcome of any future legal matter. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.

Client Reviews

Nicholas C. – May 2019

Attorney Jay Kelley and his law firm helped to navigate a very difficult part of our lives. Jay was very responsive to our needs and answered our questions through every step of the process. Jay is top notch and I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking representation.

Julie B. – May 2019

Jay and his team were very professional. They were efficient and always available to be reached for questions. We definitely felt comfortable having them represent us and would recommend to anyone who needs their services!