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Elk & Elk’s Jay Kelley Recognized as Cleveland Lawyer of the Year

Elk & Elk is excited to announce that Managing Partner Jay Kelley, Partner Phillip Kuri and Partner Marilena DiSilvio were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 Edition. Kelley was also awarded “Lawyer of the Year” for 2021.

Jay KelleyJames Kelley Lawyer of the Year Cleveland

Since 2016, Jay Kelley has been recognized by Best Lawyers for his representation of plaintiffs in personal injury and medical malpractice cases. He was named “Lawyer of the Year” for 2021, receiving the highest overall peer-feedback for medical malpractice law in Cleveland.

Kelley has been a partner at Elk & Elk since 2011 and managing partner since 2017. His practice focuses on civil trial work in matters of medical negligence and wrongful death arising from birth injury, surgery, oncological, cardiac and pharmaceutical product liability cases.

Kelley has presented more than 80 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, appellate courts and the Supreme Court of Ohio.

In 2018, Kelley 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. 

Phillip KuriPhil Kuri

Phillip Kuri earned recognition in Best Lawyers for his work with plaintiffs in personal injury cases. 

Kuri has been a partner at Elk & Elk since 2012, focusing on catastrophic injuries such as medical malpractice, trucking, product liability and general tort law. He has won major settlements for his clients, including a $39 million verdict in 2014.

Marilena DiSilvioMarilena DiSilvio

Marilena DiSilvio has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers since 2010. For the 2021 edition, she earned recognition for her representation of plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases.

DiSilvio joined Elk & Elk as a partner in 2014. Her practice focuses on birth injuries, medical negligence, wrongful death and personal injury.

Before coming to Elk & Elk, DiSilvio worked as a neonatal intensive care nurse and spent 17 years with a leading Cleveland defense firm. She has tried more than 50 medical malpractice cases, and her extensive background serving the defense provides her with invaluable knowledge about medical malpractice and healthcare law. Learn more about Marilena.


The Best Lawyers in America© has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Recognition is based entirely on peer review. The methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.