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Elk & Elk Partners Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 Edition

Elk & Elk is excited to announce Managing Partner Jay Kelley and Partner Marilena DiSilvio were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 Edition.

Jay Kelley

Managing Partner Jay Kelley has been recognized by Best Lawyers since 2016 for his representation of plaintiffs in both the Personal Injury Litigation and Medical Malpractice Law categories.

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

Jay has presented more than 70 cases to jury, 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.

Marilena DiSilvio

Partner Marilena DiSilvio has been selected for inclusion by Best Lawyers since 2010, earning recognition on both the plaintiff and defendant side of the Medical Malpractice Law category throughout her career.

Marilena 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, Marilena 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 health care law.


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.