Michael (Mike) Kelly was born and raised in Alameda, California and graduated from Alameda High School in 1982. After high school, he attended UC Davis, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and was a three-sport athlete, competing in football, track and lacrosse. In 1986-87, Mike was the captain of the UC Davis lacrosse team that received national recognition by beating top-ranked UC Berkeley and moving into Division I of the NCAA as a result of their outstanding season.
Upon graduation from UC Davis, Mike attended San Francisco Law School where he graduated in 1993. While there, Mike was the top-ranked student in his first year class and received honors.
In 1994, Mike began his career representing injured individuals and their families when he joined a large Sacramento law firm. Mike handled numerous personal injury cases ranging from motor vehicle accident cases to extremely complex product liability cases involving multiple defendants.
In 2003, Mike and his partner, Loyal A. Miner, opened their own firm, Miner & Kelly, LLP.
Since that time, Mike and Loyal have worked together representing their clients with honesty, integrity and a high level of concern not typically found in the legal environment.
Outside of the practice of law, Mike is a proud husband and father of two children, his son Cole, and daughter Logan. Mike is actively engaged in his children’s education and is currently the Little Dribblers coordinator for St. John’s School in Sacramento. Mike coached flag football in 2009 and is the head coach of the St. John’s boys’ junior varsity basketball team in 2010.
Mike is also an avid bicycle racer and member of the Zenn Racing team, which is currently competing in the Masters series in the Northern California-Nevada Cycling Association.
Loyal attended Pleasant Valley High School in Chico, California, where he graduated in 1980. After high school, he attended Butte College, where he began his outstanding football career as a linebacker for the Roadrunners. After completing junior college, he transferred to UC Davis. At UC Davis, Loyal was a member of the 1982 Aggies football team that went to the NCAA Division II National Championship game in Texas. During his football career he won the Jim Fernier award for outstanding junior college transfer and the Bob Oliver Award for Unsung Hero. In 2005, Loyal was inducted into the Butte College Athletics Hall of Fame for his outstanding contributions to the football program.
Upon graduation from UC Davis, Loyal attended Willamette University College of Law, where he graduated in 1989. After law school, Loyal worked for a law firm doing insurance defense work. Loyal opened his own practice a few years later, focused on personal injury cases, then he and Mike formed their current firm in 2003.
In addition to focusing on the firm’s personal injury practice, Loyal also practices criminal law and has handled a broad range of criminal matters over the years, ranging from misdemeanors to felonies.
In his personal time, Loyal is a wine enthusiast. In 2006, Loyal established his own winery, Miner’s Leap, which produces a variety of California wines, including a Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Primativo and Albarino.