Cleveland: 216-447-1551  |  Columbus: 614-654-4477

Sean S. Kelly
Phone: (216) 643-4508
Fax: (216) 447-1554

Sean S. Kelly represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law and alternative dispute resolution. 

Sean has extensive litigation experience before state federal courts and administrative agencies. His representative cases include complex occupational safety and health, workplace intentional tort, employment discrimination, wages & hours, employee benefits (ERISA), trade secrets, and whistleblower matters. Sean also has experience handling grievances between municipalities and public safety unions. He has appeared before the Supreme Court of Ohio, and has set Ohio precedent in the area of workers’ compensation law.

In addition to his litigation practice, Sean advises employers in EEO, OSHA, employee benefits, executive compensation, fair labor standards, and other compliance matters. He brings over a decade of experience in highly specialized industry sectors including aviation, maritime, health care, and oil and gas production. His practice includes helping employers properly address inspections by government agencies including OSHA, NIOSH, and the FAA. 

A lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio, Sean Kelly graduated with honors from St. Ignatius High School. He graduated cum laude with a degree in the Russian language from Kent State University. He then graduated cum laude from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where he served as executive editor of the Cleveland State Law Review, and received the outstanding editor award.

Sean’s true passion is spending time with his family. He is also a licensed commercial pilot and avid boater.

  • Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University - Juris Doctor Cum Laude, 2002
  • Executive Editor, Cleveland State Law Review - Recipient, CALI Award for Achievement in Admiralty
  • Kent State University - Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude, Russian Language


  • State: Ohio
  • Federal: United States Supreme Court
  • Federal: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Federal: U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • Federal: U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • Federal: The United States Tax Court
  • Pro Hac Vice: The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Pro Hac Vice: Court of Common Pleas, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  • Pro Hac Vice: Supreme Court of the State of New York, Nassau County


  • Federalism in Flight: Preemption Doctrine and Air Crash Litigation, Transportation Law Journal, Volume 28, Issue 1, Fall 2000.
  • Cited as authority by the Courts in: Vinnick v. Delta Airlines, Inc., 93 Cal. App. 4th 859, 113 Cal. Rptr. 2d 471 (Cal. Ct. App. 2001) and Diana v. NetJets Services, Inc., 50 Conn. Supp. 655, 974 A.2d 841 (Conn. Super. 2007)


  • Member, Board of Directors, Federal Bar Association, Northern District of Ohio Chapter
  • Member, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Civil Justice Improvement Committee
  • Panel attorney, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Pilot Protection Services (PPS)

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