Ian Kelley has maintained a private legal practice
since 2001, in a suite of offices across from the
Thomas J. Cahill Hall of Justice in San Francisco.
Since 2002 he has taught at a variety of law schools
in the Bay Area including San Francsico Law School,
the New College of California School of Law, and John
F. Kennedy University School of Law.
He writes and lectures in the areas of Consitutional
Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, and Issues in
National Security. He is currently an Adjunct
Professor of Criminal Law at John F. Kennedy
University in Pleasant Hill.
He has appeared and litigated before State and
Federal Courts, as well as Administrative and
Regulatory agencies throughout California. In 2008,
he delivered oral argument before the California
Supreme Court in Club Members for an Honest
Election vs. Sierra Club during a historic session of
the Court convened at California State University,
Ian Booth Kelley
Our office maintains a diverse practice across legal disciplines.
We specialize in "full service" representation, working to anticipate and address all aspects of
the client's needs. For a business client, this might mean that we're there from drafting of the
articles of incorporation to negotiating contracts and licensing agreements as the business
grows. For a criminal defendant, this might mean that we both litigate in Superior Court and
appear before Administrative and Regulatory bodies seeking to impose civil sanctions.
Every legal dilemma has two sides, and we have worked on both of them. We represent both
businesses seeking to improve their hiring practices and employees who have been denied their
lawful wage; landlords with difficult tenants, and tenants who have problems with their
landlords. While we recognize the importance of legal specialty, and respect our many
colleagues who represent only one position or interest, it is our experience that we - and our
clients - benefit from the insight that only comes from knowing how the other side approaches
a legal problem because we have, in the past. represented that same position.
Our office associates with a wide range of attorneys with diverse professional backgrounds,
allowing us to bring many eyes to a given legal problem. I employ paralegals and researchers
drawn from a pool of bright, ambitious law students to assist our efforts, giving our clients the
best of both worlds - accessible attorneys with whom they have direct contact and the benefit
of a full legal team.
About the Office
Law Offices of Ian Booth Kelley