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Joseph S. Kelly, Mediator & Arbitrator, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Joseph S. Kelly

JS Kelly Law
7416 East Vista Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Tel: (480) 250-0118
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Recognized to Arizona Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: Mini-Trial Judge
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  • Practice Commenced2014
  • # of MEDS (as of 22/6/24)300
  • # of ARBS (as of 22/6/24)50
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


Joe has been a Judge Pro Tempore for the Maricopa County Superior Court for over 20 years, volunteering his time to cover judge’s calendars, mediating cases, presiding over trials and performing wedding ceremonies. 

Joe has tried numerous cases since 1974 involving personal injury and wrongful death.  Joe has given seminars for the Maricopa County Bar Association, the State Bar of Arizona, A.B.O.T.A.  Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, and in-house seminars for State Farm Insurance on topics ranging from Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bicycle Accidents and Ethics.

Joe is currently “semi-retired” doing private arbitrations/mediations and case consultations. Joe has conducted hundreds of mediations and arbitrations while in practice and since retirement with over a 95% success rate. 

Joe was appointed as an adjunct professor of law at Arizona Summit Law School in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Case Experience

  • Automotive
  • Commercial/Business
  • Insurance
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Torts
  • Wrongful Death


  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Iowa 1971 
  • Juris Doctorate with honors, Drake University Law School 1974

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member of Arizona State Bar
  • Member Maricopa County Bar
  • Member Scottsdale Bar Association

Rates Information

$360 per hour

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