Kelly, Tom

Thomas G. Kelly III, Yuma Litigation Attorney
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Thomas G. Kelly III


Yuma attorney Tom Kelly has been an active member of the Yuma community for more than 25 years, including leadership roles for numerous service organizations and charities. 

After earning his law degree at the University of Arizona, Tom started his legal career in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General Corps. He then practiced law in Tucson before moving to Yuma in 1990. Tom served as a Deputy Yuma County Attorney for two years and then returned to private practice, helping hundreds of Yuma-area residents resolve disputes and claims through the civil justice system.
Tom is admitted to practice in all Arizona courts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is a member of the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, a past president of the Yuma County Bar Association, and a judge pro tem in Yuma Municipal Court since 2002.
Professional Memberships
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Yuma County Bar Association: Past President (1994-1995)
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Arizona, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1981
  • United States Naval Justice School, 1977
  • J.D., University of Arizona, 1976
  • B.S., History, Northern Arizona University, 1973: Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Nu, Blue Key, Sir Percival Lowell Award (summa cum laude)
Military Service
  • United States Navy (1976-1980): Lieutenant Commander (USNR.), Judge Advocate General Corps
Community Service
  • Salvation Army Yuma: Member, Board of Directors
  • Boys & Girls Club of Yuma: Capital Campaign Chair
  • Yuma Veterans Recoverable Loan Fund: Chair
  • Yuma Municipal Court: Judge Pro Tem, 2002-present
  • Northern Arizona University Yuma Alumni Association: Annual Golf Tournament Co-Chair
  • University of Arizona Alumni Association
  • Ft. Yuma Rotary Club: Former Member 
  • Arizona Western College: Instructor
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