IALDA Member: Matthew Kelly

Matthew Kelly

Roemer Wallens Gold & Mineaux LLP

13 Columbia Circle
Albany, New York 12203
United States

Tel: (518) 464-1300

Fax: (518) 464-1010



Jim is a partner of the Firm, overseeing all litigation.  He began his legal career as Staff Counsel to the New York Public Service Commission from 1979 to 1983, and has been in private practice since that time.  Jim has tried over one hundred civil and criminal cases to verdict throughout New York State in all four Departments of the Appellate Division and in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts.

Jim was appointed as an Arbitrator in the Albany City Court and as a Mediator for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York.  He was also appointed to the Governor’s Judicial Selection Committee for the Third Department by Chief Judge Hon. Judith Kaye and reappointed by Chief Judge Hon. Jonathan Lippman.  He has also been appointed to the Character and Fitness Committee of the Appellate Division Third Department by Presiding Judge Hon. Karen Peters, and re-appointed by Hon. Elizabeth A. Garry.  Jim continues to be the Chairman of the Albany County Bar Association Diversity Internship Program for Minority Law Students, and was one of its original organizers.


J.D., Buffalo Law School (1979)

B.S., Cornell University (1975)

Admitted to practice in New York, all Federal courts in New York and the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals



  • Past President of the Albany County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association’s Executive Committee Member-At-Large
  • House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association
  • Executive Committee of the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Lawyers Section of the New York State Bar Association
  • Association of Ski Defense Attorneys (ASDA)
  • International Amusement and Leisure Defense Association (IALDA)
  • Defense Research Institute of Northeastern New York
  • Albany Claims Association
  • Past President of Capital District Cornell Club
  • Past President of Bethlehem Central Athletic Association


Jim has given presentations on trial practice and insurance coverage to the following groups:

The New York State Bar Association

Albany County Bar Association

Association of Mutual Insurance Companies of New York

Albany Claims Association


  • New York State Bar Association President’s Pro Bono Service Award 3rd Judicial District
  • American Bar Association Award for Diversity Internship Program
  • New York State Bar Association Award for Diversity Internship Program
  • Albany County Bar Association’s President’s Award
  • Black, Latino, Asian & Pacific American Student Association Award for Development of Diversity Internship Program
  • Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York and Albany Law School Award for Promoting Equal Access to Justice
  • New York County Lawyers Award 2013 for Pro Bono Work Assisting Victims of Hurricane Sandy in 2012-2013
  • Named Super Lawyer in Civil Litigation 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017

Representative cases

New York Court of Appeals:

Haymon v. Pettit, 9 N.Y.3d 324 (2007), 880 N.E.2d 416, 849 N.Y.S.2d 872

Ziegelmeyer v. United States Olympic Committee, 7 N.Y.3d 893 (2006), 860 N.E.2d 60,

Pink v. Ricci, 28 N.Y.3d 994

St. Louis v. Town of North Elba, 16 N.Y.3d 411


Appellate Division, First Department:         

Clarke v Catamount Ski Area, 87 AD3d 926

Pouso v. City of New York, 22 AD3d 395


Appellate Division, Second Department:   

Lane v. Lyons, 300 AD2d 363


Appellate Division, Third Department:

Gray v South Colonie Cent. School Dist., 64 AD3d 1125

Small v Keneston, 57 AD3d 1262

Matter of City of Utica v Daines, 95 AD3d 1467

Matter of Grancaric, 68 AD3d 1279

Accent Commercial Furniture, Inc. v P. Schneider & Assoc., 110 AD3d 1415

Ruepp v. West Experience, Inc., 272 AD2d 673

Tremblay v. West Experience, Inc., 296 AD2d 780

Schorpp v. Oak Mountain, 143 A.D.3d 1136


Appellate Division, Fourth Department:

Vivyan v Ilion Cent. School Dist., 94 AD3d 1432

Gitchell v. Corby, 64 AD3d 1163


United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit:

Negron v. Wesolowski, 12-4611 (2d Cir. Oct. 28, 2013)

Legg v. Ulster County, 820 F3d 67 (2nd Cir. 2016)