Kathryn Kelly


  • Columbus School of Law
  • Expertise

  • Civil Procedure
  • Torts
  • Complex Litigation
  • Lawyering Skills
  • Upon graduation from Notre Dame's law school in 1978, Kathryn Kelly entered private practice in Washington, D.C. During her twelve years with Jones, Day and Crowell & Moring, she practiced principally in the areas of product liability, health care, and employment discrimination, managing complex litigation, counseling concerning risk-management and regulatory compliance, and providing advice on legislative issues. During this time, her lecturing in CLE courses and work as a staffing partner whetted her interest in teaching. In 1991, she resigned her law firm partnership and joined the faculty.

    Professor Kelly is one of three co-authors of the Prosser, Wade, and Schwartz Torts casebook and also has written in the areas of product liability, health care, complex litigation, and legal education. She has testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Consumer Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and the U.S. Civil Rights Commission on products liability and AIDS issues and has served as an arbitrator for the Maryland Health Claims Arbitration Board.

    Research and Writing

    Prosser, Wade and Schwartz's Torts. Fourteenth edition. Foundation Press, 2020 (with others) (previous editions in 1994, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015).

    Annual Supplement, Comparative Negligence. Sixth edition. LexisNexis, 2020 (with Schwartz) 2021-2023.

    Comparative Negligence. Sixth edition. 
    LexisNexis, 2020 (with Schwartz).
    Annual Supplement, Comparative Negligence. Fifth edition. LexisNexis, 2010 (with Schwartz) 2013-2019.

    Annual Supplement, Guide to Multistate Litigation. Thomson/West, 1986-2023.
    Teacher's Manual for Prosser, Wade and Schwartz's Torts: Cases and Materials. Foundation Press, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015, 2020 (with others).
    Product Liability: A Practical Guide. Prentice-Hall, 1988 (with others).
    Product Liability: Cases and Trends. Prentice Hall, 1987 (with others).


    Guide to Multistate Litigation. Shepard's/McGraw-Hill, 1985 (with others).

    "Review of Essays in Therapeutic Jurisprudence by David B. Wexler and Bruce J. Winick." Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy 9 (Spring 1993): 623.

    "Health Care Issues." In AIDS and the Law. Second edition. John Wiley & Sons, 1992.
    "Negligence and Intentional Torts." In AIDS and the Law. Second edition. John Wiley & Sons, 1992.
    "Tort Liability, Immunities and Defenses." In Healthcare Facilities Law: Critical Issues for Hospitals, HMOs, and Extended Care Facilities, edited by Anne M. Dellinger. Little, Brown, 1991 (with others).