Elizabeth "Lisa" Kelley
Juris Doctor, Stetson University College of Law
Get ready to meet a powerhouse of a trial lawyer - Elizabeth "Lisa" Vinson Kelley. With over 27 years of experience representing ordinary people with catastrophic injuries due to medical negligence, dangerous and defective products, and nursing home abuse. She is a force to be reckoned with. Lisa is admitted to practice in all State courts in Florida, as well as the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Lisa received her law degree, cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law in 1992. During her time there, she earned a position on Stetson’s prestigious Moot Court Board for which she won the Best Brief Award at the Robert Orseck Memorial Moot Court Competition in 1992. She was also an advocate on Stetson’s ATLA Mock Trial Team, where Lisa and her partner won the state championship.
After law school and her admission to the Florida Bar, Lisa began an active trial practice at the Tampa, FL, AV-rated firm of Yerrid, Knopik, & Valenzuela, P.A. in the areas of professional negligence, automobile negligence, product liability, wongful death, maritime law, and premises liability. She then joined the AV-rated firm of Annis, Mitchell, et al., P.A. and added commercial litigation to her continued personal injury trial practice. In 1996, Lisa opened a solo practice, which she merged with Michael J. Trentalange, P.A., in 1999. This allowed her to incorporate nursing home neglect and abuse into her practice. The following year, Lisa and Mike formalized the association and incorporated as Trentalange & Kelley, P.A., an AV- rated practice.
Lisa is dedicated to helping the injured obtain justice. She has successfully tried or scores of cases, including several in excess of $1 million, earning her acceptance into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum - a group limited to attorneys who have tried or settled cases for or in excess of $1 million. In 2006, Lisa became certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Certified Circuit Court Mediator and began assisting other litigants in settling their personal injury claims. Although Lisa no longer mediates disputes, her training and experience gives her a unique insight into the mediation process – which she puts to use for her clients.
Along with the Florida Bar, Lisa is an EAGLE member of the Florida Justice Association. Since she joined FJA in 1992, Lisa served on its medical malpractice and nursing home task force for many years. She also served a one-year term on the board of directors in 2002. Lisa is also a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, and the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association (which she helped establish). At TBTLA, Lisa served as Secretary (2000- 2002); director (2000-2002, 2004-2006); and 2005-2006 Program Chair.
Outside of her professional life, Lisa is an active and engaged member of the Tampa Bay community. She has been a member of LAMPLighters since 2011 and served as its 2018 co-chair and 2019 Chair for "Lights, Fashion, Hope," which raised money for the benefit of Metropolitan Ministries and Joshua House. Additionally, she has been active in fundraising and volunteering for the Gasparilla Music Festival and other local charities.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida