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11John N. Kelsey

John N. Kelsey

Shareholder / Attorney

Email John@gpwlaw-mi.com

Phone 800.799.2234

John N. Kelsey is a shareholder at the firm and has represented asbestos victims and their families since joining the firm in 1999. He currently manages the firm’s Indiana asbestos docket and is also very active in the firm’s West Virginia asbestos litigation docket.


John earned his BA degree from Michigan State University/James Madison College in 1983 and his JD degree with honors from Thomas M Cooley Law School (now Western Michigan University/Cooley Law) in 1985.

John began his legal career as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Calhoun County, Michigan where he served as a Senior Trial Attorney. In this position, he handled all facets of criminal cases, including successfully trying hundreds of serious felony cases to verdict.

John’s extensive trial experience brought him to the firm in 1999 where he has put those skills to work assisting thousands of asbestos victims and their families. John has been recognized as a Top 10 Asbestos/Mesothelioma Trial Lawyer by the Asbestos/Mesothelioma Trial Lawyers Association and a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association

John lives with his wife, Mary, in Mason, MI where both are active in the community and John currently serves as President of the local Optimist Club.

Pratice Areas

  • Asbestos & Mesothelioma Lawsuits We have a long history of litigation for mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and related cancers caused by asbestos exposure.
  • Occupational Disease Much has been done to improve the safety of those whose occupations put them at greater risk, but there are still times when safety takes a hit, whether through carelessness or outright negligence. Our occupational disease lawyers are familiar with the types of disease, cancers, and injuries caused by various exposures and understand the industries typically involved.
  • Personal Injury Whether through traffic accidents, slips and falls, or defective products, if you have been injured through no fault of your own, let us evaluate your case.
  • Premises Liability If you have sustained injuries at a hotel, restaurant, parking lot, school, mall or in some other building where you were entitled to be, you may be entitled to compensation.
  • Product Liability Claims Serious injury or even death can result from poorly-designed or risky products. Contact us for a no-obligation consultation.



  • Michigan State University/James Madison College (B.A. – 1983)
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School (J.D. cum laude – 1985)

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1986
  • Indiana, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1991


  • Michigan Bar Association, Indiana Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Michigan Association for Justice
  • Asbestos/Mesothelioma Trial Lawyers Association Top 10
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
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