Kelly D. Hancock
Kelly D. Hancock was born in Spokane, Washington. He received his undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Washington in 1971 and his law degree with honors from Florida State University in 1975. He served as an Assistant State Attorney in Florida from 1975 – 1989 and as Chief of the Homicide Division of Broward County from 1982 to 1989.
Kelly has personally prosecuted some of South Florida’s most well-publicized murder trials. Four of his trials were featured on the syndicated television program “On Trial”. The television movie, Murder or Mercy, was based on one of his most celebrated trials. He appeared on “20/20”, “60 Minutes”, and “Prime Time Live” and was named by South Florida Magazine as “Best Prosecutor in South Florida.”
Kelly left the State Attorney’s Office in 1989 to move to the private sector. With a desire to continue representing victims, he joined the Firm as an associate in 1992, and became a partner in 1994.
He is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Broward County Bar Association and the Florida Bar. He is also licensed to practice in the District of Columbia, New York Bar and Washington State Bar. Kelly has consistently received an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is the highest rating given by this publication. Kelly is actively involved with the Broward County Trial Lawyers’ Association, the Southern Trial Lawyers’ Association, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.
Kelly is a member of the Broward Christian Lawyers’ Association and was a Deacon at Coral ridge Presbyterian Church. He also served on the Board of Advisors for Pine Crest Preparatory School, the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of Florida, and the Board of Visitors for the Florida State University College of Law. He is a member of America’s Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement. He received the prestigious Lynn Futch Professional Award from the Broward County Bar and the Award for Perseverance from the Florida Justice Association.
Kelly was selected to be listed in the exclusive publication, The Best Lawyers in America since 2006. He was chosen by his peers as one of the “Best in the Bar” in South Florida and has been continuously included in Florida Super Lawyers.