Attorney and legal analyst, Kelly Hyman is an expert in mass tort and class actions. She currently practices at the respected Frank D. Azar & Associates, P.C. The quest for justice and fairness has seen Kelly represent hundreds of claimants in various state and federal courts. The cases she represents include faulty product, tobacco and water contamination among others. At the federal courts, Kelly Hyman has been part of a multi-district discovery committee tasked with adjudicating mass tort projects. She is also a distinct member of various professional associations, including the Colorado Bar Association, The Florida Bar Association and the Federal Bar.
Using her vast training, experience and network, Kelly has been called to speak at various forums to discuss issues like medical device litigation, reinforcing mindfulness and improvements for attorneys. For her education, Kelly attended the University of California and holds a Bachelor’s in Communication. She went on to obtain a Juris Doctor in Levin College of Law based at the University of Florida. Kelly previously served as a Federal Law Clerk under the current governor of Nevada and former attorney, Judge Brian Sandoval. She is married to bankruptcy Judge Paul Hyman, who serves in the Southern District of Florida and is the daughter of the former Miami Beach Mayor.
1- Hello Kelly, Can you please introduce yourself?
I am an attorney versed in mass tort and class actions. I obtained my JD from the famed University of Florida. I am currently practicing law at the Colorado based Frank D. Azar & Associates Law Firm. I joined the practice in August 2018. Between 2010 and 2018, I served as an attorney at Podhurst, Orseck, Barranco & Kircher and later Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barhart & Shipley.
2- What are your focus areas and why?
My focus areas include mass tort and class actions. I have successfully pursed a number of individual actions and claims in areas like tobacco, water contamination and bladder slings.
3- Can you describe your career journey in a few words?
My career journey has been long and rewarding. After graduating with a Juris Doctor, I was a law clerk. I am currently at Frank D. Azar & Associates Law Firm, where I focus on mass tort and class actions. Besides representing clients in various cases, I continue to attend and speak at various professional forums.
4- What is your advice to those just starting with the legal practice?
Once you have graduated from law school and are ready to kick start your career in the legal profession, it is best to find a niche within your areas of specialty. This way you get to sharpen your skills and become a valuable member of your law firm. You also need to work very hard.
5- Do you think your mindset has anything to do with your success?
It truly does because you need time commitment and intellect to make it through law school. From the moment I decided to pursue law, I always had my sights set on what I wanted to achieve. I did it by working hard to improve my personal attributes and abilities.
6- If you could turn the time, what would you love to change in your career?
I have my hands full working as an attorney. My profession is fulfilling in many ways. For instance, I get to serve people with different legal needs and work with professionals that I admire and look up to.
7- What is the “one-word” advice you will give to our readers when it comes to making clients happy and succeeding?
Listen. Listen to your clients.
8- Seeing the industry changes, what are you most excited about?
A number of developments are shaping the legal industry. I am excited about multi-generational workforce and virtual law firms. The latter involves the use of efficient web-based softwares that support remote operations. The import of multi-generational workforce can help create a cohesive cross-generational work environment that perfectly matches the dynamics of today’s changing workforce.
9- What are your final thoughts?
I always like to say that an attorney who is beholden to the people he or she represents is in a position to provide a piece of mind that no amount of dollars or cents can buy.