Floridian native, Kelly Hyman is a distinguished lawyer with an impeccable history of serving at the corridors of justice. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of California, Los Angeles and Juris Doctor Cum Laude from the University of Florida College Of Law. While studying at UCLA, Kelly was an intern in the White House, Office of Presidential Inquiries. The Legal Analyst, Attorney, and Advocate currently works in Colorado. She is highly adept at mass tort litigation and consumer class action lawsuits and has successfully represented clients.
Kelly has been a keynote speaker at various functions, where she regularly speaks about best practices and the importance of mindfulness. Kelly Hyman is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, Florida Bar and the American Association for Justice (AAJ). Between 2017 and 2018, she serve as the president of the Federal Bar Association, Palm Beach Chapter. Before joining the legal profession, Kelly was an actress. A recap of her filmography reveals key roles in the 1988 movie “Doin’ Time on Planet Earth” and the TV pilot “Getting There” and “The Young and the Restless”. Through her acting, she was nomination for Youth in Film award for her act in the Young and the Restless.
How did you get involved in the law practice?
I developed an interest in the legal profession in the 90’s while I was still an actress. I studied law at the University of Florida College of Law after obtaining my bachelor’s degree from UCLA.
Did you ever doubt your business idea?
The career is highly rewarding and personally fulfilling even though it can be intellectually challenging when you are starting out. I have never doubted in my mind the decision to practice law. My firm is one of the most successful legal practices in Colorado.
Did you have a mentor?
Yes, I do. The mentorship has been instrumental in promoting my personal and professional growth.
Do you harbor any regrets about your career choices?
I must submit my career choices show steady progression. My 25 years stint as an actress in New York and California saw me appear in various TV commercials, TV shows and movies. The passion to succeed in the highly competitive entertainment industry kept me going. Today, I am grateful to become a leading advocate for women in law and a mentor.
Which business leaders do you admire most?
I really admire Oprah Winfrey. Oprah needs no introduction; although her talk show is no longer on air, she created a media empire and remains influential to date. Warren Buffett, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway also makes it to my list of admirable business leaders.
What is the most important aspect of your brand?
A successful legal practice that wants to stand out must work out ways to expand its reach and build a positive image. Being a member of various legal associations has afforded me the opportunity to learn from others and share my expertise. The associations include the Florida Bar, Washington DC Bar, Colorado Bar and the American Association for Justice.
What motivates you?
Advocating for women in the legal profession is something I hold dear to my heart. To make huge strides, I am especially keen on inspiring, empowering and uniting women. I recently co-hosted the Alliance for Women Trial Lawyers Fall 2018 conference in New Orleans and spoke at strength about powerful engagement in the courtroom and communication.
How do you unwind?
I enjoy spending time with my husband and traveling.
Do you have any advice for our readers?
The law practice can be hugely rewarding to attorney’s starting out. The benefits include flexibility, high earning potential, and diverse practice areas. With the education and experience, lawyers can help others and transfer their skills. However, becoming a good attorney demands some sacrifices. You must go out of your way to develop great communication skills, accept failure as part often package and establish a well-meaning professional network.