Monica R. Kelly, Attorney-at-Law

Doctor of Jurisprudence
Former Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales
+1 312 973-0146 

Monica Kelly brings an invaluable perspective to the clients of Ribbeck Law because of her previous experience as in-house counsel for one of the world’s largest insurance companies – Liberty Mutual Insurance Group. There she represented local and international clients such as Northwest Airlines, UPS, IBM, Red Lobster, The Field Museum of Natural History, Evanston Hospital, McNeal Hospital, and CSX. That experience provides immeasurable insight to clients by enabling Ribbeck Law lawyers to understand the way insurance companies and corporations perceive claims before and after a catastrophic incident. Ms. Kelly has the distinct advantage of having worked for both the plaintiffs and the defense. This provides invaluable knowledge of the inner workings of insurance companies which comes only after having worked for a large international corporation such as Liberty Mutual Insurance Group.

Much has been written about Ms. Kelly and her legal strategies. Her opponents, who are not on the side of the families but on the side of the big corporations, have used some tactics to try to stop her from pursuing the most aggressive representation of her clients. However, Ms. Kelly will never stop representing to the best of her abilities the clients who have put their trust in her.

In more than a decade of working with Ribbeck Law, Monica Kelly has tirelessly championed the cause of her clients whether it be in court or in negotiating settlements which were substantially beneficial for the clients. Ms. Kelly has relentlessly pursued every course of action possible to make sure that her clients receive the highest amount of compensation allowed by law. Ms. Kelly has been involved in litigating cases against the big airline companies, aircraft manufacturers, and component part manufacturers. She has been involved in negotiating the claims of clients from all over the world dealing with multinational insurance and reinsurance companies. Ms.Kelly understands the difficulties and challenges of bringing a case in American courts arising out of accidents outside the United States territory. Ms. Kelly has extensive experience representing families who are not residents or citizens of the USA, who have lost loved ones in tragic accidents outside the USA, and against airlines that are not based in the USA. Her personal approach to each and every client’s claim ensures that her clients receive the utmost care and attention to their individual needs. Ms.Kelly personally meets with each family and provides them with her personal cellular number as she wants to be available to her clients at all times. She visits her clients multiple times during the duration of the case in their native countries. Ms. Kelly provides the families not only with legal advice in this horrific time, but she is also a very compassionate person who counsels the families on how to cope with the tragic incident as it relates to their day-to-day lives.

Ms. Kelly has represented families involved in the following aviation disasters around the world:

Flydubai Flight 981, March 19, 2016, Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Metrojet Flight 9268, October 31, 2015, Sinai, Egypt
Turkish Airlines Flight TK726, March 4, 2015, Katmandu, Nepal
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, March 8, 2014, Indian Ocean
Lao Airlines Flight 301, October 16, 2013, Pakse, Laos
Asiana Airlines Flight 214, July 7, 2013, San Francisco, California
Scat Airlines Flight 760, January 29, 2013, Kazakhstan
Learjet LJ25, December 9, 2012, Sierra de Iturbide, Mexico
Dana Air Flight 992, June 3, 2012, Nigeria
Costa Concordia, January 13, 2012, Italy
First Air Flight 6560, August 20, 2011, Resolute, Canada
Caribbean Airlines Flight 523, July 30, 2011, Georgetown, Guyana
Hewa Bora Flight 952, July 8, 2011, Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo
RusAir Flight 9605, June 20, 2011, Petrozavodsk, Russia
Georgia Airways Flight UN834, April 4, 2011, Democratic Republic of Congo
Henan Airlines Flight 8387, August 24, 2010, China
Merpati Airlines Flight 836, April 13, 2010, Indonesia
Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409, January 25, 2010, Lebanon
American Airlines Flight 331, December 22, 2009, Kingston, Jamaica
Turkish Airlines Flight 1951, February 25, 2009, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Aeroflot Flight 821, September 14, 2008, Perm, Russia
Spanair Flight 5022, August 20, 2008, Madrid, Spain
Cessna Caravan, 2008, Chile
AtlasJet Flight 4203, November 30, 2007, Isparta, Turkey
One-Two-Go Flight 269, September 16, 2007, Phuket Island, Thailand
Kenya Airways Flight 507, May 5, 2007, Douala, Cameroon
Garuda Flight 200, March 7, 2007, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Adam Air Flight 574, January 1, 2007, Manado, Indonesia
Gol Airlines Flight 1907, September 29, 2006, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Chalk’s Ocean Airways, December 19, 2005, Miami, Florida, USA
Mandala Airlines Flight 091, September 5, 2005, Medan, Indonesia
Tans Airlines Flight 204, August 23, 2005, Pucallpa, Peru
Lion Air Flight 538, November 30, 2004, Solo, Indonesia
Tol Air 12, July 2004, Virgin Islands
American Eagle Flight 5401, May 9, 2004, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Flash Airlines Flight 604, January 3, 2004, Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt
China Airlines Flight 611, May 25, 2002, Penghu Islands, Taiwan
American Airlines 587, November 12, 2001, Belle Harbor, New York, US

Ms. Wood-Prince attained much of her higher education as a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship through the Institute of International Education (IIE). Fulbright alumni have the distinction of winning more Nobel Prizes than those of any other academic program. After attending the IIE, she earned her Juris Doctor from the illustrious Loyola University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois where she was taught by well-renowned faculty members. Ms. Wood-Prince has also studied law in Peru and Italy.

Ms. Wood-Prince attended the renowned Institute of Legal Practice at Oxford University, enabling her to become Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. In addition, Ms. Wood-Prince has completed several programs at highly-esteemed universities, such as Harvard University, Division of Continuing Education, Professional Development Programs.

Ms. Wood-Prince is a member of The American Bar Association and The Chicago Bar Association.

Ms. Wood-Prince spends her free time taking care of her family and traveling around the world. She enjoys cooking, boxing, and yoga.

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