Kelly Knapp

Kelly Knapp

San Francisco, California

Speaking Engagements:

  • “Continuing Care Retirement Communities –Cashing in on False Promises”, May 9, 2017, CAOC Elder Abuse Round Table, San Francisco, CA
  • "Using Class Actions to Reform Prisons and Long-Term Care Facilities", March 14, 2017, CAOC and SFTLA 11th Annual Class Action and Mass Torts Seminar.
  • "Strategies for Jail Mental Health Care Reform," 2016, California Association of Mental Health Patients' Rights Advocates Annual Award Ceremony
  • "New Directions: Affirmative Litigation and Policy-Making Strategies for Challenging the Carceral State," 2016, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • "Introduction to Prison and Jail Conditions,” 2015, Stanford Law School, Religious Liberties Clinic,
  • “The Impact of Plata v. Brown in Prison Reform Litigation," 2012,  UCLA School of Law, David J Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy
  • "The Salience of Race in the Context of Hurricane Katrina," 2007, American Bar Association Coalition on Ethnic and Racial Justice Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions - Plaintiff
  • Elder Law
  • Nursing Home Abuse

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit


  • UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - Public Interest Law and Policy Specialization, Critical Race Studies Specialization - 2007
  • Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • B.S. - 1998
    • Major: Psychology

Published Works

  • "Know the Score", Trial Magazine, December, 2017

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star 2016, 2017
  • California Bar Foundation Public Interest Scholarship 2006

Past Employment Positions

  • Prison Law Office, Berkeley, California, Staff Attorney, 2008 - 2016
  • ACLU of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, Law Clerk, Summers 2007 and 2005
  • Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office, Los Angeles, California, Law Clerk, Summer 2006
  • Disability Rights California, Los Angeles, California, Law Clerk, 2005 - 2006
  • Jail Psychiatric Services, San Francisco, California, Case Manager, 2001 - 2004
  • Florence Crittenton Residential Treatment Facility, San Francisco, California, Primary Counselor, 1999 - 2000
  • Super lawyers
  • SFTLA | San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • The BAR association of San Francisco
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • CANHR | Elder Justice Advocates