Reed W. Kellner graduated from the University of Buffalo in 1978 with Honors and received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Buffalo School of Law in 1981.  Concentrating in medical malpractice defense, Mr. Kellner has lectured for various hospitals, physicians and insurance groups.   He was a member and past President of the Florida Medical Malpractice Claims Counsel, Inc.  He is also a member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Florida Defense Lawyers Association.  He was selected to be a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (President 2018-2019).

Mr. Kellner is active in civic affairs, having served as a member of the Guardian Ad Litem Program for the Palm Beach County Bar Association and as an Advisory Board member of Sunfest of Palm Beach County.  He has served on the Board of Trustees of Palms West Hospital, the Board of Rebekah’s House, and the Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Wellington (President – 2007).

Mr. Kellner received his Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating in 2006.  The “AV” designation represents the highest rating for legal ability and adherence to ethical standards, professional reliability, and diligence.

Mr. Kellner joined Adams | Coogler in 1983, becoming a shareholder in 1989.


  • Florida Bar


  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Architecture and Environmental Design
    • B.A.  –   May 1978
    • Major:  Environmental Design and Planning
    • Minor:  Environmental Studies and Science
    • Cum Laude Graduate
    • Outstanding Student Award, Rachel Carson College/State
  • University of New York at Buffalo (1976 – 1977 school year)
    • State University of New York at Buffalo
    • School of Law and Jurisprudence
    • J.D. degree awarded May 1981
    • Seagrant Law Fellowship (summer 1979) – Paid summer Fellowship to research and write for the Seagrant Law and Policy Journal with related review and editing responsibilities for the Buffalo Law Review.

Additional Information


  • Florida Bar Association (1981 through present)
  • American Bar Association
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • Florida Medical Malpractice Claims Counsel of South Florida (1988 through 1998)(President – 1993)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) – Palm Beach County Chapter
    • Associate Member – 2006 through present
    • President– 2018–2019
  • Martindale Hubbell – AV Rating


  • Publication: Project Pipewatch – A systematic compilation of effluent discharge into the waters of Erie County, New York. Distributed by Buffalo University (1978)
  • Publication: Drinking Water and Public Health, IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST, Vol. 1, No. 1, 1979 Buffalo Public Interest Law Center

Speaking Engagements

  • Legal lecturer – Taught at numerous continuing legal education seminars on topics of medical malpractice, litigation and related topics
  • Numerous lectures and talks regarding issues of risk management and medical malpractice for hospitals, hospital staff, physicians, nurses and insurance companies
  • Presentation Topic, Organization, Year

Community Involvement

  • Palms West Hospital – Board of Trustees (1994 – 1999)
  • Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County – Wellington Club Board (1997 – present) (Distinguished Lifetime Board Member Award 2018) (National Service to Youth Award from Boys & Girls Clubs of America – 2012)
  • Rebecca’s House – Board Member – West Palm Beach home for abused women


When taking a break from the practice of law, Mr. Kellner enjoys playing tennis, spending time outdoors, and spending time with his family.

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