phone icon
Photograph of Kelly C. Wolford

Kelly C. Wolford


Kelly C. Wolford is a partner in the personal injury law firm of Powers & Santola, LLP. Kelly joined the firm in September, 2017 as the resident partner of the firm’s new Rochester, NY office. Kelly’s practice is limited to the representation of seriously or catastrophically injured individuals and their families, and child sexual abuse cases


Albany, New York


Learn More About Kelly
Prior to becoming a partner at Powers & Santola, Kelly was an Assistant District Attorney in the Monroe County (Rochester) District Attorney’s Office for 20 years. During her two decades as a prosecutor Kelly prosecuted many of Monroe County’s most violent offenders.

As First Assistant District Attorney she worked hand in hand with local law enforcement on homicide investigations, helping build cases that ultimately resulted in the arrest and conviction of dozens of murderers. She is known in Rochester not only for her trial skills, but also as an accomplished appellate lawyer. Kelly has argued numerous cases before New York’s highest court, the New York State Court of Appeals, the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

In December 2014, Kelly was recognized by the Rochester Police Department Rosewood Club for her dedication and service to the Rochester community in connection with her prosecution of a man convicted of murdering two people and shooting a Rochester Police Sergeant in broad daylight on a city street.

Important Information
Kelly is a former Monroe County Court Judge who also presided over Monroe County Family Court. She is a frequent lecturer for the New York State Prosecutor’s Training Institute and local law enforcement training programs. Kelly is a member of the Monroe County Bar Association, the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys, and the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Kelly is a graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law and Allegheny College. She lives with her husband, Jim, and their three children in Webster, New York.

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice – Hospital/Doctors
  • Medical Malpractice – Delayed Cancer Diagnosis
  • Construction/Work Place Accidents (Plaintiffs)
  • Serious/Catastrophic Injury (Plaintiffs)
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents (Plaintiffs)


  • University of Dayton School of Law – Juris Doctor, 1995
  • Allegheny College – Bachelor of Arts, Political Science/History, 1992

Bar Admissions

  • New York State Bar, 1997
  • United States Supreme Court, 2009
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2007
  • Federal District Court for the Western District of New York, 2008
  • Ohio State Bar, 1995 (Currently inactive)
Best Lawyers in America
Super Lawyers top 10
AVVO rating 10.0 superb
The National Trail Lawyers
Best Lawyers Best Law firms  in 2022
Top Verdict and Settlement 2017
Multi-Millionaire Dollar Advocate Firm

location map