About Kelly Francis

Attorney and Founding Partner

Attorney James Kelly Francis is a Founding Partner of the law firm Kirwin & Francis, LLP.  He focuses his practice on personal injury, employment law, business disputes, and other civil litigation matters.  He is originally from Texas, and moved to Southern California over 30 years ago. 

Educational Background

Mr. Francis graduated with honors from Texas A&M University, receiving a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. He then worked in the healthcare and financial services industries before attending law school.  He earned his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas. Mr. Francis was admitted to practice law in California in 1993, as well as in Texas in 1994.

Professional Employment

Mr. Francis began his legal career at a boutique law firm in Santa Barbara, California, which specialized in civil litigation.  His diverse practice included areas such as personal injury, employment law, products liability, landlord-tenant, business disputes, fraud cases, and construction defect .  Mr. Francis then opened his own law firm in Ventura, California, to focus his skills on personal injury, employment, and business law matters. He has litigated cases in both state and federal Courts, handled several appeals in both California appellate courts and the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, and tried numerous wage and hour matters before the California Labor Commissioner.

In 2016, Mr. Francis joined forces with Mark Kirwin to create Kirwin & Francis, LLP, to serve the legal needs of their community.  In particular, Mr. Francis assists numerous individuals, professionals, and small businesses in various suits, ranging from personal injury cases, employment disputes,  wrongful termination and discrimination claims, breaches of contract, as well as other general civil litigation matters.  He provides his clients with aggressive, results-driven legal representation and a commitment to excellence in his practice. He treats each client’s matter with the same care and diligence as if it were his own, and offers the highest standards of customer service to each of his clients.  

Admitted to the following Federal Courts:

  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • State Bar of California #167059
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Ventura County Bar Association