Fan Li and Matthew DellaBetta Named Partner at Kelley|Uustal Trial Attorneys

Fan Li (left) and Matthew DellaBetta

The Kelley|Uustal law firm is pleased to announce that attorneys Fan Li and Matthew DellaBetta have been promoted to partner.

"Both Fan and Matthew have certainly made significant contributions as exceptional trial attorneys," said founding partner John Uustal.

Added Managing Partner Peter Spillis, "Fan and Matthew are extraordinary talents and we are proud to welcome them into the partnership."

Li joined Kelley|Uustal in 2021. He previously worked for five years as an assistant public defender in Miami-Dade, where he tried more than 60 jury and bench trials ranging from misdemeanors to attempted murder. In addition, he spearheaded several impact litigation projects, including a constitutional challenge of the police's use of marijuana odor as the sole basis for the arrest and search of Floridians.

Since entering civil practice, Li, a graduate of Harvard Law School, won an issue of first impression in the Nevada Supreme Court against the tobacco industry. Li was a member of the trial team that secured an $82.6 million verdict for international rap star Flo Rida in a breach-of-contract lawsuit against publicly traded beverage company Celsius. He is currently litigating against several Fortune 500 companies in five states, and recently commenced a federal declaratory judgment action on a novel issue of Florida law.

Passionate about racial and criminal justice, Li serves on the Florida Bar's Criminal Procedure Rules Committee and continues to work on pro bono projects close to his heart.

DellaBetta focuses on complex business litigation, class actions, catastrophic personal injury, and wrongful death matters in federal and state courts throughout the country. DellaBetta has represented individuals and corporations in product liability, negligence, consumer fraud, RICO, breach of contract, and deceptive/unfair trade practice claims.

DellaBetta has substantial state and federal trial experience, including the Flo Rida case.

Prior to joining Kelley|Uustal, DellaBetta served as the Deputy Chief of the Violent Crimes and Gangs section for the United States Attorney's Office in the District of Maryland in Baltimore. 

As an Assistant United States Attorney, DellaBetta led successful investigations of violent criminal enterprises and drug cartels. During his career, DellaBetta prosecuted numerous racketeering, murder, kidnapping, sex trafficking, tax fraud, money laundering, and narcotics offenses.

DellaBetta earned his J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where he won both the moot court and trial advocacy tournaments. DellaBetta is licensed to practice in Florida and New York. He is a member of the Florida Justice Association, Miami-Dade Trial Lawyers Association, and Miami-Dade Bar Association.

Kelley|Uustal ( is a Fort Lauderdale-based law firm focusing on catastrophic injury, wrongful death, and high-end commercial litigation. The firm can be reached at (954) 522-6601.  

Source: Kelley|Uustal

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