Kelley is a commercial litigator who helps clients in complex commercial, class action, insurance and other business litigation arenas achieve their business and legal goals.
Kelley has represented clients in a range of trial and appellate matters and all aspects of pretrial litigation, including dispute-resolution strategy, e-discovery efforts, depositions and motion practice, before state and federal courts. His experience extends to drafting trial and appellate briefs, state supreme court writs and responsive papers; and second chairing a trial involving direct and cross examination.
Before joining the firm, Kelley spent nearly four years as an associate in the commercial-litigation and white-collar & government-investigations practices of a global law firm.
Following his first year in law school, Kelley served as the summer clerk for the U.S. SEC, Office of General Counsel, Appellate Litigation Group in Washington, DC researching agency jurisdiction, Dodd-Frank implementation, pervasive fraud and civil penalties for use in appellate briefs. He was the only student in the country selected to work for the Group.
Served as lead counsel on a partnership-dispute case, conducting client interviews, managing discovery and case strategy and developing arguments for dispositive briefing
Global insurance and reinsurance company
Represented in bad-faith claims-handling and coverage- defense matter by drafting trial and appellate briefing, including successful summary-judgment briefing on bad-faith and state-racketeering claims, and Louisiana Supreme Court writs and responses thereto; successful responses to summary-judgment motions on standing, statute of limitations, and ratification affirmative defenses; arguments on certification of interlocutory orders for immediate appeal; and numerous pre-trial Daubert challenges to expert qualifications
Corporate and individual defendants
Achieved release in multimillion dollar case for trade-secrets misappropriation, interference with prospective business relations, breach of contract, copyright infringement, unjust enrichment, racketeering and successor liability. Drafted the jury-verdict form and related responses and objections; motion for judgment as a matter of law; and briefing on punitive damages, litigation expenses, and prejudgment interest
Achieved favorable settlement, resolving $220 million securities fraud class-action claim following preliminary-approval hearing by developing facts disproving causation, including through e-discovery.
Global property and casualty insurance and reinsurance company
Achieved and drafted the terms of a favorable confidential settlement.
International payment-transactions company
Represented in its response to a subpoena in connection with a multibillion dollar antitrust case; prepared review protocol and managed and trained a review team.
Chinese parent company
Represented in a class-action products-liability MDL with over $1 billion in settlement demands.
Local student (pro bono)
Represented during three-day administrative hearing brining Individuals with Disabilities Education Act claims against local public school district.
Regional building-materials firm
Represented against trade-secrets misappropriation claims, including investigating claims through in-person interviews and via digital-forensic expert, drafting all filings in expedited action, coordinating e-discovery efforts, and managing review team.
Privately held manufacturing company
Achieved confidential settlement precluding any liability to vexatious litigant under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
Indigent home owner (pro bono)
Negotiated settlement absolving all liability to the Dallas County taxing body.
Multinational health-care company
Represented against corruption and internal-controls allegations under the FCPA for violations in multiple countries with potential liability exceeding $200 million. Assessed liability under FCPA’s civil and criminal provisions, and provided settlement proposals used in SEC negotiations; reviewed SEC enforcement trends to assist in global settlement efforts; and drafted individual conduct summaries provided to the SEC.
Professional & Civic Activities
Professional & Civic Activities
Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
Practices & Industries
- Texas, 2014
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2014
Brown University, B.A., Economics, 2010
- U.S. SEC, Office of General Counsel, Appellate Litigation Group in Washington, DC