Appointed in 2010 to the American Arbitration Association’s Panel of Neutral Arbitrators.
Founded in 1926, the AAA is one of the oldest and most prestigious conflict resolution organizations in the nation.
AAA arbitrators are held to strict codes of ethics and standards of conduct to ensure fairness and impartiality in every case they hear.
For nearly a decade, Kelly has presided over countless cases–either as a single arbitrator, as a member of a panel of arbitrators, or as a chair of a panel of arbitrators.
The cases before her have been diverse in all respects–small cases, mid-size cases, large cases; matters in which parties have appeared pro se and matters in which lawyers have appeared on their clients’ behalf; cases involving local parties and cases where parties from elsewhere in the country have selected me to decide their dispute.
Kelly routinely presides over pre-trial and evidentiary hearings, resolves discovery disputes, reviews written submissions, makes factual and legal findings, and issues rulings and awards.
For more than twenty years, Kelly has been a litigator at Duane Morris LLP in Center City, Philadelphia. She has managed all aspects of litigation–investigated potential claims; conducted witness interviews; drafted complaints, answers, and dispositive motions; conducted written and oral discovery; selected and prepared expert witnesses; conducted hearings, trials, arbitrations, and other court appearances.
Kelly’s cases have spanned a broad spectrum of matters, including contracts, business torts, commercial and consumer fraud; intellectual property, including trade secrets, copyrights, patents, inventorship and ownership, and computer software license disputes; bankruptcy litigation, including fraudulent transfer and preference claims; employment benefits disputes; class action securities fraud matters; product liability cases.
Kelly regularly advises clients about strategy for dispute resolution. For international clients, she explains the application and effect of US laws and the US legal system.
Professional Leadership Roles and Activities
For more than a decade, Kelly has co-authored the “Contracts” chapter in the prominent commercial litigation treatise, Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts (Second Edition, 2005; Third Edition, 2011; Fourth Edition, 2016).
Kelly serves as a Mediator for landlord-tenant disputes through the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Landlord Tenant Appellate Mediation Program (2010 to present).
Since 2005, Kelly has served as coordinator of her law firm’s participation in a public service program of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and oversees young lawyers’ handling, on a pro bono basis, of a variety of civil rights lawsuits in that court.
Kelly has served as a Guest Lecturer in Commercial Litigation Seminars at Temple Law School, Villanova University School of Law, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She has also spoken at seminars on a wide variety of subjects, including discovery, commercial litigation, effective pre-trial practice, litigation tactics, and legal ethics.