Managing Partner - Kelly IP LLP
David Kelly has represented clients in trademark, copyright and unfair competition issues for more than 30 years, with a focus on litigation, disputes and strategic counselling.
Mr Kelly is consistently recognised as one of the country’s top trademark lawyers for both contentious and non-contentious matters. In 2016 the WTR 1000 named Mr Kelly for the third year in a row as one of the top 27 lawyers nationally for trademark enforcement and litigation, as one of only six gold status lawyers for enforcement and litigation and one of only nine gold status lawyers for prosecution and strategy in the Washington DC area. In 2016, for the ninth year in a row, The Legal 500 US named Mr Kelly as a leading lawyer – its top category awarded to less than 10 lawyers nationwide – in both trademark litigation and non-contentious trademark matters. From 2009 to 2013, he was the only US trademark lawyer to be named a leading lawyer in both categories. Mr Kelly has been similarly recognised by Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars, Expert Guides, Chambers and Partners, Super Lawyers, the World Intellectual Property Review and others.
Clients describe Mr Kelly as “an outstanding trademark litigator”; “an exceptionally bright and thoughtful advocate”; “full of business savvy”; “a source of much practical advice…that understands our business in a way that most lawyers don’t”; "fantastic and practical"; and a "superb lawyer" with a "transnational reputation" who "is massively experienced, has a fantastically clear grasp of things and is an eminently practical and skilled negotiator". Mr Kelly is the recipient of two Burton Awards for excellence in legal writing. Before co-founding Kelly IP, he practised for 26 years at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP in Washington DC. He served as chair of Finnegan’s Trademark and Copyright Practice Group for most of his 20-plus years as a partner there.
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