David M Kelly

Partner at Kelly IP

David M Kelly has represented clients in trademark, copyright and unfair competition issues for over 35 years, focusing on litigation, disputes and strategic counselling.

Mr Kelly has long been recognised as one of the country’s elite trademark lawyers. In 2020 WTR 1000 named him one of the top 10 lawyers nationwide for trademark litigation (fifth consecutive year) and trademark prosecution/strategy (third consecutive year), one of only a few lawyers named to both categories. According to client feedback, Mr Kelly is “arguably the best trademark practitioner in the country”; “the man to call” for “make-or-break disputes”; “smart as a whip and always 10 steps ahead of his rivals”, “he thinks outside of the box to deliver ingenious solutions”; “he has an uncanny ability to immediately reach the right conclusion on something – he doesn’t need time to process things”; “one of the best . . . at coming up with creative solutions that precisely fit a brand’s needs”; “strategic, thoughtful and responsive, and continues to raise the bar for what it means to be an excellent external partner”; a lawyer who “maintains strong relationships with massive brands and has built a stunning firm around him”; and “his real-world advice doesn’t elevate law above business”.

Also in 2020 The Legal 500 US named Mr Kelly as a Leading Lawyer, its top category, for both trademark litigation and non-contentious matters for the 13th consecutive year. Only 10 or so US lawyers were named in each category. In 2017 Mr Kelly was inducted into the inaugural Legal 500 Hall of Fame for both trademark categories. According to Legal 500 feedback, clients describe Mr Kelly as “a leader in the field”, “a superstar”, “an outstanding trademark litigator”, “among the market leaders in trademark disputes” and “an exceptionally bright and thoughtful advocate”. Mr Kelly has also been recognised as an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property for 10 consecutive years. IP Stars feedback includes that Mr Kelly is a “leader in the field”, a “superstar” and has “unparalleled knowledge and experience in trademark litigation and TTAB cases”.

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Kelly IP
1300 19th Street NW
Suite 300
Washington DC 20036
United States

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