David M Kelly

Partner at Kelly IP

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. In 2018 the Legal 500 US named Mr Kelly as a Leading Lawyer, Legal 500’s top category, in both trademark litigation and non-contentious matters for the 11th consecutive year. Only nine  US lawyers were named in each category, and during the past decade Mr Kelly was either the only US lawyer or one of two lawyers named in both categories. In 2017 Mr Kelly was named to the inaugural Legal 500 Hall of Fame – only 11 US trademark lawyers were recognised, with Mr Kelly the only lawyer named for both trademark litigation and trademark non-contentious.

According to Legal 500, clients describe him as “a leader in the field”, “a superstar”, “an outstanding trademark litigator” and “an exceptionally bright and thoughtful advocate.” Clients also look to Mr Kelly for strategic advice based on his reputation as being “full of business savvy” and “a source of much practical advice… that understands our business in a way that most lawyers don’t”.

In 2018 WTR 1000 named Mr Kelly one of the top 10 lawyers nationwide for both trademark enforcement and litigation and trademark prosecution and strategy. According to WTR 1000, he is “arguably the best trademark practitioner in the country”; a lawyer who “maintains strong relationships with massive brands and has built a stunning firm around him”; “has a fantastically clear grasp of things and is an eminently practical and skilled negotiator" whose "substantial proficiency and estimable business acumen single him out in the field”; and "his real-world advice doesn't elevate law above business". Mr Kelly has been similarly recognised by IP Stars, WIPR and others.

Before co-founding Kelly IP, Mr Kelly practised for 26 years at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, chairing the trademark group for many years.

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

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