Lindsay Kelly

Lindsay Kelly

Special Counsel, Irell & Manella LLP

Lindsay Kelly is Special Counsel in the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella LLP. Ms. Kelly's practice encompasses complex commercial litigation, including patent litigation, at both the trial court and appellate levels, as well as government investigations and white collar criminal defense. 

Prior to joining Irell, Ms. Kelly was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, where she specialized in intellectual property and computer crimes. During her time as a prosecutor, Ms. Kelly served as lead counsel or co-counsel on five trials, including four jury trials, was lead author of several appellate briefs, and argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Ms. Kelly also presented on trademark counterfeiting at training sessions for federal agents and prosecutors, and received awards from the heads of several government agencies and Inspectors General offices. 

Previously, Ms. Kelly practiced at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel PLLC in Washington, D.C., where she worked on complex commercial litigation, internal corporate investigations, and matters before the U.S. Supreme Court. At her previous firm, Ms. Kelly served as co-counsel on two trials and was a team member on a large patent infringement jury trial.

Ms. Kelly served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Paul R. Michel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Prior to law school, Ms. Kelly worked as a strategic management consultant. Ms. Kelly is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

  • University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 2005).
    Stout Scholar for Law and Entrepreneurship; Executive Editor, University of Chicago Legal Forum; Editor, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy
  • University of Chicago Booth School of Business (M.B.A., 2005).
    Concentrations in Finance, Accounting. University of Chicago Alumni Association Scholar
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S., Biology, B.S., History, 1998).
    Concentration in Economics.


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