Christopher G Kelly is the Practice Group Leader at Holland & Knight for the 32-member Litigation Group in New York. He focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation including aviation defense, defense of mass and toxic torts, product liability, class-actions (consumer, labor/employment, data privacy and cybersecurity) and insurance. In addition, Mr Kelly has an international reputation for pioneering innovative and cost-effective strategies for risk minimization in both litigation and corporate transactions. His clients include domestic airlines, international carriers, food and chemical manufacturers, domestic and foreign insurers, and public and private companies in the professional and consumer services industries. Mr Kelly has particular experience in representing clients facing potentially catastrophic liabilities; since 1990 he has successfully guided domestic and foreign clients to resolution, through trial, arbitration, negotiation or mediation of dozens of highly publicized claims that in total sought more than $8 billion in damages. Mr Kelly is ranked in Chambers USA, where clients noted in particular his ability to "navigate problems large and small effectively."
Mr Kelly has represented international air carriers in multi-district litigation arising out of mass torts and crashes. He has handled accidents due to fuel exhaustion, passenger claims for emergency landings, airport construction contracts and state attorney general investigations into the conduct of airlines. In addition, he was the lead counsel for a US domestic airline in its nationwide privacy class-action litigations and has represented clients across the country as lead and trial counsel in class actions in state and federal courts involving product liability, environmental litigation and general commercial litigation. Mr Kelly has also represented multiple equipment lessors and guarantors in the successful resolution of secured claims involving aviation equipment.
- Duke University School of Law, J.D.
- Haverford College, B.A., with honors