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"I have an investigative mind and am passionate about systematically and methodically exploring ideas, options, and alternatives; weighing them carefully; and providing well-reasoned advice."



Kelley focuses her practice on power and energy construction disputes and construction contract disputes. She also has experience working on matters involving commercial disputes, medical products liability, and antitrust litigation. Kelley has extensive experience with e-discovery and has managed e-discovery efforts on a wide range of matters, including several very large construction disputes involving massive amounts of data.

Kelley has a strong interest in critical analysis and effective communication of issues and ideas, fostered by her former position as an editorial staff member of the Federal Communications Law Journal and her experience in college athletic media relations. Kelley’s extensive research and analytical capabilities enable her to digest large volumes of complex information and organize and present it in a skilled and effective manner.

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association, Forum on Construction Law

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Barclay Damon’s Women’s Forum
  • Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists

Representative Experience

  • Successfully represented a major general contractor in achieving a favorable resolution in a fiercely contested and highly publicized case involving the Silver Spring Transit Center project in Montgomery County, Maryland. After four weeks of a jury trial, the county dropped its multimillion-dollar claims and agreed to pay our client $3 million on the client's affirmative claims. The case involved highly technical issues regarding concrete construction, schedule analysis, and damages.
  • Co-managed e-discovery efforts with co-counsel for the owner of multiple newly constructed hydroelectric plants in litigation against the turbine generator equipment manufacturer. The litigation, which spanned more than five years and included multiple terabytes of data and more than 70 depositions, settled on the eve of trial.
  • Successfully represented a power plant owner in a dispute involving the construction of a three-turbine hydroelectric power plant in Livingston County, Kentucky. Defended the owner against claims of over $7 million made by an electrical contractor on the project and asserted claims on behalf of the owner against the electrical contractor due to nonconforming work and delays. A favorable settlement of all claims was achieved, resulting in the dismissal of the lawsuit.
  • Represented a not-for-profit wholesale power supplier and services provider in a dispute related to the cancellation of the 960-megawatt coal-fired AMPGS power plant located in Meigs County, Ohio. Our client sued the defendant for $97 million for wanton and reckless breach of the EPC contract. The ensuing litigation was ultimately resolved through mediation.
  • Represented a large Turkish contractor in a dispute with an American engineering, procurement, construction, and project management company over the construction of a US military intelligence facility in Tbilisi, Georgia.
  • Managed the privilege review in an arbitration related to the construction of an electricity-generating facility in California.
  • Reviewed and assessed documents in discovery, including privilege review and deposition preparation, in various antitrust litigations and regulatory inquiries.

Prior Experience

  • Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram, Attorney
  • Multiple Agencies, Contract Attorney
  • Indiana University School of Law, Graduate Research Fellow
  • Iowa Attorney General’s Office Special Litigation Division, Legal Intern
  • Indiana State University, Assistant Athletics Media Relations Director
  • University of Florida Athletic Association, Women’s Sports Information Assistant

Selected Media

  • Must Know Minute™, “SLS Trial Attorneys – This Is How We Do It”
  • The Legal Intelligencer, “Key Decision Points When Planning and Budgeting for E-Discovery Costs in Litigation”
  • Construction Financial Management Association Building Profits, “Plan Ahead: Electronic Document Management in Emergency Situations”

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We're Growing in DC!

We’re excited to announce Barclay Damon’s combination with Washington DC–based Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram. SLS’s 10 lawyers, three paralegals, and four administrative staff will join Barclay Damon while maintaining their current office in DC’s central business district. Our clients will benefit from SLS’s corporate, real estate, finance, and construction litigation experience and national energy-industry profile, and their clients from our full range of services.

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