JENNIFER E. KELLY’s practice focuses primarily on representing plaintiffs in antitrust, consumer protection, and product liability class action cases. Since joining the firm, Ms. Kelly has been part of teams that successfully pursued claims by consumers against banks for unlawful mortgage foreclosures and overdraft fees, by homeowners against defective wood and window manufacturers, and by automobile dealers against auto parts manufacturers.
Prior to joining Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca, LLP, Ms. Kelly prosecuted and settled more than 100 cases of fraudulent use of National Red Cross trademarks as a volunteer attorney for the organization. While working at another Washington, D.C. law firm, Ms. Kelly oversaw more than 50 Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Act regulatory filings with the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, including filings involving “Second Requests,” filings after a failure to file was detected, and filings with foreign competition authorities. Ms. Kelly’s legal practice has also included providing antitrust counseling to businesses, and investigating white collar crime and government contracting fraud allegations.
While in law school, in addition to working full time as a paralegal, Ms. Kelly volunteered as a Student Attorney, arguing fraud cases before both the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and the Maryland District Court for Montgomery County. In the latter court she was successful at obtaining a judgment, on behalf of a Spanish-speaking client, in connection with a telemarketing fraud scheme.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Kelly served as a Legislative Assistant for Senator Robert C. Byrd. In this position, she worked to reestablish West Virginia State College’s eligibility to receive its share of federal and state funds available for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. She also helped Senator Byrd pursue federal investigation into and recognition of Gulf War Syndrome.
Ms. Kelly’s community activities have included reading with elementary students in the Everybody Wins! When Adults Read with Children program; and volunteer activities as part of the Hands On DC and DC Cares programs. She has also been active with the Runnymede Singers, a community choral group that performs for senior citizens in the DC area.
Ms. Kelly was named a 2015 and 2016 Rising Star by Super Lawyers for the Washington, D.C. area.