Jessica Gray Kelly

Jessica Gray Kelly

Partner

Overview & Experience

Jessica G. Kelly is an experienced litigator who helps clients resolve complex business, real estate, and professional malpractice disputes and disciplinary investigations.

A partner in the firm’s Litigation Department and chair of its Pro Bono Practice Group, she represents clients across various industries, such as finance, biotech, and national retail. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Complex Commercial Litigation Council. A longtime supporter of the PAIR Project, Jessica has obtained asylum for three clients and in 2015 was recognized as PAIR’s Pro Bono Asylum Attorney of the Year. She was named a Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly “Up and Coming” Lawyer and has been recognized as a rising star by the National Law Journal, Connecticut Law Tribune, and  Benchmark Litigation.

After law school, Jessica was law clerk to the Hon. Donald G. Alexander, Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Before law school, Jessica worked as a Victim Witness Advocate for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. She is conversant in Spanish and has completed 12 marathons, including Boston, Chicago, Cape Cod, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. She ran the 2018 Boston Marathon for My Life My Choice and the 2016 Boston Marathon for the Martin Richard Foundation.

 

Experience

  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of landlord on a claim by tenant arising from a roof collapse
  • Beneficiaries of real estate trust in a dispute over the sale of property in Boston
  • Authored amicus brief on behalf of NAIOP Massachusetts, Real Estate Bar Association, and the Abstract Club, in landmark SJC decision in Sudbury v. MBTA, holding that the prior public use doctrine is inapplicable when land owned by a public entity is conveyed to a private entity for a different use
  • Obtained dismissal of Chapter 21E (hazardous materials) claims against national retailer
  • Solar developer in zoning appeal dispute concerning easement on private property
  • Aviation company in Chapter 30A wetlands permit the appeal to Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
  • Commercial landlords and tenants in leasing matters, including force majeure disputes
  • Condominium trust in claims arising from a defective roof
  • Obtained summary judgment for doctors on claims brought by former medical practice
  • Nationals retailers in vendors disputes
  • Educational institution in an easement and boundary dispute in Massachusetts Land Court
  • Hedge funds and their investment manager in claims against funds’ former third party administrator
  • Summary judgment granted for client, a biotech company, against claims of misappropriation of trade secrets by a competitor
  • Summary judgment granted for client, a national retailer, against claims brought by third-party business brokers
  • Town in an appeal to the Massachusetts Housing Appeals Committee, appealing decision of Chapter 40B housing
  • Quasi-public finance agency in claims by a guarantor and obtaining summary judgment that was affirmed by the Massachusetts Appeals Court
  • Insurance company in coverage dispute and unfair insurance practices claim
  • Defending lawyers and law firms in legal malpractice claims; obtaining full and partial summary judgment
  • Defending lawyers in disciplinary investigations before the Board of Bar Overseers
Insights & Activities

Accolades

  • Listed as a Rising Star by Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • Massachusetts Lawyer Weekly Excellence in the Law “Up and Coming Lawyer”
  • The National Law Journal and Connecticut Law Tribune Boston Rising Star 2015
  • PAIR Project Pro Bono Asylum Attorney 2015
  • Mass Bar Association Volunteer Recognition Award
  • Jurisprudence and Best Brief Award, presented by Suffolk University Law School
  • Included in 2019 Benchmark Litigation 40 and Under Hot List

Speaking Engagements & Publications

Community Involvement

  • Political Asylum Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project
    • 2015 Pro Bono Asylum Attorney of the Year
  • Chair of firm’s United Way workplace campaign
  • Needham Youth Soccer Coach