Jessica Gray Kelly

Jessica Gray Kelly


Overview & Experience

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

As 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.

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


  • Representing developers in zoning and permitting appeals
  • Representing aviation company in wetlands permit appeal
  • Representing national retailer in Superfund litigation
  • Representing retailer in vendor dispute
  • Real estate title litigation in land court
  • Drafted 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
  • Representing hedge funds and their investment manager in claims against funds’ former third party administrator
  • Defending biotech company against claims of misappropriation of trade secrets by competitor
  • Defending national retailer against claims brought by third party business brokers
  • Defending town in appeal to administrative agency of a decision of the town’s zoning board of appeals
  • Defending quasi-public finance agency in claims by guarantor and obtaining summary judgment that was affirmed by the Massachusetts Appeals Court
  • Defending insurance company in coverage dispute and unfair insurance practices claim
  • Advising and representing businesses in employment matters
  • Defending lawyers and law firms in malpractice claims; obtaining full and partial summary judgment
  • Defending lawyers in disciplinary investigations before the Board of Bar Overseers
Insights & Activities


  • 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