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"My goal is to understand each client’s unique needs and develop practical, real world solutions. Understanding those needs may involve learning all of the complex, component parts of the client’s product, industry or operation. This is how I ensure I’m providing the highest quality service and advice."

Kelly’s practice focuses on construction law, commercial and product liability law, with an emphasis on dispute resolution—including mediation, arbitration, jury and bench trials in state and federal court. She routinely represents

  • Manufacturers of industrial and consumer products in the defense of product liability claims.
  • Owners, tenants, contractors, subcontractors and design professionals in the negotiation and drafting of construction contracts.
  • Construction professionals with respect to OSHA compliance, investigation and citations—from compliance with applicable standards and preparation and review of safety manuals, to inspection preparedness and citation defense.
  • Construction professionals with respect to disputes with licensing and other applicable authorities.
  • Construction professionals with respect to claims and disputes arising from delay and inefficiency, defective work, payment disputes, performance and payment bonds, mechanic’s liens, design and construction and other project related matters.
  • Business owners with respect to business disputes and business tort claims.

In 2017, Kelly was named an ABA Construction Law Forum Diversity Fellow for which she will serve a three year term.  She is an active member of Hirschler’s Associates Committee, vice chair of the Women’s Initiatives Network (WIN at HF), and an editor for the Construction Law Blog.

In August of 2021, Kelly was appointed to the Safety and Health Codes Board by Governor Northam to serve an initial four year term.


Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® for Construction Law, 2021-2024

Named an “Up and Coming” lawyer, Construction, Virginia, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2022-2023

Named a “Rising Star,” Construction, Virginia Super Lawyers, 2018-2023

Named to “Legal Elite” (Construction), Virginia Business, 2015-2022 

American Bar Association Construction Law Forum, Diversity Fellow

  • Best Law Firms 2022
  • Rising Starts 2021
  • Virginia Legal Elite



  • Successfully defended contractor against civil investigative demand issued by the Attorney General under the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act.
  • Represented a Design-Builder against a mechanical subcontractor in a dispute arising from four federal government projects in which the mechanical contractor was seeking damages for delays, disruption and inefficiency. After arbitration, the arbitrator denied all relief sought by the mechanical contractor.
  • Successfully defended a publicly-traded manufacturer in multi-defendant litigation involving carbon monoxide poisoning of five plaintiffs with claims totaling $100,000,000.00.  The issues involved include building code compliance, HVAC design, valve design and manufacturing. 
  • Represented an equipment rental company in federal court in a dispute arising from a Mutual Nondisclosure Agreement relating to the potential acquisition of another company’s rental business and prevailed on summary judgment.
  • Successfully defended real estate developer in multi-million dollar litigation arising from the sale of a commercial property in Virginia.



Speaking Engagements

Blog Posts



Gubernatorial Appointments

Safety and Health Codes Board, Construction Industry Employer Representative

Professional Affiliations

Virginia Bar Association

Richmond Bar Association

American Bar Association Construction Law Forum

Business and Civic Organizations

Innsbrook Foundation Board of Directors, Former Member

Innsbrook Foundation Executive Committee, Former Member

Association of General Contractors (“AGC”), Young Leaders Division

Panhellenic Advisor, Chi Omega Sorority, Xi Lambda Chapter

Dooley Noted Society, Former Board Member

American Heart Association, Richmond Heart Ball Corporate Partnership Committee, Former Member

Legal Information Network for Cancer (“LINC”), Client Services Advisory Committee, Former Member

Beyond the Law

Beyond the Law

Having lived abroad in Nice and Paris, France, Kelly is an avid and passionate traveler, travel reader and writer. Most recently, Kelly spent two weeks in Spain traveling to Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Cadiz and Cordoba. Past trips include Venice, Rome, Cinque Terre, Prague, Berlin, Dublin, London, Santorini, Athens, Antibes, and others. The list of places she would like to visit is nearly never-ending and she always loves to talk travel. One of her favorite books is All Over the Place by Geraldine DeRuiter.

In her spare time Kelly enjoys cooking, volunteering with Maymont and the Innsbrook Foundation, and spending time outdoors with her Llewellin Setter, Tanguy.

Construction Law Blog

Construction Law Blog

Kelly and her fellow construction-focused colleagues author Hirschler's Construction Law Blog - a resource for design professionals, contractors, and lower-tier contractors and suppliers. Blog readers can expect concise, easy-to-follow posts on pertinent and timely issues covering the construction process from concept to close-out. Never miss a post by subscribing here to receive updates.

University of Richmond School of Law, J.D., cum laude

  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of Barristers
  • Member, University of Richmond Law Review
  • Trial Advocacy Board
  • Moot Court Board
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award

Washington and Lee University, B.A., cum laude

  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals D.C. Circuit
  • French
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