Emily Kelley is a litigation associate in the Washington, D.C. office. Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation and securities enforcement and litigation. Ms. Kelley has represented public companies, venture capital firms and individuals in all phases of civil litigation, including in disputes concerning corporate governance, fiduciary duties and fraud. Ms. Kelley has experience in investigations, voluntary disclosures and settlement negotiations before enforcement agencies including the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. more +

Ms. Kelley earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she served as the William Minor Lile Moot Court Board Second Round Presiding Justice and as a student attorney for the University of Virginia Employment Law Clinic in conjunction with the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Prior to joining RK&O, Ms. Kelley was an associate at Foley & Lardner LLP. She also served as a law clerk intern for the Department of Justice Headquarters Immigration Court.

Ms. Kelley is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Honors & Awards

  • Named a Rising Star for General Litigation in Washington, D.C. (2017-2019) and Massachusetts (2012-2013) by Super Lawyers Magazine, which recognizes the top 2.5% of lawyers under 40. 
  • Named to the 2016 and 2018 Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll for her contribution of 100 hours or more to indigent clients and nonprofit organizations in need of legal representation, as well as the 2017 Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll for her contribution of more than 50 hours.


Practice Areas
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2010
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., cum laude, 2007
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit