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Christopher G. Kelly

Christopher G. Kelly

Holland & Knight LLP

New York, NY, USA

Christopher G. Kelly is the Litigation Practice Group Leader for the 30-member Litigation Group in New York and serves on the firm's Directors Committee. Mr. Kelly's practice focuses primarily on the defense of mass torts, toxic torts, federal and state court class actions (consumer, labor and privacy), contracts and product liability. Mr. Kelly has represented aviation clients including BAE, Air France, Varig and JetBlue Airways. He was lead trial counsel to JetBlue on its nationwide privacy class action litigations and has represented clients across the country as lead and trial counsel in class actions in state and federal courts, stemming from West Nile virus spraying, Medfly control and overtime wage claims. He has negotiated long term multimillion dollar leases on behalf of marine terminal tenants, and has successfully prosecuted and defended actions in state and federal courts throughout the United States in matters dealing with bank fraud, shareholder disputes, distribution agreements, unfair competition, fraud, trademark and copyright infringement, interference with contracts, marketing practices, product liability, rights of secured and unsecured creditors, bankruptcies, destruction of natural resources and serious personal injury.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Kelly was employed as Director of Development at Regis High School in New York City.

Mr. Kelly served as moderator for Holland & Knight external CLE, "Data Privacy Breach." He has spoken at Air Finance Seminars as well as spoken or moderated panels at ABA TIPS and ABA Air & Space Forum on litigation related topics, including demonstrative evidence, criminalization of negligence claims, and the rights of secured creditors. He regularly speaks at conferences overseas for European insurers and their insureds on product liability litigation in the United States.

Professional Honors & Awards

  • Client Service All-Star, The BTI Consulting Group, Inc., 2011
  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Transportation: Aviation: Litigation, 2011
  • Best of the Best Aviation Lawyers, Euromoney Guide

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • All State Courts in New York


  • Duke University School of Law, J.D.
  • Haverford College, B.A., with honors

Bar Admissions

  • New York

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