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Ty Kelly is an experienced and aggressive trial lawyer representing companies and individuals in a broad range of civil, administrative, and white collar criminal matters. Her robust trial experience in both federal and state courts has resulted in numerous trial successes for her clients.

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Professional Biography


While known as an experienced trial lawyer, Ty Kelly is also known for her instinct and judgment in identifying and developing successful defenses and strategic approaches to the threat of government action or litigation, often successfully persuading prosecutors and others to not bring charges or claims before matters are ever made public. Ms. Kelly's strength is in assessing quickly the appropriate approach depending on the circumstances of each case. Some of Ms. Kelly's current and former engagements include: the defense of a national opioid manufacturer in an action brought by the State of Maryland alleging unfair deceptive trade practices; the defense of a national government contractor in a False Claims Act case; the defense of the owner of a health care provider charged with major health care fraud offenses; and the defense of a CEO of a company charged with a conspiracy to violate national pesticide laws. Ms. Kelly has also represented numerous individuals in white collar criminal investigations and indicted cases in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and other jurisdictions. In civil matters, she has represented plaintiffs and defendants in commercial disputes. Ms. Kelly has also represented numerous clients in matters before various regulators, including various licensing boards and the Attorney General's Office of Maryland.

Prior to private practice, Ms. Kelly was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Maryland for seven years. She prosecuted a wide variety of white collar crime and public corruption cases, including health care fraud, investment fraud, procurement fraud, mortgage fraud, securities fraud, and other economic crimes. She successfully handled cases from grand jury investigation through trial and appeal, resulting in several published Fourth Circuit opinions. She also served as the district's Election Official where she led the federal response to all federal election crime allegations in Maryland in coordination with the Department of Justice, state election officials, and state prosecutors. In addition, she served as the Procurement Fraud Coordinator for the District of Maryland.

Prior to becoming an Assistant United States Attorney, Ms. Kelly served as a trial attorney in the Department of Justice's Criminal Division, Fraud Section, after being admitted into the prestigious Attorney General Honors Program. As a Fraud Section trial attorney, she investigated and prosecuted significant white collar criminal cases. During her tenure at the Fraud Section, she also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia trying cases in the District of Columbia Superior Court.

Ms. Kelly is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Prior to becoming a federal prosecutor, Ms. Kelly clerked for Chief Judge Frederic N. Smalkin and Judge Richard D. Bennett of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

Ms. Kelly is a member of the American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Baltimore County Bar Association, Women's White Collar Defense Association, and a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. She was also recently appointed by Governor Larry Hogan to the Board of Trustees for the Office of the Public Defender of Maryland. Ms. Kelly is also actively involved in community affairs, serving on the Women's Leadership Counsel for My Sister's Place, a division of Catholic Charities, which provides meals, case management, education, and job training to women in Baltimore City, and serving as a mentor to law students at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

Representative Matters
  • Obtained dismissal of charges against an indicted defendant in a $100 million SBA loan fraud case in the District of Maryland.

  • Persuaded United States Attorney in Maryland not to charge a former mortgage broker under investigation for tax fraud after search warrant was executed.

  • Represented a Fortune 100 company in a grand jury investigation in the District of Maryland resulting in witness status of company.

  • Obtained an acquittal after a three-week jury in the District of Columbia.

  • Obtained an acquittal after a one-week jury trial in Circuit Court in the District of Maryland.

  • Represented a national pharmaceutical company in a licensing matter in Maryland resulting in no change to license.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers (2015 – 2020)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers for White Collar Criminal Defense (2018 – 2020)
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers in the area of Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (2019)
  • Fellow – American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Member – American Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, Criminal Justice Section, White Collar Mid-Atlantic Sub-Committee
  • Recipient – United States Attorney's Office Barney Skolnik Award (2012)
  • Recipient – Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General's Integrity Award (2011)
  • Recipient – United States Attorney's Office Award for Excellence in Prosecution of Fraud Award (2008)
Government Experience
  • Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland (2005 – 2013)
  • Trial Attorney, Criminal Division, Fraud Section, United States Department of Justice (2003 – 2005)
  • Special Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia (2003)
  • Law Clerk, Richard D. Bennett, Judge, United States District Court for the District of Maryland (2003)
  • Law Clerk, Frederic N. Smalkin, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the District of Maryland (2002 – 2003)


Ty Kelly
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  • University of Maryland, J.D.
  • University of Maryland, B.A.


  • Maryland (2002)
  • District of Columbia (2014)

Interviewees 'think very highly' of Ty Kelly . She focuses her practice on white-collar criminal defense, fielding notable expertise in grand jury investigations and appeals involving allegations of fraud.

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