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Ty Kelly is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of Baker Donelson's Board of Directors. She defends companies in government investigations and high-stakes litigation.

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Obtained favorable settlement in a False Claim Act case against a public health care company related to overbilling.

Obtained dismissal of charges against an indicted defendant in a $100 million Small Business Administration loan fraud case.

Represented a Fortune 100 company in a grand jury investigation resulting in witness status of company.

Professional Biography


Ty Kelly is widely known as a skilled and experienced trial lawyer, representing both companies and individuals in high-stakes litigation and white collar matters. After a ten-year career at the Department of Justice (DOJ), Ms. 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. Part of this success stems from her experience in conducting internal investigations, resulting in the ability to advise companies strategically and efficiently under the threat of government action or litigation.

Some of Ms. Kelly's public current and former engagements include: the defense of a public health care provider in a False Claims Act matter related to false billing; the defense of numerous health care providers in DOJ and OIG investigations related to alleged anti-kickback violations; the defense of a national real estate company in an action brought by the State of Maryland and a putative class action alleging deceptive trade practices; and the defense of a national government contractor in a False Claims Act case.

Prior to private practice, Ms. Kelly was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Maryland for seven years. 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. 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 was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in Spring 2019 and serves on the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure Committee. She proudly serves on Baker Donelson's Board of Directors and was 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 Council for My Sister's Place, a division of Catholic Charities, which provides meals, case management, education, and job training to women in Baltimore City.

  • Obtained favorable settlement in a False Claim Act case against a public health care company related to overbilling.

  • Obtained dismissal of charges against an indicted defendant in a $100 million Small Business Administration loan fraud case.

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

  • Representing a national real estate development company in an enforcement action brought by the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General's Office of Maryland.

  • Representing a major agricultural company in multi-defendant antitrust class actions alleging wage fixing and no poaching agreements.

  • Representing the board of directors of a public company in an SEC investigation.

  • Representing numerous health care providers and related companies in federal and state civil and criminal investigations nationwide related to health care fraud, False Claim Act claims and anti-kickback claims.

  • Fellow – American College of Trial Lawyers
    • Vice-Chair, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure Committee
    • Maryland State Committee
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers in the area of Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (2019 – 2021)
  • Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers (2015 – 2022)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in Criminal Defense: White Collar (2018 – 2022) and Criminal Defense: General Practice (2021, 2022)
  • Recipient – Leadership in Law Award by The Daily Record (2021)
  • Member – American Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, Criminal Justice Section, White Collar Mid-Atlantic Sub-Committee
  • Recipient – United States Attorney's Office Barney Skolnik Award
  • Recipient – Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General's Integrity Award
  • Recipient – United States Attorney's Office Award for Excellence in Prosecution of Fraud Award
  • 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)

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Education

  • University of Maryland, J.D.
    • Order of the Coif
    • The John L. Thomas Prize, Second Highest Scholastic Average
  • University of Maryland, B.A.

Admissions

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

Ty Kelly wins praise from all corners of the market for her extensive experience in white-collar criminal matters. She regularly acts for both major companies and individuals in trials and investigations. 'She is smart, experienced, tough and reasonable to work with.'


[Ty Kelly] is an excellent attorney; she is strategic, thoughtful and a strong advocate.


Ty Kelly is described as a 'rising star' who 'has a real presence and works passionately for her clients.' An experienced trial lawyer, she focuses on handling white-collar criminal matters and investigations for both major companies and individual clients.


[Ty Kelly] has a real presence and works passionately for her clients.


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