Big Law Skills. Without Big Law Bills

Our creative, persuasive, and competitive minds protect and represent the world’s most instantly identifiable marks — and brand owners with dreams of having one.

Ranked among the world’s most preeminent trademark IP attorneys. 

What our clients have to say about us:

“Despite coming into existence just a few years ago, Kelly IP has already cemented its position as one of the pre-eminent names in the trademark world.”

“[The Kelly IP] founders’ reputations as big players at a big firm allowed the new boutique to become an instant power.”

“What makes its group of all-stars super-competitive is that you receive a world-class service at a significantly reduced rate – you get so much for your money.”

[Kelly IP has an] established brand on par with the biggest firms.


“[E]lite boutique Kelly IP has a lot going for it, including a collaborative team of service-minded lawyers, vast experience on all aspects of brand business, highly professional paralegals and a combination of lower rates and more flexibility than bigger outfits. Unsurprisingly, it garners superlative feedback from diverse stakeholders in the IP market.”

“Kelly IP never disappoints. It is more streamlined than big law firms and works efficiently as a team. Although compact, it has tremendous resources including UDRP specialists and amazing paralegals. It also represents exceptional value for money.”

The “[Kelly IP] team [has]… a combined track record so extensive that they have seen almost every conceivable type of issue and can advise their clients accordingly.”

Kelly IP is that unique type of firm that provides ‘Big Firm’ expertise and services, but operates as a personal, client-first boutique.


“[Kelly IP] is the place to go for big-ticket disputes.”

“Every single one of its lawyers is really incredible.”

“An amazing firm that does impeccable work at a fraction of the cost that you would expect given its quality.”

“[Kelly IP’s] high quality work inspires confidence time after time”

Kelly IP is a top-shelf trademark counseling and litigation practice.

Play to your strengths. We founded Kelly IP in 2013 with professionals who spent many years practicing trademark law at one of the world’s most decorated and respected IP law firms. Recognizing trademark and copyright as more specialized fields of IP, our founders decided to develop a practice focused squarely on those areas, which requires creative thinking matched by a pragmatic ability to assess problems and understand the meaning of words, images, and symbols.

Guided by our persuasive, compelling way of articulating our clients’ vision and goals, we have cleared, prosecuted, registered and enforced thousands of marks. Our team of attorneys and litigators — each with their own specialized trademark talent — has successfully persuaded judge and jury as first-chair litigators in hundreds of federal court cases involving every imaginable issue. Over the years, we have filed and litigated cases in federal court and defended and opposed thousands of marks before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. It’s serious work, and we have a lot of fun doing it. 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Kelly IP

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are critical to the success and future of Kelly IP. Our firm was founded by a majority of women partners and at least half of Kelly IP’s team members are from diverse groups. With diverse leadership and teams, we have gained invaluable perspectives and experiences to better address both our clients’ IP needs and the personal and professional growth of everyone at the firm.

Kelly IP has developed initiatives to focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, including for recruiting, professional development, and attorney advancement. Our firm is committed to following the Mansfield Rule to affirmatively consider at least 30% women, lawyers of color, LGBTQ+ lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities for leadership roles, promotions, client pitch opportunities, and other senior lateral positions. We have partnered with local law schools to attract qualified diverse students to serve as law clerks at the firm with an eye toward eventual full-time employment.

1L Diversity Fellow Program

Kelly IP’s 1L Diversity Fellow Program awards one fellowship annually to a first-year law student from a background traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession who wants to explore a career in trademark and copyright law. The 1L Diversity Fellow will spend 6-8 weeks (at the Fellow’s election) as a paid summer associate at Kelly IP. The Fellow will also receive formal mentorship from at least one partner and one associate at Kelly IP during the summer and throughout the following academic school year, and participate in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Scholars Program.

The 1L Diversity Fellow program is open to all first-year law students from a group historically underrepresented in the legal profession that is currently enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school with demonstrated interest in trademark and copyright law.

To apply, please visit our Careers page

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leadership in the IP Community

Kelly IP’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts extend beyond the firm to the legal profession. Kelly IP annually sponsors LGBTQ+ and Women in IP bar events. We encourage everyone at the firm to join and seek leadership roles within diverse professional organizations. Our lawyers have been leaders in LGBTQ+ IP bar groups and held a variety of leadership positions within diverse professional organizations, including serving on the Executive Committee of AIPLA’s Women in IP Committee, and Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater DC area.

Get to know the Kelly IP team.