Daniel R. Kelley



Dan Kelley is an experienced litigator, passionate advocate, and trusted counselor who helps his clients resolve high-stakes business disputes by developing creative, business-oriented, and cost-effective solutions to legal problems. He focuses his practice on disputes involving securities and trade secrets, and on complex commercial litigation.

Dan represents clients before state and federal courts, arbitration panels, and administrative agencies. He has:

  • Tried cases to verdict, including as first chair
  • Briefed and argued dispositive motions
  • Examined and cross-examined fact and expert witnesses
  • Taken and defended the depositions of key witnesses
  • Briefed and argued appeals
  • Managed complex e-discovery involving millions of documents

Securities & Financial Litigation

Dan represents entities and individuals in post-merger disputes and in cases involving allegations of negligence and fraud, breach of fiduciary duty or contract, unsuitability, improper solicitation, and failure to conduct due diligence. He has handled securities and business cases in multiple federal and state court cases and FINRA arbitrations.

Trade Secret Litigation & Counseling

Dan helps companies protect and defend their valuable trade secrets. He handles trade-secret cases involving allegations of theft, misappropriation, corporate espionage, non-disclosure agreements and restrictive covenants, and licensing disputes.

Industry Experience

Dan represents clients in the financial services, insurance, software, manufacturing, technology, pharmaceutical and energy industries.

Previous Experience

Before joining the firm, Dan practiced in the complex commercial litigation group at Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago. Before law school, Dan taught social studies and coached wrestling for two years at an under-resourced rural public school as a member of Teach for America in Eastern North Carolina.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan


University of North Carolina School of Law
J.D. cum laude, First Amendment Law Review (editor-in-chief) (2010)

DePauw University
B.A. summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (2005)

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

Dan has a deep commitment to pro bono and community service litigation. His engagements include:

  • As first-chair trial counsel, obtaining an order to release a prisoner who had been in solitary confinement for more than 27 years, as well as compensatory and punitive damages against multiple defendants. Isby v. Wynn (S.D. Ind. 2018).
  • As a member of the firm’s trial team in a lawsuit successfully challenging Michigan’s gerrymandered legislative districts before such suits were barred by the Supreme Court, obtaining a verdict in favor of the League of Women Voters of Michigan. League of Women Voters et al. v. Benson (E.D. Mich. 2019).
  • In the closing days of the Obama administration, obtaining asylum and dismissal of removal proceedings for an undocumented Salvadoran minor.
  • As appointed counsel, representing a disabled veteran in a successful challenge of denial of Social Security benefits, resulting in remand from the federal court and a subsequent fully favorable decision from the Administrative Law Judge on the veteran’s claim.
  • As appointed counsel, securing a favorable settlement for a former prisoner in his § 1983 suit against prison guards for failing to prevent attack by fellow inmate, then successfully moving for modification of client’s sentence, which allowed him to serve the balance of his sentence in a re-entry program.
  • As appointed counsel, representing a citizen alleging that a local school board violated his First Amendment rights.

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • DePauw University — Indianapolis Regional Alumni Chapter Member, 2016-19
  • Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival — Organizing Committee, 2016, 2018-19
  • University of North Carolina School of Law First Amendment Law Review — Advisory Board Member, 2015-16
  • United Way of Central Indiana — Leadership United Program, 2015
  • Teach for America — Indianapolis Alumni Board Member, 2012-16


  • Best Lawyers®— "Ones to Watch," Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2021
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020
  • Indiana Super Lawyers — Rising Star, Business Litigation, 2016; Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2017-19
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Two-time recipient of Baker Benson award for outstanding pro bono service; Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2015-19

Awards Methodology

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