Kelly represents clients when they encounter challenges related to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Labor and Standards Act (FLSA), Title VII, Equal Pay Act and similar employment statutes. In addition to representing them in the courtroom, Kelly also advocates on employers’ behalf before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR), Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and other state and local agencies charged with investigating employment claims.
When she’s not litigating on their behalf, Kelly helps employers strengthen their operations and organizational culture through provident counsel on:
- Wage and hour classification issues
- Hiring practices
- Employment policies and procedures
- Complex leave of absence issues
- Workplace injuries
- Sexual harassment investigations
- Discipline and termination issues
Kelly also assists clients in transactional matters by providing critical advice on compliance with local, state and federal employment laws in the context of mergers and acquisitions – and, when necessary, reductions in force to respond to changing market forces.
Kelly is a contributor to the firm's LaborSphere blog, which provides coverage and insights on breaking cases, recently enacted legislation and a broad range of employee benefits and labor issues.
Prior to entering the legal field, Kelly worked in Washington, D.C., for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the Democratic Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives.