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William G. Kelly


Bill is the chair of the firm’s Construction Practice Group. He has taken over 100 cases to verdict. Over the last 30 years, Bill has obtained defense verdicts from New York to California. He has been admitted in multiple jurisdictions at client request on specific large exposures. He often parachutes into matters as trial counsel. His practice involves defending primarily construction companies and product manufacturers, with a focus on bicycle component manufacturers. He represented the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in high-profile damage trials in 2009. These arose from the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Bill’s experience extends to counseling clients on risk avoidance. His vast experience with construction losses cause clients to seek his counsel in contract formation and insurance procurement. In this regard, Bill also practice within the firm’s Insurance Solutions group.

Bill is an accomplished appellate lawyer. He has prevailed in two of the United States’ most esteemed venues: the New York Court of Appeals and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Bill has successfully represented general contractors, prime contractors, sub-contractors, sub-sub-contractors, construction managers, owners, developers, architects and engineers in matters ranging from small payment disputes to multi-million dollar litigation at all levels of the State trial courts as well as is Federal Court.

Bill is ranked as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. He has received several other top rankings as an insurance lawyer. Bill presents regularly for the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He is in an elite group of practitioners who act faculty for the Judicial Institute. This group gives instruction and trial guidance for newly elected Supreme Court judges. He is often sought as a counselor and instructor in China and Asia for companies assessing U.S. product liability exposure.

Bill understands what it is like to be a client, and he is a voice within the firm that ensures clients are heard. At the onset of his career, he acted as Managing Attorney in New York City for Transamerica Insurance Company and Royal Sun-Alliance. This experience gives Bill a holistic view of litigation. He visualizes the needed result from both insurer and insured perspective and implements a strategy to achieve that outcome.

Bill enjoys time with his grandchildren, traveling to Asia, and yoga. He has previously served his community as a board member of his local school board. Bill previously ran for the U.S. House of Representatives.