WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 3, 2023) – Soon after Kelly IP launched in 2013, the firm was heralded as an “instant power” by Law360; this year, the firm reflects on its first decade as it commemorates its 10th anniversary.

Kelly IP was founded by Dave Kelly, Rob Litowitz, Linda McLeod, Lynn Jordan, and Stephanie Bald, former colleagues at an international intellectual property law firm. These five lawyers shared a focus on trademark law and a vision of a firm that could deliver BigLaw expertise in a creative, results-driven setting.

Kelly IP has since tripled its attorney ranks, growing from five to 15, and adding a professional staff of 15. The firm has cleared, prosecuted, registered and enforced thousands of marks across diverse industries ranging from retail and entertainment to technology and manufacturing to pharmaceuticals and transportation. On the litigation side, Kelly IP lawyers have filed and litigated cases in federal district courts nationwide and defended and opposed thousands of marks before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Kelly IP’s track record in high-stakes and high-profile work earned the young firm significant accolades across the legal profession in its first 10 years:

  • Law360 named Kelly IP among its “10 Boutiques Giving BigLaw A Run For Its Money.”
  • Managing Intellectual Property’s IP STARS recognized Kelly IP as one of only several national “Tier 1” firms, its highest ranking, in trademark categories for the past seven years.
  • World Trademark Review 1000 ranked Kelly IP as one of only several “Gold” status national trademark firms, its highest ranking, for the past six years.
  • Legal 500 recognized Kelly IP as one of only several national “Tier 1” firms, its highest ranking, for the past four years.

“Our success in our 10 years would not have been possible without our valued clients, colleagues, staff and others who have helped Kelly IP establish itself as a preeminent U.S. trademark law firm in such a short time,” said Founding Partner David Kelly. “We are honored to celebrate the first decade of Kelly IP, and we look forward to the next.”

About Kelly IP

Kelly IP, LLP focuses on litigation and counseling in trademark, unfair competition, false advertising, right-of-publicity, copyright, design protection, anti-counterfeiting, licensing, and Internet and domain name matters. Its attorneys have been consistently recognized by peers and legal publications as leaders in their fields. Kelly IP is committed to providing sophisticated legal representation with a commitment to quality and cost-effectiveness. For more information: