Kelly IP Named a Top-Tier Trademark Firm for Both Litigation and Prosecution in Legal 500 U.S. 2020

Legal 500 U.S., a leading global legal ranking and referral guide, named Kelly IP to the top tier of U.S. law firms nationally for both “trademark litigation” and “trademarks non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing).” These rankings place Kelly IP among the top 6 law firms in the country for trademark litigation and among the top 4 firms in the country for non-contentious trademark work.
The editorial content accompanying the rankings contained the following testimonials about Kelly IP:

  • ‘Kelly IP is that unique type of firm that provides ‘Big Firm’ expertise and services, but operates as a personal, client-first boutique.’
  • ‘They care and go beyond the necessary to provide exceptional and exceptionally good advice and services.’
  • ‘They not only provide exceptional services, but do so in a personal, client-first manner.’

In addition, Legal 500 recognized six Kelly IP lawyers as Recommended Lawyers.

With this ranking, Kelly IP has achieved top national rankings for 2020 from Legal 500, IP Stars, and WTR 1000.  Kelly IP is one of only 3 firms in the entire country that achieved 2020 rankings in the top tier of national firms in all trademark categories recognized by Legal 500, IP Stars, and WTR 1000 for 2020.

Dave Kelly, managing partner of Kelly IP, said: “We are excited to be honored by Legal 500 as one of its handful of top-tier national trademark firms for both litigation and non-contentious work, and to be one of only three firms named to all of the top tiers of Legal 500, IP Stars, and WTR 1000 for 2020.  We are especially grateful to work with such amazing clients and appreciate their recognition of Kelly IP’s “personal, client-first” approach and “exceptional” representation.

Detailed information regarding Kelly IP’s 2020 rankings is available at (  and ( For more information about Kelly IP, please visit our website.

Kelly IP Elects Firm’s Newest Partner

Kelly IP is pleased to announce that Kelu Sullivan has been elected as the firm’s newest partner. Since joining Kelly IP in 2016, Kelu’s leadership, dedication and hard work have played a key role in the growth and success of our firm.

According to partner David Kelly, “Kelu’s promotion is well-earned and reflects Kelly IP’s ongoing commitment to developing and recognizing lawyers who are devoted to advancing the interests of our clients and the values of the firm. From the start, Kelu has consistently worked at the highest level of professional accomplishment and has earned the trust of Kelly IP’s clients.”

Kelu’s practice focuses on all aspects of trademark and copyright law, including portfolio management, licensing, and litigation. Kelu has particular experience in managing large domestic and international trademark portfolios. She has extensive experience working with clients’ legal and business partners to develop and implement key trademark and copyright portfolio strategies. Kelu also represents clients before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

Kelu has also dedicated her career to increase diversity in the legal profession. She is an active member of the National Asian Pacific Bar Association and has mentored young attorneys and law students through APABA, APABA-DC Educational Fund, where she was a director, and through AIPLA. She is also currently a guest lecturer at the University of Iowa College of Law, where she teaches the IP Advocacy class that prepares students for trademark and patent moot court competitions.

Before joining Kelly IP, Kelu was a partner at BakerHostetler in Washington, DC. She is also on the Board of Trustees at the WillowWind School in Iowa City, Iowa. She enjoys baking and running so she can eat her baked goods.

About the firm: Kelly IP is a nationally recognized boutique firm specializing in all aspects of trademarks, copyrights, domain names, false advertising, unfair competition, and related areas. We offer a full range of services in these areas, including trademark clearance, prosecution, portfolio management, counselling, licensing, prelitigation opinions, enforcement, civil litigation, and litigation before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”). For more information, please visit our website at