Mr. Kelly leads the firm’s government contracts group. His practice combines both counseling and acting as an advocate on behalf of clients doing business in the government marketplaces. Mr. Kelly has extensive experience in the fields of federal and state procurement law, commercial contracting, licensing, and business and intellectual property litigation. He helps businesses negotiate their commercial contracts with customers and vendors. He counsels clients when disputes arise and defends them in court and arbitration proceedings. Mr. Kelly has knowledge of the government contracting process both on a federal and state level, and the specific laws, regulations, contract clauses and dispute resolution mechanisms in this specialized area. He provides advice and guidance to clients who are in the government supply chain, either as prime contractors, subcontractors or vendors. He reviews government solicitations with clients, prepares proposals, and negotiates teaming arrangements and subcontracts with other suppliers. He helps clients build and enhance their compliance programs. He assists clients in protecting their intellectual property and proprietary information concerning their businesses when doing business with the government. He advocates for clients who wrongfully were passed over for a contract award. He prepares claims arising under government contracts as a result of change orders, delays, and terminations for default or convenience. Mr. Kelly’s practice extends to a broad spectrum of industries and federal and state authorities for whom they supply research, products and services including, as examples, the supply of commercial software modified for military applications, professional services for federal and state-sponsored hurricane relief efforts, raw materials and products used as components for large military prime contractors, biomedical research under SBIRs, CRADAs, and grants for health agencies, and the auditing and investigation of Medicare and Medicaid providers.
Mr. Kelly (together with his colleagues David Himelfarb and Bonnie Vanzler) most recently represented Agiltron, Inc. and two of its wholly owned subsidiaries in successfully negotiating with the United States Air Force Suspension and Debarment Official an Administrative Agreement, effective July 26, 2013, terminating a suspension barring them from obtaining federal government contracts and grants.
Mr. Kelly is Chair of the Boston Lawyers Division of the Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies. He is also on the Board of Directors for NCMA Boston (National Contract Management Association).
Mr. Kelly is an adjunct member of the faculty at Suffolk University Law School where he teaches Government Contracts.