McCarter partner Dan Kelly is only one of three Boston lawyers to be nationally recognized on The Business Journals’ Influencers: Law 2019 list of 100 attorneys across the country who drive business for their employers and clients. The attorneys were identified by editors and staff across The Business Journals’ 40-plus publications, including the Boston Business Journal. Each attorney has been featured regularly in the publication’s coverage in their respective cities.
With more than 30 years of experience, Dan Kelly represents government contracts clients and handles matters across a range of industries. He has also parlayed his experience and his love for acting and the theater in the creation of special annual event, now almost 20 years old, called “Shakespeare and the Law.” The event, produced by Dan on behalf of the firm and in his capacity as Chair of the Boston Lawyers Division for the Federalist Society together with Boston’s Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, is held in Boston’s theater district and attracts between 300 and 400 each year.
According to Dan, “It brings together federal and state judges, public officials, prominent attorneys, and thought leaders of all political stripes to read an abridged version of a play and then debate, in a civilized but passionate way, the great political issues and legal issues of the day through the lens of Shakespeare’s words. The event is terrific because it brings together rivals who never would have had an occasion to speak to one another. They have fun chewing through the play and then, hopefully, learn about the other’s point of view.”