- Employment & Labor
- Toxic Tort
- General Liability & Casualty
- Insurance & Reinsurance Coverage
|Contact Info||Telephone: 973.735.5765|
|University ||Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, B.S., 1980|
|Law School||Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1984|
|Admitted||1985, New Jersey and U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; New Jersey Supreme Court; U.S. Supreme Court|
Memberships & Affiliations
American Bar Association
New Jersey State Bar Association
The Association of Trial Lawyers of America - New Jersey
Risk Management Society (RIMS)
Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
Barbara Hopkinson Kelly focuses her legal practice on environmental and toxic tort litigation and insurance coverage, including issues involving employment law. She also has more than 25 years of significant litigation experience in the professional malpractice and business tort fields. Barbara has served as liaison counsel to numerous Fortune 500 clients, defending many of them in class action lawsuits with financial exposures in excess of $100 million.
Known for successfully arguing even the most difficult motions, Barbara is also a master negotiator. Her problem-solving skills have earned a loyal following among her clients and peers alike. Barbara brings to the table an innate ability to coordinate ideas and strategies with her clients, forging productive, long-term relationships. An avid equestrian and skier, Barbara applies that same energy and tenacity to her legal practice.
•Internship with the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, Criminal Division
•New Jersey Supreme Court Rules No Time Bar for Spill Act Contribution Claims
New Jersey Supreme Court Rules No Time Bar for Spill Act Contribution Claims
February 5, 2015
On January 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of New Jersey overturned two lower-court decisions and held that the six-year statute of limitations for damage to real property does not apply to Spill Act private contribution claims.
•New Jersey Seeks to Ban the Use of “Microbeads” in Consumer Care
NJ Seeks Ban on Microbeads” in Consumer Care Products
October 30, 2014
New Jersey’s Legislature has approved a bill that is expected to come before the Governor’s Office in November 2014. If enacted, the bill’s prohibition against the production or manufacture of personal care products containing microbeads would commence January 1, 2018. The measure prohibits the sale, offer for sale or promotion of these items on or after January 1, 2019. In addition, no person will be able to sell, offer for sale or offer for promotion over-the-counter drugs containing synthetic plastic microbeads in the state beginning January 1, 2020.
•NJ Supreme Court to Rule on Application of General Six-year Statute of Limitations to Spill Act Claims
NJ Supreme Court to Rule on Statute of Limitations for Spill Act Claims
October 20, 2014
The NJ Supreme Court is poised to open arguments surrounding a 2013 decision by the Appellate Division not only accepting a six-year statute of limitations for private contribution actions under the NJ Spill Act but also applying it retroactively. If upheld, parties that have been performing remediation activities for years may encounter hurdles in recovering all of their costs. Likewise, parties beginning to perform remediation activities may face time limitations for investigating and filing their claims.
•The Wait Is Over: Liable Parties Can Now Seek Early Contribution Claims Without New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Approval
Concurrent Jurisdiction Shared by Courts and NJ DEP
August 26, 2014
•Statute of Repose: A New Weapon in Environmental Defense Counsel’s Arsenal
Statute of Repose a Weapon in Environmental Defense
June 12, 2014
The Supreme Court recently held that the Federal Superfund law does not preempt state statutes of repose, representing a victory for companies and landowners with legacy environmental liabilities in states with a statute of repose applicable to tort claims.
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Practicing Law Institute
Pollution Coverage-Institute for Continuing Legal Education
Co-author of Trends and Emerging Coverage Issues, Practicing Law Institute
Practicing Law Institute on Insurance Coverage Trends and Emerging Issues, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Institute for Continuing Legal Education on Environmental Issues
|Reported Cases||Representative Matters; Represented Fortune 500 company in major class action suit. Liaison counsel in large environmental clean-up action in National Priorities List matter. Represented Fortune 500 company in environmental litigation. Represented major insurance companies in complex coverage litigation.|
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New Jersey Seeks to Ban the Use of “Microbeads” in Consumer Care
Genese K. Dopson,Barbara Hopkinson Kelly,Erik M. Ortega, November 10, 2014
The New Jersey State Legislature has unanimously approved legislation to address the growing environmental concerns over personal care products containing microbeads, small non-biodegradable plastic particles used as abrasives in personal care products such as toothpaste. If enacted, New Jersey...
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