Barbara Hopkinson Kelly: Lawyer with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

Barbara Hopkinson Kelly


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Practice Areas

  • Asbestos
  • Employment & Labor
  • Energy
  • Toxic Tort
  • Environmental
  • General Liability & Casualty
  • Insurance & Reinsurance Coverage
Contact InfoTelephone: 973.735.5765
Fax: 973.624.0808
University Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, B.S., 1980
Law SchoolEmory University School of Law, J.D., 1984
Admitted1985, 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


Statute of Repose: A New Weapon in Environmental Defense Counsel's Arsenal
June 12, 2014

Reported CasesRepresentative 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...

NJ Supreme Court to Rule on Application of General Six-year Statute of Limitations to Spill Act Claims
Barbara Hopkinson Kelly,Erik M. Ortega, November 2, 2014
The Supreme Court of New Jersey recently heard arguments on whether private claims for contribution brought under the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act, N.J.S.A. 58:10-23.11 et seq. (Spill Act) are subject to a general six-year statute of limitations applicable to common law property...

The Wait Is Over: Liable Parties Can Now Seek Early Contribution Claims Without New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Approval
Geewon Cha,Barbara Hopkinson Kelly, September 1, 2014
The recent Supreme Court of New Jersey ruling in Magic Petroleum v. Exxon Mobil demonstrates a trial court’s ability to allocate liability to “dischargers” while maintaining the role of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in determining the remediation...

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Barbara Hopkinson Kelly

200 Campus Drive
Florham ParkNJ 07932-0668


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