Kelly D. Eckel
is a commercial litigator and serves as the Firm's Hiring Partner. Ms. Eckel represents corporate entities and individual clients in a variety of litigation matters, and has significant experience in handling commercial fraud, complex contracts, and business tort cases. Ms. Eckel frequently represents bankruptcy trustees, and has significant experience in handling adversary proceedings to avoid and recover fraudulent transfers and preference payments. Ms. Eckel has also represented corporate entities, officers and directors, and individuals in intellectual property cases-including patent infringement and trade secret litigation, computer software litigation involving licensing and implementation disputes, and inventorship and ownership conflicts-as well as employment benefits disputes, class action securities fraud and products liability cases.
Ms. Eckel regularly advises clients regarding strategy, probable course and outcome of litigation matters and, for international clients, has explained the application and effect of U.S. laws and the U.S. legal system. Fluent in German, Ms. Eckel has assisted U.S. clients in disputes with European entities, has translated German language financial and other corporate documents, and is active in the German-American Chamber of Commerce in Philadelphia.
A former judicial clerk to the Honorable Stanley S. Brotman of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Ms. Eckel is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as numerous federal courts. As a member of the American Arbitration Association's Roster of Neutrals for commercial cases, Ms. Eckel frequently serves as an arbitrator, presiding over hearings and resolving disputes between parties. She is the co-author of the Contracts chapter in the acclaimed treatise Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, a regular speaker on federal pretrial practice issues, and a member of the Litigation section of the American Bar Association as well as the Committees for Women in the Profession of those sections. Ms. Eckel is also a member of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania's Prisoner Civil Rights Panel and a past member of the Federal Courts Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association and American Inn of Court at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Eckel is a 1996 cum laude graduate of Temple University School of Law, where she was Managing Editor of the Temple Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, and a cum laude graduate of Harvard College. She has served on the Executive Board of the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Philadelphia for many years, including serving as the club's president.
•Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 2005-present
- Associate, 1997-2004
•United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and District Court of the Virgin Islands
- Judicial Clerk, Honorable Stanley S. Brotman, 1996-1997
•Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Philadelphia
- Past President, Executive Board Member
Civic and Charitable Activities
•Upper Providence Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania
- Upper Providence Third District, Committee Member, 2010 to present
•Co-author, Superior Court of New Jersey Slashes Attorneys' Fees in Class Action Settlement, Duane Morris Alert, June 20, 2012
•Co-author, Two-Year Statute of Limitations for Federal Securities Fraud Claims Begins to Run When a Reasonably Diligent Plaintiff Would Have Discovered the Violations, Duane Morris Alert, December 19, 2011
•Co-author, Supreme Court Holds Mutual Fund Investment Adviser Not Liable for Misleading Statements in Fund's Prospectus, Duane Morris Alert, June 23, 2011
•Co-author, Securities Fraud Claims Against Outside Law Firm Could Not Be Certified as Class Action, Third Circuit Determines, Duane Morris Alert, April 5, 2011
•Co-author, Contracts, Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, 2005
• Claim to 'Fame': 3rd Circuit's Times-Mirror Decision Expands Trademark Protection, The Legal Intelligencer, September 7, 2000
Selected Speaking Engagements
• Conflicts of Legal Ethics in Transnational Cases, Annual Conference on German and American Law of the German-American Lawyers Association (DAJV), Columbia Law School and Fordham Law School (2012)
• Dirty Litigation Tactics: How to Deal with the 'Rambo' Litigator-Defeat the Unethical Practices of Opposing Counsel, National Business Institute, October 2010 and October 2011
• Discovery: Where Most Cases Are Won or Lost, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, November 2009
• Rules and Procedures for Federal Court Success, National Business Institute, November 2008
• Email Marketing in 2008: What Every Company Should Know, The Association of Strategic Marketing, Philadelphia, March 2008
• Privacy and Security, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, November 2007
• Effective Federal Pre-Trial Practice for Pennsylvania Attorneys, National Business Institute, 2006 and 2007