Mr. O'Kelly is an accomplished litigation and trial lawyer with a successful national practice defending corporate clients in state, federal and arbitration forums in diverse issues including employment law, commercial contracts and intellectual property. He is a trusted advisor to senior corporate managers regarding compliance, risk management, trial strategy and settlement negotiations. He has authored many seminars dealing with attorney-client privilege in the workplace, FMLA and ADA compliance and employment discrimination laws. His many accomplishments include the following notables: - Took over 30 jury trials to verdict resulting in over a 90% success rate in favorable verdicts; - Successful in over 50 summary judgment motions or motions to dismiss; - Argued over ten cases in state and federal appellate courts; - Successfully defended over 25 cases before the American Arbitration Association; - Directly litigated cases on behalf of corporate employer resulting in savings of over $10 million in fees, costs and potential exposure; - Managed outside counsel resulting in significant savings and successful results; - Co-authored alternative dispute resolution program for a Fortune 500 company. Some examples of his past legal work include the following: - Successfully defended Fortune 500 Company from a multi-million dollar employment claim in a California jury trial following a nationwide reduction in force. - Successfully defended a multi-million dollar claim in a commercial contract dispute in a jury trial in Collin County, Texas. - Authored a presentation for legal and auditing departments of a Fortune 500 company on Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Immunity. Prior to joining Kilgore & Kilgore Lawyers in 2010, Mr. O'Kelly held the following positions: - J.C. Penney Corporation, Plano, TX - Senior Managing Counsel (2005 to 2010) Was responsible for all phases of litigation including discovery, pre-trial motions and trials. Prepared and presented bench/jury trials and arbitration hearings throughout the US. Presented live broadcast training seminars on employment-related issues to HR and retail management. Mentored junior and intermediate attorneys in litigation skills including trial skills, legal research and writing, and client counseling. Managed outside counsel budgets and representation on complex litigation. Lead defense counsel cases in employment, commercial and copyright litigation in various jurisdictions. Extensive client contact and counseling in all of the aforementioned areas. - J.C. Penney Corporation, Plano, TX - Senior Personnel Relations Attorney (1988 to 2005) Served as lead counsel on major employment discrimination and wrongful discharge matters nationwide. Handled all phases of litigation. Provided seminars and training on preventative measures to help avoid potential litigation claims. Defended employment lawsuits and claims throughout the US and advised store management on personnel matters within the stores on Title VII and ADEA compliance issues. Prepared and revised employment manuals, ADR programs, FMLA and ADA compliance and reduction-in-force guidelines. - Schatz & Schatz, Ribicoff & Kotkin, Hartford, CT - Senior Associate Attorney (1983 to 1988) Defended wrongful discharge and discrimination claims before state and federal courts and Connecticut Commission on Human Rights. Negotiated collective bargaining agreements in the public and private sectors. Successfully defended unfair labor practice charges before the NLRB. Successfully defended union organizing campaigns. Participated in loan salvage workouts, litigation and foreclosure actions in state and federal courts throughout New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Represented creditors and debtors in Chapters 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcy proceedings. - Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante, New Haven, CT - Association Attorney (1982 to 1983) Performed legal research in labor, employment and bankruptcy law. Attended proceedings before Connecticut and Massachusetts state labor commissions and NLRB. - Stoneman, Chandler & Miller, Boston, MA - Associate Attorney (1981 to 1982) Research federal labor law issues.