Kelly Wilkins

Kelly Wilkins: Attorney with Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
  • Partner at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. (433 Attorneys)
  • One Arizona Center, 400 East Van Buren Street, Suite 1900, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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Biography

Kelly Wilkins earns a client’s trust by understanding its business and efficiently meeting its goals. She likes helping clients solve problems and telling their side of the story in a compelling way. From advising on regulations to trying cases, Kelly’s broad experience as corporate counsel and outside counsel enable her to support client goals with strong business sense and practical direction.

Kelly advises, defends and tries cases for clients throughout the western U.S. She defends companies in product liability, cybersecurity, privacy and business matters. Those clients include Fortune 100 companies with internationally recognized brands, as well as small businesses. She advises businesses on data security and data privacy issues such as data breaches, contracts, and data collection and sharing, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/US. Kelly was a civil litigation lawyer in Boston for ten years and later managed cases nationwide for General Electric Company.

Her expert commentary is frequently published and appreciated by readers all over the country. For fourteen years, Kelly has written a popular yearly feature about civil verdicts as the cover story of the state bar magazine, Arizona Attorney. She is a prominent authority on verdict results and trends. Kelly is a frequent and dynamic speaker and writer.

Securing your cyber world. Kelly advises clients on the rapidly changing landscape of cybersecurity, data protection and privacy. She regularly advises companies on actions in response to data breaches, including on a nationwide scale and in fast-paced environments. She advises on cyber regulations such as GDPR and the California Consumer Privacy Act. She champions the firm's online interactive Data Breach Map . Kelly's years of experience as a Certified Information Privacy Professional benefit clients because she understands the legal, business and technical sides involved.
Defending your product. Kelly has defended manufacturers in cases involving structural design, materials, dynamics, protective features and equipment, fires and explosions, and warnings. She defends manufacturers against claims about drugs, medical devices, dietary and nutritional supplements, recreational equipment, vehicles and trucks, and electrical and industrial equipment. Kelly defends claims involving death, disability, catastrophic and serious injuries, and disease.
Navigating regulations. Kelly leads Snell & Wilmer's Consumer Product Safety team and counsels clients on complex regulations. She helps businesses write useful product warnings, develop compliance and testing programs, and certify their products. Kelly has managed recalls in which thousands of products were recalled and replaced. Companies call upon her advice on a wide scope of regulations (CPSC, FDA, USDA, NHTSA, FTC and USCG).
Taking it to trial. Kelly’s high-exposure jury trials have been in places like Arizona, California, Texas, Florida and Massachusetts. She has tried cases for trucking companies in multiple-vehicle crashes, for automotive manufacturers in rollover crashes and for an industrial products manufacturer in a drawbridge collapse.

Representative Presentations and Publications

• Real World Scenarios for the California Consumer Privacy Act, Author, Corporate Counsel Magazine (February 15, 2019)
• How Do We Get Ready for the California Consumer Privacy Act?, Speaker, ISACA Phoenix Chapter (October 25, 2018)
• The Arizona Data Breach Law, Author, S&W Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law Blog (August 3, 2018)
• What's Unique About the California Consumer Privacy Act, Author, S&W Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law Blog (July 5, 2018)
• Arizona Civil Verdicts: 2017, Author, Arizona Attorney (June 2018)
• Snell & Wilmer Rolls Out Interactive Data Breach Map, Co-Author, S&W Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law Blog (June 6, 2018)
• Mediation is the New Trial, Speaker, State Bar of Arizona (May 30, 2018)
• Business Email Compromise: What It Is and What You Can Do, Author, S&W Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law Blog (November 2, 2017)
• New Mexico's Data Breach Law, Author, S&W Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law Blog (August 14, 2017)
• Cybersecurity Rules for Colorado Investment Advisers and Broker-Dealers, Author, S&W Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law Blog (August 8, 2017)
• Prepare to Be Hacked: Practical Pointers for Protecting Your Company's Digital Assets, Speaker, State Bar of Arizona (May 3, 2017)
• Cybersecurity Requirements for New York Financial Companies, Author, S&W Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law Blog (March 6, 2017)
• California's Data Breach Laws, Author, S&W Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law Blog (February 10, 2017)
• Preparing for Cyber Armageddon, Moderator, State Bar of Arizona (December 15, 2016)
• Privacy and The Cell Phone: Arizona Says Yes, Author, S&W Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law Blog (September 15, 2016)
• Best Practices for Cybersecurity in Vehicles, S&W Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law Blog (July 29, 2016)
• Cybersecurity, Speaker, ABA 15th Circuit Spring Meeting (February 27, 2016)
• What's in the Cybersecurity Act of 2015?, Author, S&W Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law Blog (February 9, 2016)
• Practical Perspectives to Protect Practitioners and Clients from Cybersecurity Threats, Speaker, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Convention (November 5, 2015)
• How to Protect and Secure Your Connected Devices, Author, S&W Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law Blog (October 8, 2015)
• Dealing With the Evolving Privacy and Cybersecurity Regulatory Ecosystem, Speaker, International Association of Privacy Professionals KnowledgeNet (September 16, 2015)
• 'Pocket Dial' Mobile Phone Calls: Private or Not?, Author, S&W Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law Blog (August 3, 2015)
•“What’s the ‘Internet of Things’ and What Are Its Legal Challenges ?,” Author, Product Liability Update (January 5, 2015)
• Getting What You Want From a Jury: Lessons Learned From Top Jury Trial Verdicts, Speaker, State Bar of Arizona (July 17, 2014)

Professional Recognition and Awards

•Southwest Super Lawyers, Personal Injury - Products: Defense (2017-2018)
•Medal of Excellence, State Bar of Arizona (2014)

Community Involvement

•Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona, Volunteer and Family Partner (2005-2011)
•Volunteer Lawyers Program, Pro Bono Attorney representing clients through Community Legal Services of Arizona (2004-present)

Related News & Events

Apr 24
Southwest Super Lawyers Recognizes 69 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys in its 2018 Rankings

Apr 12
Southwest Super Lawyers 2017 Recognizes 69 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Jun 04
Arizona Civil Verdicts 2014 Arizona Attorney

Aug 04
Arizona State Bar Awards Snell & Wilmer Partner Kelly Wilkins MacHenry with Medal of Excellence

Jun 30
Arizona's Civil Verdicts 2013 Arizona Attorney

Mar 31
Snell & Wilmer Plays Key Role in ABA Section of Litigation Conference in Arizona

Jun 01
Arizona’s Civil Verdicts 2012 Arizona Attorney

Jul 12
Punitive Damages Limits for Government-Approved Products

Jun 01
Arizona's Civil Verdicts 2011 Arizona Attorney

Jun 01
Arizona Civil Verdicts: 2010 Arizona Attorney

Mar 04
Supreme Court Considers Foreign Manufacturer's Challenge on Jurisdiction

Jan 20
Case Study: J. McIntyre Machinery Ltd. v. Nicastro

Jan 04
Snell & Wilmer Names Ten New Partners

Apr 01
Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Co-Author Product Liability Desk Reference, 2010 Edition

Related Publications

Mar 24
Global Connection - March 2015

Dec 11
Product Liability Update - December 2013

Nov 11
Product Liability Update - November 2013

Oct 14
Product Liability Update - October 2013

Oct 10
Legal Alert - Four New Privacy Laws and What They Mean for Businesses

Sep 10
Product Liability Update - September 2013

Aug 05
Product Liability Update - August 2013

Jan 26
Case Study: J. McIntyre Machinery Ltd. v. Nicastro

Mar 18
CPSIA Alert: Factors in Civil Penalties

Jun 09
Legal Alert: Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturer Conduct Law

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction
  • Consumer Product Safety
  • Cybersecurity, Data Protection, and Privacy
  • Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices
  • Product Liability Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
602.382.6370  Phone
www.swlaw.com
University Attended:
University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., Political Science and International Relations, 1988
Law School Attended:
Boston College Law School, J.D., 1991; Articles Editor, International and Comparative Law Review, 1990-1991
Year of First Admission:
1991
Admission:
United States District Court, District of Arizona; Supreme Court of New York; United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; Supreme Court of Massachusetts; Supreme Court of Arizona; Supreme Court of Texas; Arizona; Texas; New York; United States Supreme Court; Massachusetts
Memberships:

Professional Memberships and Activities

•Judge Pro Tempore, Superior Court, Maricopa County, Arizona (2017-2018)
•International Association of Privacy Professionals, Certified Information Privacy Professional/US
•Women in Cybersecurity
•Product Liability Desk Reference, Arizona Chapter, Co-Author and Co-Editor
•Defense Research Institute

ISLN:
901443005
Transactions:
Representative Transactions: Mergers & Acquisitions; Special Counsel to publicly held medical device company in its 3.5 billion sale to a public, multinational drug company; Represented publicly held manufacturer of CMP Machines in its 250 million merger with large public company; Represented private medical diagnostic company in its 185 million merger with large public company; Represented public company in its 40 million acquisition of a private biotechnology company; Represented public company in connection with defense of hostile takeover attempt; Represented public manufacturer of satellite communication systems in hostile takeover attempt of another public company; Represented group of controlling shareholders in takeover of public company; Represented private equity fund in its 40 million acquisition of manufacturing company; Represented manufacturer of large-scale test equipment in its 40 million sale to a private equity fund; Represented manufacturer of manufactured log homes in its sale to a private equity fund; Represented public online classified/yellow pages company in its 12 million stock-for-stock acquisition of a private online classified company; Represented nationally recognized franchisor of ice cream stores in a joint venture; Represented a private manufacturer of small wind turbines in a Chinese joint venture with a Chinese company; Represented public home builder in its acquisition of private home builder; Represented semiconductor company in its sale to large public company; Represented private company in the sale of its semiconductor fab facility and selected assets to a Japanese corporation; Venture Capital Transactions; Represented semiconductor chip company in multiple rounds of venture capital financing totaling over 100 million in venture financing; Represented online knowledge management company in 24 million Series C Preferred Stock financing; Represented online physician portal in multiple rounds of venture capital financing totaling over 60 million in venture financing; Represented medical device reprocessing company in multiple rounds of venture capital financing totaling over 38 million in financing; Represented manufacturer of small wind turbines in multiple round of venture capital financing; Represented medical device company in its 7.5 million Series B Preferred Stock financing; Represented drug development company in multiple rounds of Series A and Series B private equity investment; Represented a drug development company in its license of technology from the Translational Genomic Research Institute (TGen) and Series A Preferred Stock financing by Silicon Valley venture capital fund; Represented a company with an online information and collaboration portal for physicians in its license of technology from TGen and private equity investment; Represented Palo Alto venture capital fund in its lead investment in a 4 million Series A Preferred Stock financing of software company; Represented venture capital fund in its Series A Preferred Stock financing of Atlanta-based software company; Represented German venture capital fund in its 3 million Series A Preferred Stock financing of a Denver-based life sciences company; Represented venture capital fund in its 8 million Series C Preferred Stock financing of Denver-based software compan; Represented Sacramento-based venture capital fund in its investment in an information technology company; Represented venture capital fund in its investment as lead investor in a medical diagnostics company; Represented venture capital fund in its investment as lead investor in a semiconductor company; Represented Internet company in its recapitalization and placement of Preferred Stock and debt financing to Silicon Valley venture capital investors; Fund Formations; Represented Phoenix-based life science fund in the formation and raising of a 20 million fund; Represented Phoenix-based private equity fund in the formation and raising of a 120 million fund; Represented and advised numerous private equity sponsors in the formation and raising of opportunity funds, venture funds and private equity funds from private investors that focus on the investment in or acquisition of identified operating businesses, real estate, and distressed loans or assets; Securities Offerings & Related Transactions; Represented numerous public companies in PIPE transactions; Represented companies seeking to take their companies public; Represented public companies in the adoption or termination poison pills and related anti-takeover measures, stock repurchase programs and tender offers as well as public equity and debt financing

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