Kelley Keller Bio

Kelley Keller, Esq.

Kelley, the attorney.

Kelley Keller, Esq. is a 25-year veteran of the intellectual property field, during which she has helped global brands and small businesses protect their brands, creativity, and innovation and has seen it all—from the biggest mistakes to the biggest victories. Her unique experience gives her incredible insights into the holistic relationship between intellectual property. 

Kelley works with companies in various stages of development, and their in-house legal departments, by helping them build stronger legal/business partnerships that facilitate the transformation of both tacit and codified knowledge, creativity, and innovation into high value strategic assets that, when leveraged properly, increase revenue and drive competitive edge. 

Kelley’s personal practice also includes representing clients on a broad range of domestic and international intellectual property issues, with an emphasis on trademark and copyright matters, licensing and enforcement of intellectual property rights, and providing counsel and advice on brand expansion and management, domain name disputes, copyright protection, and new media law. She works closely with patent attorneys skilled in various arts to assist clients in determining the best protection strategies for their inventions.

Kelley has represented clients across a broad range of industries, including software, fintech, electronics, supermarkets, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and entertainment. She counsels clients on use and registration of trademarks in the United States and abroad, including best practices for the selection, adoption, maintenance and enforcement of trademarks, service marks, and other forms of trade identity (trade dress, product design, product configuration, and right-of-publicity).

Having a strong back background in copyright matters, she also advises clients regarding registration, licensing, enforcement, and rights-clearance. This often includes providing counsel regarding DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) compliance, content protection, licensing and enforcement. Her copyright experience encompasses a broad spectrum of works of authorship, including source code, databases, websites, online works, photographs, musical works, paintings and drawings, fabric designs, sculptures, toys, product labels, books, and architectural drawings.

Kelley frequently negotiates the settlement of pre-litigation disputes, handles opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and litigates various intellectual property disputes in the federal courts.

Kelley has 25 + years of experience working with intellectual property matters. She began her career as Director of Continuing Legal Education and International Programs with the National Intellectual Property Law Institute, a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. In this role, she traveled to nearly two dozen countries working with United States and foreign embassies, and high level government, academic, industry, and judicial personnel around the world on issues related to intellectual property and its relationship to the global trading environment. She also visited numerous research laboratories throughout the country and gained a clear understanding of the technology transfer process from government and university laboratories to the private sector, and relies on that experience in her daily practice of law.

Kelley also spent several years working in intellectual property law firms, including the largest IP boutique, and AmLaw 100 firm, in the United States. During this time, she gained broad experience assisting companies doing business at home and abroad, and international companies entering the U.S. market to protect their intellectual property assets. Her legal work comprised transactions in more than 200 jurisdictions around the world and included mega brands such as DISNEY®, TOYOTA®, SAFEWAY®, VERIZON®, BRIDGESTONE®, and TAKEDA® Pharmaceuticals. In 2010, Kelley moved to Pennsylvania and hung out her shingle as The Keller Law Firm.

Kelley, the educator.

In addition to her legal work, Kelley Keller takes the awe out of the law …. for ordinary people who haven’t received formal legal training. Kelley is on a mission to turn the tide of legal illiteracy by creating educational content that explains the foundational elements of our legal system, demystifies the laws it creates, and illustrates how it works (or is supposed to work), so ordinary people can participate in and engage with legal systems without fear or apology. To learn more and engage with Kelley’s content, visit

Kelley furthers her passion for education as an adjunct professor of Copyright and Trademark Law at Widener University Commonwealth School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where she has taught since 2020.

Kelley, the speaker.

Looking for a legal expert (who speaks plain English) to guest on your next podcast or keynote your virtual or live event?

Kelley’s high-energy, informative talks inspire, encourage, and empower people, whether an ordinary citizen or CEO of a multinational company, to embrace the law, rather than run from it. To book Kelley to speak, you can reach us here.

Kelley’s Education

  • The Pennsylvania State University, B.A., High Distinction
  • The Catholic University of America – Columbus School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude
  • King’s College London – Dickson Poon School of Law, Studies in UK, EU & US Copyright Law

Kelley’s Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • Commonwealth of Virginia (Inactive)
  • Supreme Court of Virginia (Inactive)
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia