Irish Legal 100


CHRISTOPHER G. Kelly is the firmwide section leader of the 490-lawyer Litigation Section for Holland & Knight. Based in the firm’s New York office, Kelly focuses his practice on multiparty complex commercial litigation, including aviation defense, defense of mass and toxic torts, product liability, class-actions (consumer, labor/employment, data privacy and cybersecurity) and insurance.

Kelly has an internationally recognized reputation for pioneering innovative and costeffective strategies for minimizing risk in both litigation and commercial transactions. His clients include domestic airlines, international transportation carriers, food and chemical manufacturers, domestic and foreign insurers, and public and private companies in the financial professional and consumer service industries.

Kelly has particular experience in representing clients facing potentially catastrophic liabilities. Since 1987 he has successfully guided domestic and foreign clients to resolution, through trial, arbitration, negotiation or mediation of dozens of highly publicized claims that in total sought more than $60 billion in damages.

Kelly has been recognized by Chambers USA every year since 2011, and New York Super Lawyers since 2013. Who’s Who Legal has also recognized him multiple years.

Kelly earned a BA, with honors, from Haverford College, and a JD from Duke University School of Law.

Kelly is married to Joanna Geraghty, president and COO of JetBlue Airways, and board chairperson of the Irish-founded international aid organization Concern Worldwide. His paternal grandparents were from Co. Roscommon, and his maternal grandmother was from Co. Kerry.





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