George J. Kelly, Jr., Shareholder

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George Kelly is a Shareholder in the Firm and practices primarily in the areas of employment law, labor law and litigation. He represents management in a variety of employment matters and also has a general commercial litigation practice.

George's employment litigation experience ranges from discrimination and wrongful discharge to employee free speech and whistleblower cases. He tries these cases in federal and state court as well as before administrative agencies.

In addition, George has litigated a number of employee restrictive covenant and trade secret cases, and is often called upon to advise employers in these situations. Another significant area of concentration has been broker dealer employment matters in the securities industry, where he has represented companies both in court and before arbitration panels.

George was a law clerk to Chief Judge T. Emmet Clarie of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. As an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, he gained five years of experience trying criminal and civil matters in court and jury trials. George subsequently joined the Law Department of Aetna Life & Casualty. There he managed a variety of litigation matters while also trying cases himself. While at Aetna, he helped develop a range of cost-effective litigation techniques as part of the company's effort to limit the expense of litigation.

Along with his professional activities, George has taken an active part in civic and community affairs. This has included active participation in a community-based mediation program. He has served as a mediator in over a hundred such cases, and has trained new mediators. This experience has enabled him to develop a good understanding of the mediation process, which he has been able to employ in representing clients in mediation and in occasionally mediating employment cases himself.

George's broad experience has positioned him to effectively represent employers in today's environment. His thorough knowledge of the litigation process, combined with this experience in alternative dispute resolution and litigation management, means that he can help clients develop plans to achieve the most effective and efficient resolution of each individual case.

Practice Areas:

Employment Law/Litigation, Wage and Hour Law, Government Regulation Compliance

Admitted to Practice

Connecticut, 1974

Massachusetts, 1975

U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 1974

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1975

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1977

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1998


University of Notre Dame, A.B., 1968

Harvard Law School, J.D., 1974


Professional Activities

American Bar Association

Connecticut Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

Hartford County Bar Association

Community Activities

Adjunct Mediation Clinic, UConn School of Law, 1994-1995

Instructor, Lawyering Process, UConn School of Law, 1996

Commissioner, Wethersfield Housing Authority, 1995 to present; Chair, 1997 to present