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Former Federal Judge Walter DeKalb Kelley, Jr. Joins Hausfeld


October 7, 2014 (Washington, D.C.) -  Global litigation firm Hausfeld announced today that Walter DeKalb Kelley, Jr., former United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. headquarters as a partner. Judge Kelley’s practice will span the firm’s Antitrust/Competition and Commercial and Financial Services Litigation groups while expanding the firm’s mediation services. “Judge Kelley has an impeccable reputation and extensive trial and litigation experience, while offering unparalleled insights that draw on his time on the federal bench as well as his decades of private practice,” said Chairman Michael Hausfeld. “We welcome him to the firm, and our clients worldwide will enjoy working with him and benefitting from his exceptional talents.” 

Judge Kelley was nominated to serve as a federal judge in 2003, and the United States Senate unanimously confirmed him on June 23, 2004.  While presiding over hundreds of criminal and civil disputes, Judge Kelley also taught antitrust and federal jurisdiction at Regent University School of Law.  In 2008, Judge Kelley became a partner at Jones Day, where he focused on antitrust and intellectual-property litigation. 

“Very few attorneys can claim the depth of experience, creativity, and distinguished record that Judge Kelley brings to Hausfeld,” said Administrative Partner Brent Landau. “His antitrust and intellectual-property expertise, coupled with his experience resolving and mediating complex matters, is a unique combination that complements our practice and that our corporate clients will prize. We look forward to growing the firm in the years ahead with his contributions.”

Even before assuming the federal bench, Judge Kelley was a central figure in Virginia legal circles.  As a partner with Troutman Sanders and Wilcox & Savage, Judge Kelley tried more than 25 cases to verdict, including a range of antitrust and intellectual-property disputes.   He has been named to the Best Lawyers in America, “The Legal Elite” in Virginia Business Magazine, and Super Lawyers, and has held numerous bar association positions, including Chairman of the Virginia State Bar’s Section of Antitrust, Franchise, and Trade Regulation Law.  He has published widely on a variety of legal issues and is a frequent speaker on intellectual-property law, antitrust law, legal ethics, electronic discovery, and the use of expert witnesses.

Judge Kelley also has a long record of civic engagement, with a particular focus on education.  He has served as Commissioner of the Independent Bipartisan Advisory Commission on Redistricting in Virginia, a member of the Attorney General’s Task Force on Higher Education, a trustee of the Norfolk Collegiate School, and President of the Washington & Lee Alumni Association. 

Judge Kelley graduated cum laude from Washington & Lee University and magna cum laude from the University’s School of Law, where he was decorated with the Order of the Coif and was an editor of the Washington & Lee Law Review.  Following law school, Judge Kelley clerked for the Honorable Ellsworth Van Graafeiland, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. 

This is the second major lateral acquisition announced by Hausfeld in the last week.  Laurent Geelhand, Michelin’s General Counsel for Europe, joined Hausfeld as a partner last week in Brussels, where he will open and manage Hausfeld’s second European office.  For more information, please click here.                                                                                                    

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» Judge Kelley Press Release- FINAL (PDF)