Lynn Kelly Law Firm PC
Lynn Kelly has practiced law in North Texas since 1989 and has represented clients in more than 130 jury trials. After beginning her career as a prosecutor in Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, she handled and eventually supervised litigation matters for the North Texas division of a major insurance carrier. In addition to several years of private law firm experience, Lynn was in-house counsel with a Fort Worth-based Fortune 500 corporate legal department.
A native Texan, Lynn is a graduate of Abilene Christian University and of Pepperdine University School of Law. She was recently selected by her peers for the 9th time to the annual “Top Attorneys” list in Fort Worth, Texas Magazine and was named a "Power Attorney" by Fort Worth Business Press in 2014.
Lynn’s practice emphasizes the following:
• Advising business clients regarding contracts, employment and insurance matters.
• Representing clients in Alternative Dispute Resolution proceedings, including mediation and arbitration.
• Civil litigation in both Texas state and federal courts, with concentration in personal injury defense, employment law and commercial disputes.
Areas of Law and Practice
|Areas of Law||Areas of Practice|
|Contracts||Contract Drafting, Commercial Contracts, Contract Fraud, Contract Litigation, International Commercial Contracts, International Contracts|
|Labor and Employment||Affirmative Action, Age Discrimination in Employment, Americans with Disabilities Act, Caregiver Discrimination, Child Labor Law, Civil Service, Collective Bargaining, Confidentiality Agreements, Covenants Not To Compete, Employee Discipline, Employee Drug Testing, Employee Leasing, Employee Privacy, Employee Rights, Employer Intentional Torts, Employer Liability, Employer Rights, Employment Arbitration, Employment at Will, Employment Breach of Contract, Employment Civil Rights, Employment Claims, Employment Class Actions, Employment Contracts, Employment Defense, Employment Disability Discrimination, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Employment Mediation, Employment Practices Liability Insurance, Employment Rights, Employment Termination, Equal Employment Opportunity Law, Executive Employment Law, Executive Severance Contracts, Executive Transfers, Fair Employment Practices, Fair Labor Standards, Family and Medical Leave Act, Federal Employment Law, Harassment, Human Resources Law, International Employment Contracts, International Labor Law, Labor Antitrust, Labor Arbitration, Labor Law, Labor Legislation, Labor Relations, Labor Strikes, Management Employment Law, Management Labor Law, Minimum Wage Law, National Labor Relations Act, National Origin Discrimination, Negligent Hiring, Noncompete Litigation, Noncompetition and Non-Solicitation, Agreements, Outsourcing, Personnel Policies, Personnel Training, Pregnancy Discrimination, Prevailing Wage Litigation, Public Sector Collective Bargaining, Public Sector Employment Law, Public Sector Labor Relations, Reductions in Force, Restrictive Covenants, Retaliatory Discharge, Security Clearances, Sexual Harassment, Title VII Discrimination, Unfair Labor Practices, Uniformed Services Employment, and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), Union Contract Negotiations, Union Elections, Union Labor Law, Union Organization, Wage and Hour Class Actions, Wage and Hour Law, WARN Act, Whistleblower Litigation, Workplace Violence, Wrongful Termination, Wrongful Termination Defense|
|Litigation||Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Complex and Multi-District Litigation, Complex Litigation, Defense Litigation, E-Discovery, Federal Civil Litigation, Federal Litigation, International Litigation, Long-Arm Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Trial Practice, U.S. Supreme Court Litigation|
|Personal Injury||Accidents, Animal Attacks, Aquatic Injuries, Automobile Accidents and Injuries, Automobile Negligence, Bicycle Accidents, Boating Accidents, Bodily Injury, Brain Injury, Bus Accidents, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Catastrophic Injury, Commercial Vehicle Liability, Dog Bites, Electrical Injury, Head Injury, Motor Vehicle Accidents and Injuries, Motorcycle Accidents, Neurolaw, Pedestrian Injuries, Personal Injury Appeals, Product Liability, Severe Burns, Sexual Abuse, Slip and Fall, Spinal Injury, Subway Accidents, Third Party Wrongful Death, Work Place Injury, Whiplash, Wrongful Death|
|Premises Liability||Inadequate Security, Negligent Security, Premises Liability Defense, Premises Security, Private Security Litigation|
Prosecutor in Criminal Trial Division | Dallas County District Attorney's Office
1990 - 1994
Assistant Vice President and Legal Counsel | D.R. Horton Inc.
2006 - 2007
Managed litigation and claims for Central and Eastern U.S. operations, including contractual disputes, construction issues, employment matters and personal injury claims; advise all levels of employees in claims, compliance and litigation matters; negotiated and drafted settlement agreements; represented corporate entities before state regulatory agencies such as Texas Residential Construction Commission; coordinated responses to subpoenas, garnishments, and governmental agency requests; worked directly with senior management and corporate communications team in responding to high-profile matters. Assigned and supervised outside counsel.
Trial Attorney and Claims Legal Counsel | Nationwide Insurance
1994 - 2002
Attorney for North Texas claims operation
• Managed litigation and large claims under auto, homeowners and commercial insurance policies
• Supervised first and third-party litigation assigned to outside counsel and staff attorney office
• Addressed coverage questions for adjusters and managers; approved first party coverage denials; made coverage opinion assignments to outside counsel
• Provided litigation and coverage training for claim adjusters
Of Counsel | Lynn Pham and Ross
2008 - 2010
Civil litigation and administrative law practice with concentration in management labor and employment law; advice to business clients regarding contracts, risk management and insurance matters; independent investigations into employment issues for governmental entities; representation of governmental entities in civil service and non-civil service employment hearings and litigation; representation of clients in Alternative Dispute Resolution proceedings including mediation and arbitration.
Attorney Owner | Lynn Kelly Law Firm PC
2010 - 2016
Representation of parties in civil litigation; advise business clients regarding contracts, risk management and insurance matters; independent investigations into employment issues for employers, including governmental entities; representation of governmental entities in civil service and non-civil service employment hearings and litigation; representation of clients in Alternative Dispute Resolution proceedings including mediation and arbitration; guardian ad litem in personal injury litigation; State Bar of Texas Certified Attorney Ad Litem in Texas Probate Courts.
attorney | Whitaker Chalk Swindle and Sawyer L.L.P.
2002 - 2005
Represented variety of corporate entities in commercial litigation matters, intellectual property disputes and employment claims; participated in several jury trials through verdict (both first and second chair); defended numerous Texas non-subscriber employers in personal injury litigation; advised business clients regarding entity formation, contracts and general corporate matters.
J.D. | Pepperdine University School of Law
1986 - 1989
B.A. in government magna cum laude | Abilene Christian University
1982 - 1986
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Publications and Presentations
1 ) How an Employer Can Avoid Sexual Harassment Liability
2 ) Five Tips to Keep New Businesses Out of Trouble
TYPICAL HOURLY RATE: $225
TYPICAL FIXED FEE: --
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Fort Worth, Texas, Tarrant County
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