Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Business Law
  • Employment Law
  • Real Estate

Joseph P. Kelly - Partner

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Practice areas and experience

Joe has experience litigating commercial matters, insurance coverage disputes, claims against professionals, and personal injury and property damage claims; failed bank investigations and litigation; counseling insurers on insurance claims and handling claim reserve audits; counseling businesses on a wide range of matters including leasing, employment issues, contracting, acquisitions, financing, real estate and corporate governance; counseling professional corporations such as for dental practices; and handling business start-ups.


Chicago-Kent School of Law, J.D., 2004; University of Illinois, B.S., 2001.

Admitted to Practice

Illinois; and United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Representative Litigation and Other Matters

  • National claims and regulatory counsel for a major life and disability insurer (2015-present)
  • Sale of 11 commercial properties in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin in conjunction with a sale of assets of wholesale and retail building and supply company and manufacturer (2021)
  • Sale of shares in a family farm (2020)
  • Purchase of shares of glass and glazing company (2019) 
  • Sale of assets of manufacturing business in US and UK (2017)
  • Purchase of assets of wholesale and retail building supply company (2015 Iowa; 2015 Illinois)
  • Purchase of shares of property tax consulting company (2016)
  • Purchase of assets of printing company (2014)
  • Sale of assets of automation company (2013)
  • Purchase of assets of multi-location wholesale and retail building supply company and manufacturer (2011-2012)
  • A case involving legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims, where Joe assisted in defending a lawyer and law firm
  • Investigation and litigation involving bank failures including claims against directors, officers, and professionals
  • An insurance coverage case involving a multi-million dollar financial institution bond claim about fraudulent letters of credit
  • A declaratory judgment claim seeking recission of an insurance policy due to false statements in the insurance application 
  • Multiple declaratory judgment claims in Illinois state and federal court regarding coverage under directors' and officers' insurance policies 
  • Cases involving medical malpractice claims, where Joe assisted in defending a bariatric surgeon
  • A case involving a construction accident fall at a Chicago highrise, where Joe assisted in defending a general contractor

Reported Cases



Co-author of Jones Lemon employment Law Tracker, Business Law Blog, D&O Digest, Financial Institution Bond Blog, Lawyers Malpractice Digest, Professional Liability Insurance Digest

Professional associations

American, Illinois State and Kane County Bar Associations, including the ABA Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice section; Professional Liability Underwriting Society.

Other activities

Director, Geneva Community Chest

Former Director The Growing Place Preschool at Fox Valley Presbyterian church