Kelly M. Curtis is an associate in the Litigation Department. She has experience in a wide variety of commercial litigation matters, including litigating and advising clients regarding trade secret misappropriation, false advertising, sports, environmental remediation, and contract disputes. Kelly has prepared witnesses for trial and depositions, assisted in taking and defending depositions, written dispositive and appellate motions, and argued trial motions in federal court. Kelly was part of the trial team that secured a unanimous defense verdict for Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), defeating a breach of contract claim in which a purported agent sought tens of millions of dollars in claimed commissions relating to retransmission royalties. The team also successfully defended against the appeal of the jury verdict to the Ninth Circuit.
Kelly also maintains an active pro bono practice, focusing on issues relating to immigration. Most recently, she successfully represented a client seeking asylum from Turkey based on his membership in the LGBT+ community.
Kelly earned her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, where she served on the Moot Court Honors Board. While at UCLA, she worked for the Alliance for Children’s Rights, representing caregivers in foster care, guardianship, and adoption benefits matters.
Prior to law school, Kelly received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on International Relations.