Deborah A. Kelly

Deborah Kelly is an Associate with the firm where her practice includes commercial and environmental litigation, environmental regulatory matters and corporate transactions.

Deborah represents a diverse group of clients across a range of industries and acts as general corporate counsel to a number of mid-sized companies. She advises clients in a variety of areas, including business and contract disputes, employment issues, preparation, review and negotiation of all types of commercial contracts including supply and vendor agreements, licensing agreements, master services agreements, consulting agreements and employment agreements.

In her environmental practice, Deborah counsels clients on matters related to the impact of environmental investigations and remediation of contaminated industrial and commercial properties, as well as regulatory compliance issues. Deborah represents clients in environmental litigation, penalty and enforcement matters and cost recovery actions, involving federal and state statutes including CERCLA, RCRA and New Jersey’s Spill Act. She recently was part of a team representing a Fortune 500 company and other parties in one of the largest environmental litigations and settlements in New Jersey.

While in law school, Deborah was a Note Editor for the Legislative Journal. She also completed a judicial internship with the Honorable Patty Shwartz, District Court of New Jersey. After law school, Ms. Kelly served as a judicial clerk the Honorable Thomas W. Cavanagh, Superior Court of New Jersey, Presiding Judge of the Civil Division,Monmouth County, for the 2005-2006 Term. Prior to law school, Deborah worked in the crisis management and communications field, counseling both Fortune 500 corporations and government agencies.


Commercial Litigation
Corporate and Business Transactions Employment Litigation, Counseling and Training Environmental and Toxic Tort


Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D. 2005) Note Editor, Seton Hall Legislative Bureau, American University (B.A. 1997)

Professional Admissions

State of New Jersey (2005) State of New York (2006)

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (2005)


No End in Sight for Parties Subject to Contribution Claims

March 12, 2015

The Extent of Recoverable Damages for Migrating Contamination Remains Uncertain
January 6, 2015

The Wait is Over: A Party Can Now File a Contribution Claim Prior to the Completion of a Cleanup
August 6, 2014

Remedial Investigation Deadline Extension Signed into Law
January 23, 2014

Relief from the Remedial Investigation Deadline is in Sight

January 17, 2014

Publications and Presentations

The Legal Services Corporation’s Solicitation Restriction and the Inconstitutional Conditions Doctrine: Has the Death Knell Sounded For Future Challenges to the Restriction? 2004, 29 Seton Hall Legis. J. 247

Awards and Honors

Selected for inclusion in New Jersey Rising Stars, 2014 and 2015.

Selected for inclusion in New Jersey Law Journal New Leaders of the Bar 2014


Member, New Jersey Bar Association
Member, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association Member, Defense Research Institute