Michael Kelly’s practice encompasses litigation and counseling matters in all areas of intellectual property law, patents, trademarks, copyrights and unfair competition as well as related fashion, entertainment, music, contract, Internet and domain name issues. Mr. Kelly has appeared before federal courts, state courts, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and UDRP arbitration panels in numerous proceedings, and has assisted many clients, ranging from the world’s largest retailer to start-up companies, individuals and charitable organizations with non-contentious matters including the acquisition of intellectual property rights and counseling clients on their intellectual property portfolios.    

Mr. Kelly has considerable experience with assessing the availability and registrability of trademarks and the acquisition and protection of domain names. In addition to securing, protecting and enforcing clients’ intellectual property rights, he also routinely counsels clients on other intellectual property related matters including brand management issues, advertising issues and contracts, anti-piracy programs and enforcement, trademark counterfeiting and gray market goods, compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), website privacy policies, general website layout, website disclaimers and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

Mr. Kelly is a member of the International Trademark Association's Internet Committee, the New York Intellectual Property Law Association,  the New York State Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section, and the New York City Bar Committee on Fashion Law.

Mr. Kelly is an Adjunct Professor at New York Law School.


Panelist, "On the Heels of the Week: The Status of Fashion Protection," New York State Bar Association, 2012

Panelist, "The Direction of Fashion Law," New York Law School Media, Entertainment and Fashion Law Association seminar on Illegal Apparel: Issues in Fashion, 2011

Panelist, "Intellectual Property Issues in Business Transactions," The Hudson-Bergen Inn of Transactional Counsel, 2011

bar and court admissions
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
professional organizations
International Trademark Association (INTA): 2010-2011 Internet Committee
New York Intellectual Property Law Association
New York State Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section
New York City Bar Committee on Fashion Law