Legal Team

Sean S. Kelly Senior Attorney

Sean S. Kelly is a labor and employment lawyer with experience practicing before state and federal courts and various administrative agencies. He represents management in litigation involving unpaid overtime, employee misclassification, employment discrimination, unfair labor practices, labor arbitration, employee benefits, administrative enforcement actions, and workers’ compensation. Sean also prosecutes a variety of construction claims for the Firm’s clients.

In addition to litigation, Sean enjoys advising businesses on issues including statutory and regulatory compliance, corporate governance, and contracts. He draws upon his extensive litigation experience to craft compliance solutions that will help clients avoid litigation, and prevail in court if challenged.

Sean S. Kelly lives in Westlake, Ohio, with his wife Rachel and two children. He is a licensed commercial pilot and avid canoeist, but when he is not working, he devotes his time to his family.

Experience & Education

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, J.D. cum laude, 2002.
Executive Editor, Cleveland State Law Review.
Outstanding Editor Award.
Recipient, CALI Award for Achievement in Admiralty
The Kent State University, B.A. cum laude, 1989

Supreme Court of Ohio, 2002
United States Supreme Court, 2007
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2011
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2002
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2006
The United States Tax Court, 2016
Sean S. Kelly has also practiced pro hac vice in litigation pending in Pennsylvania and New York courts.

Member, Board of Directors, Federal Bar Association, Northern District of Ohio Chapter
Member, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Civil Justice Improvement Committee
Member, Ohio State Bar Association
Panel attorney, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Pilot Protection Services (PPS)

Member, Board of Directors, ReInventing the Cycle
Sean Kelly has also provided governance and compliance advice to numerous nonprofit organizations.

Practice Area Specialties