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Mary Joan Kelly

Mary Joan Kelly

Practice areas:

Family, Litigation

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Mary focuses her practice on sophisticated domestic litigation, often for well-known clients with complex and varied holdings. Her practice requires a depth of knowledge as complex and varied as her clients as well as uncommon discretion.


 


Mary has been listed in the family law category of Best Lawyers in America since 1995 and in the family law mediation category since 2008. She has been rated AV Preeminent in the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory for over 20 years. Mary has been selected by her peers as a Colorado Super Lawyer in the area of family law every year since this publication first appeared.


 


In the course of domestic litigation, negotiation is an essential skill. As with all civil cases, most domestic cases result in settlement. Mary completed the Harvard Law School course of Negotiation.


 


Prior to joining Reilly Pozner, Mary maintained a successful practice in domestic litigation for thirty years. She began her practice in the litigation department of Sherman & Howard, a large Denver-based firm, where she worked on complex corporate and domestic litigation. During her ten years there, Mary developed her domestic practice and advanced to partner in the litigation department. After Sherman & Howard, Mary founded Mary J. Kelly P.C. where she practiced for 20 years.


 


Throughout her career, she has preferred a model where she can work closely and personally with a select number of clients.


 


Mary has served as President of the Denver Bar Association, as member of the board of trustees of the Colorado Bar Association, and Chair of the Colorado Lawyer’s Committee for Equal Justice. She has served on two Colorado Supreme Court civil rules committees. She is a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers.


 


In the domestic field, Mary has served as President of the Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and Chair of the Family Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association.


 


Mary earned her law degree from the University of Denver College of Law. She holds an undergraduate degree in the then United Nations-sponsored Conflict and Peace Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1981

  1. Family: 85%
    4 years
  2. Litigation: 15%
    4 years

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Contact Info

Reilly Pozner LLP

1900 16th St., Suite 1700
Denver, CO, 80202

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
COActive198106/30/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Listed in Family Law and Family Law MediationBest Lawyers in America2015
Colorado Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Listed in Family Law and Family Law MediationBest Lawyers in America2014
Colorado Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Top 50 Women Colorado Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Listed in Family Law and Family Law MediationBest Lawyers in America2013
Top 50 Women Colorado Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Listed in Family Law and Family Law MediationBest Lawyers in America2012
Colorado Super Lawyer in the area of Family LawSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Listed in Family Law and Family Law MediationBest Lawyers in America2011
Colorado Super Lawyer in the area of Family LawSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Listed in Family Law and Family Law MediationBest Lawyers in America2010
Colorado Super Lawyer in the area of Family LawSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
Listed in Family Law and Family Law MediationBest Lawyers in America2009
Listed in Family Law and Family Law MediationBest Lawyers in America2008
Colorado Super Lawyer in the area of Family LawSuper Lawyers Magazine2008
Colorado Super Lawyer in the area of Family LawSuper Lawyers Magazine2007
Listed in Family LawBest Lawyers2007
Top 25 Women Colorado Super LawyersColorado Super Lawyers Magazine2006
Top 50 Colorado Super LawyersColorado Super Lawyers Magazine2006
Listed in Family LawBest Lawyers in America2006
Listed in Family LawBest Lawyers in America2005
Listed in Family LawBest Lawyers in America2004
Listed in Family LawBest Lawyers in America2003
Listed in Family LawBest Lawyers in America2002
Listed in Family LawBest Lawyers in America2001
Listed in Family LawBest Lawyers in America2000
Listed in Family LawBest Lawyers in America1999
Listed in Family LawBest Lawyers in America1998
Listed in Family LawBest Lawyers in America1997
Listed in Family LawBest Lawyers in America1996
Listed in Family LawBest Lawyers in America1995
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Of CounselReilly Pozner LLP2011 - Present
AttorneyMary J. Kelly PC1991 - 2011
AttorneySherman & Howard1981 - 1991

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersChair, Colorado Chapter2008 - 2008
Denver Bar AssociationPresident1995 - 1995
Colorado Bar AssociationChair of Family Law Section1988 - 1988
Colorado Lawyers Committee for Equal JusticeChairN/A
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Colorado Bar AssociationBoard of TrusteesN/A
Colorado Women's Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Denver Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Denver Bar AssociationMemberN/A
International Society of BarristersFellowN/A

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of DenverN/AJ.D.1981
University of ColoradoN/AB.A.1978
Harvard University Law SchoolN/ACourse of NegotiationN/A