Garland A. Kelley

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Securities Litigation Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Glaser Weil LLP
10250 Constellation Blvd., 19th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: 310-282-6215
Fax: 310-843-2626
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2007 - 2008
Licensed Since: 2003
Education: Columbia Law School
Practice Areas: Securities Litigation (50%), Civil Litigation: Defense (50%)
Attorney Profile

As a litigation partner and Co-Chair of the firm's Crisis Management & Response Department, Mr. Kelley’s practice primarily involves securities litigation and complex business litigation. Typical matters include class actions, derivative litigation, multi-jurisdictional matters, transnational litigation, corporate investigations, or matters where there are opportunities to shape the law in meaningful ways.

  • Mr. Kelley began his legal practice at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York, from 1999 through 2002. He was admitted to the New York bar in 2000, and to the California bar in 2003. In California, Mr. Kelley was an associate at Irell & Manella prior to joining Glaser Weil.
  • Mr. Kelley earned his law degree from Columbia Law School, his master’s degree from Claremont Graduate University, and his bachelor’s degree from Rice University.
  • Prior to practicing law, Mr. Kelley was a management consultant with Accenture for 8 years, working primarily on matters in Malaysia, Indonesia and Argentina.

About Garland A. Kelley

Admitted: 2003, New York

Professional Webpage:


  • TRAMMELL CROW COMPANY:  Represented Trammell Crow and related entities in litigation filed in L.A. County Superior Court regarding a real estate venture. Prevailed at summary adjudication on virtually all claims, thereafter persuading the Court to rule in our favor as to the remaining issue as a matter of law, avoiding the need for a jury trial. All trial court rulings (including fees) affirmed on appeal.
  • NMC HEALTH:  When comments by short sellers prompted a sharp decline in the share price of NMC Health, the NMC Board of Directors established an Independent Review Committee who engaged our Crisis Management Group to conduct an investigation. The investigation identified significant issues related to NMC’s financials – leading to the termination of the CEO and several Board members, and additional investigations by regulators in London and the United Arab Emirates. NMC is based in the UAE and was traded on the London Stock Exchange.
  • GUESS?, INC. SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS:  With Patty Glaser, represented Special Committee that investigated allegations of improper conduct by Mr. Paul Marciano, Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of the Company. As a result of the investigation, Mr. Marciano notified the Board of his decision to resign as Executive Chairman of the Board, and that following the expiration of his employment agreement, all of his former duties and responsibilities will be undertaken by a successor.
  • JOHN SCHNATTER (“PAPA JOHN”):  Represent Papa John in numerous lawsuits, including class action litigation, Danker, et al. v. Papa John’s International, Inc., et al., No. 18-cv-7927 (S.D.N.Y.) filed in federal court in New York, and the matter Schnatter v. Papa John’s International, Inc., C.A. No. 2018-0542-AGB (Del. Ch.), in which the Delaware Chancellor ruled that the Company must give Mr. Schnatter numerous documents, a ruling which came after a full trial on the matter. Benchmark Litigation awarded Mr. Kelley an “Impact Case of the Year” award for the Schnatter v. Papa John’s Delaware matter.
  • DOLE FOOD COMPANY:  Represent Dole Food Company in litigation in the Southern District of New York filed pursuant to Section 16(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 related to alleged short-swing  
  • LATTICE SEMICONDUCTOR SECURITIES LITIGATION (Ronald Hoyt):  In re Lattice Semiconductor Corp. Securities Litig., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 262 (Jan. 3, 2006) (D. Ore.)  
  • MAXIM INTEGRATED PRODUCTS SECURITIES LITIGATION (John Gifford):  In re Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. Securities Litig., 639 F. Supp. 2d 1038 (July 16, 2009) (N.D. Ca.) Hannan v. Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 69966 (Aug. 10, 2009) (D. Ore.) Ryan v. Gifford, et al., 935 A.2d 258 (Nov. 21, 2007) (Del. Ch.)
  • SANJAY SHARMA:  Bergstein, et al. v. Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, et al.  Represent individual defendant in litigation related to the purchase and sale of the Miramax film library; obtained dismissal of all claims via anti-SLAPP motion.
  • CBIZ / IN RE HERITAGE BOND SECURITIES LITIGATION:  Talley v. Valuation Counselors Group, Inc., 191 Cal. App. 4th 132 (Dec. 22, 2010) (Cal. App.) In re Heritage Bond Litig., 546 F.3d 667 (Oct. 1, 2008) (9th Cir.) 
  • KFC CORPORATION:  KFC Natl. Council and Advertising Coop., Inc. v. KFC Corp., 2011 Del. Ch. LEXIS 17 (Jan. 31, 2011) (Del Ch.) 
  • KEITH OLBERMANN: Represented Keith Olbermann and Olbermann Broadcasting Empire, Inc. in $50 million breach of contract lawsuit against Current TV – founded by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, and later sold to Al Jazeera – regarding Mr. Olbermann’s full editorial control over "Countdown with Keith Olbermann." The parties reached a confidential settlement. Press reports said Mr. Olbermann will receive "a significant payout from Current."
  • ARCHSTONE-SMITH TRUST:  Ortiz v. Lyon Mgmt. Group, Inc., 157 Cal. App. 4th 604 (Dec. 3, 2007) (Cal. App.)
  • IN RE RAMBUS DERIVATIVE LITIGATION and KELLEY V. RAMBUS (Geoff Tate):  In re Rambus Inc. Deriv. Litig., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 131845 (Jan. 20, 2009) (N.D. Ca.) (Settlement) J. Kelley, et al. v. Rambus, Inc., et al., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 100319 (Dec. 9, 2008) (N.D. Ca.) J. Kelley, et al. v. Rambus, Inc., et al., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 120042 (Apr. 17, 2008) (N.D. Ca.) J. Kelley, et al. v. Rambus, Inc., et al., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81616, (Oct. 15, 2007) (N.D. Ca.)


  • Benchmark Litigation ranked Glaser Weil’s Litigation Department as “highly recommended,” one of only a handful of California law firms at this elite level

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Educational Background

  • Columbia Law School, J.D.
  • Rice University, B.A. (Philosophy & History)
  • Claremont Graduate University, M.A. (Philosophy)
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Office Location for Garland A. Kelley

10250 Constellation Blvd.
19th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Last Updated: 6/25/2021

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