Kelly A. Williams

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA

Houston Harbaugh, P.C.
 | Three Gateway Center, 401 Liberty Avenue, 22nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: 412-281-5060
Fax: 412-281-4499
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Defense (20%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (20%),
  • Insurance Coverage (20%)
Attorney Profile

A litigator, Kelly's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including intellectual property and product liability matters. She handles all phases of litigation in state and federal courts and has overseen large scale e-discovery.  Her experience includes defending corporations against trademark and copyright infringement claims, unfair competition claims, trade secret litigation, commercial disparagement claims and serving as local patent infringement counsel. Her product liability experience includes a putative class action matter in federal court, among others.  Kelly also has experience litigating insurance coverage, breach of contract, defamation, negligence, breach of warranty, construction disputes, and employment disputes. She is also local Pennsylvania counsel for a national underground utility locating company.

Kelly has taken on leadership roles with the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar Associations, DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar, and the USLAW Network.  She has volunteered with the Allegheny County Child Custody Conciliation Pro Bono Project and the Allegheny County Criminal Records Expungement Project, and served on the board of the Sojourner House. Recognized for her volunteer work, she was inducted into the Allegheny County Bar Foundation Fellows Program in 2012.

Kelly has been licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey since 1994. She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.  Ms. Williams earned a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University, graduating with honors. She received her law degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (40%)

Personal Injury - Products (20%)

Intellectual Property Litigation (20%)

Insurance Coverage (20%): Bad Faith Insurance

Focus Areas

Bad Faith Insurance

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2019

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About Kelly Williams

Admitted: 1994, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: https://www.hh-law.com/professional/kelly-a-williams/

Honors/Awards:

  • Sojourner House Outstanding Volunteer of the Year, 2003
  • Allegheny County Bar Foundation Fellow, 2012
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2018

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • The Q. Todd Dickinson Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, Member
  • USLAW Network, Women's Connection committee, Chair, 2018
  • DRI Women in the Law Committee, Vice-Chair, 2018
  • Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association, Member
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Co-Chair Public Service Committee, 2011-2013
  • DRI, Commercial Litigation Committee, Third Circuit Law Editor for Business Suit Newsletter 2009-2014
  • USLAW, member 2011-present
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania 
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association (Intellectual Property Section), Member, Secretary
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Judiciary Committee, 2010-2013
  • DRI, Women in the Law Committee, Program Chair for 2016 Women in the Law Seminar
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Legal Technology and E-Discovery Committee, 2011-present
  • State of New Jersey 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit 
  • USLAW Network, Member 
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Women in the Law Division, Chair 2014-2015, Executive Council, 2010-present
  • DRI, Electronic Discovery & Insurance Law Committees, 2009-present
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania 

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Allegheny County Expungement Program
  • Allegheny County Child Custody Conciliation Program

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Speaker, "Legal and Strategic Considerations Regarding Representation of Current and Former Employees in Litigation," co-presented to the Western Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel with Richard D. Rose of Calgon Carbon Corp. and Henry Sneath, 2013
  • Speaker, "Competency in E-Discovery," co-presented with David G. Ries of Clark Hill, 2013
  • Speaker, Bells and Whistles and the Ethics of Law on the Go: Ethical Considerations when Using Technology, 2015
  • Speaker, "Technology: Competence, Confidentiality, & Risk Management," co-presented with David G. Ries of Clark Hill, 2014
  • Speaker "Document Retention and E-Discovery: Current Perspectives from the Federal and State Courts, Litigators, Consultants and In-House Counsel", 2010
  • Speaker "Taking the Myth Out of E-Discovery and Practical Approaches to the E-Discovery Process", 2009
  • Personal Use of Employer Issued Computers Raises Complicated Privilege Issues, DRI E-Discovery Connection newsletter, Summer 2010
  • Speaker, Webinar "Discovery of Social Media Evidence and Use of Social Media Evidence at Trial," co-presented with Maureen L. Kenning of Regis Corporation in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2014
  • Speaker, Webinar "Using the Internet to Impeach Expert and Opposing Witnesses," co-presented to the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, with Henry Sneath, 2014

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Business v. General Contractor (Schuylkill County, PA) Assisted lead trial counsel  in defending general contractor in complex multi-party litigation against breach of contract and warranty claims arising from concrete floor. Case settled before trial.
  • Smith v. National Life Insurance Company Federal District Court (Pittsburgh , Pa. ) Assisted lead trial counsel with obtaining defense verdict and winning counterclaim, including an award of attorneys' fees, in a jury trial on behalf of insurer.  Plaintiff brought a civil suit alleging wrongful denial of life insurance benefits.  Defended and countersued on the bases of fraud and breach of contract due to plaintiff's misrepresentations regarding the status of his health.  The decision was upheld on appeal.
  • Widow v. ABC Life Insurance Company Federal District Court (Pittsburgh, Pa.) Obtained summary judgment on behalf of insurance company. Plaintiff filed suit claiming insurer had breached life insurance policy allegedly issued to her decedent husband. Successfully argued that no policy of insurance was ever in force between insurer and decedent husband.
  • Restaurant Group v. National Insurance Company Federal District Court ( Pittsburgh , Pa.) Assisted with drafting successful motion for summary judgment on behalf of insurer in civil suit brought by insured for insurance coverage for underlying class action based upon the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA).
  • Manufacturer Corp. v. Distributor Corp Federal District Court ( Pittsburgh , Pa. )  Assisted lead trial counsel in obtaining verdict in favor of company against its former distributor for trademark infringement and unfair competition.
  • Father and Minor Son v. XYZ Manufacturing Company ( Allegheny County , Pa. ) Assisted in defending equipment manufacturer against strict product liability claims arising from injuries to four-year old child.  Case settled before trial.
  • Tenant v. Apartment Complex Owner and Leasing Agent (Allegheny County, PA) Lead trial counsel, defended property owner and leasing agent in civil suit brought by tenant for negligence in maintaining common area of apartment complex. Case settled before trial.
  • ABC Company v. XYZ Company Federal District Court ( Pittsburgh , Pa. ) Assisted with representation of defendant business in civil suit brought by business competitor for trademark infringement and unfair business competition.  Case settled shortly before trial.
  • Jones v. ABC Manufacturing Company Federal District Court (Pittsburgh, Pa. ) Assisted lead trial counsel in obtaining verdict for plaintiff injured by defective machinery during the course of his employment.

Educational Background:

  • The Ohio State University, 1991 B.A. with Honors; Honors: Dean's List; Major:  Political Science; Minor:  English
Office Location for Kelly A. Williams

Three Gateway Center
401 Liberty Avenue, 22nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Phone: 412-281-5060

Fax: 412-281-4499

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Last Updated: 2/25/2019

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