Jessica Gray Kelly

Partner


D 617.807.8953
[email protected]

Education

  • Bowdoin College, Bachelor’s Degree (Psychology and Spanish)
  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D. (magna cum laude)
Overview

Jessica Gray Kelly is a Partner in Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP’s Boston office.  Throughout her career, she has represented individuals and businesses in high stakes litigation matters, including commercial, real estate and land use, employment and professional liability disputes.  Ms. Kelly also represents lawyers before the Board of Bar Overseers.  Ms. Kelly provides clear and concise advice and works efficiently to achieve client goals.

Ms. Kelly is the Vice Chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Complex Commercial Litigation Council.  She writes and speaks often on ethics and practice tips for lawyers as well as emerging law and recent court decisions.   

Ms. Kelly has dedicated many hours of her practice to pro bono immigration and asylum work and was the Pro Bono Coordinator at her prior firm.   

In her free time, Ms. Kelly enjoys spending time with her family and friends and coaching youth soccer.  She also enjoys running and has completed twelve marathons in Boston, Hyannis, New York, Chicago, D.C. and Philadelphia and has raised funds for various charities through those efforts, including the Martin Richard Foundation in 2016 and My Life My Choice in 2018.  Ms. Kelly also enjoys travel adventures and has visited many countries in Europe, Africa and South America. 

Bar Admissions

Maine

Massachusetts

United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and Maine First Circuit

Publications & Engagements
Representative Cases & Clients
  • Representing lawyers and law firms on legal malpractice claims arising from underlying representation in all areas of law, including but not limited to, patent and intellectual property, real estate, probate and construction.
  • Defending lawyers in disciplinary investigations before the Board of Bar Overseers and Single Justice.
  • Authored amicus brief on behalf of NAIOP Massachusetts, Real Estate Bar Association, and the Abstract Club, in landmark SJC decision in Sudbury v. MBTA, holding that the prior public use doctrine is inapplicable when land owned by a public entity is conveyed to a private entity for a different use.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of landlord on a claim by tenant arising from a roof collapse.
  • Obtained dismissal of Chapter 21E (hazardous materials) claims against national retailer.
  • Obtained summary judgment for doctors on non-compete claims brought by former medical practice.
  • Represented solar developer in zoning appeal dispute concerning easement on private property.
  • Represented Aviation company in Chapter 30A wetlands permit the appeal to Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
  • Represented hedge funds and their investment manager in claims against funds’ former third party administrator.
  • Represented Town in an appeal to the Massachusetts Housing Appeals Committee, appealing decision of Chapter 40B housing
  • Jury and bench trial experience on broker dispute, legal malpractice, unfair claims handling and contract disputes.
Affiliations
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Vice-Chair, Complex Commercial Litigation Section Council
Awards and Recognition
  • Listed as Rising State by Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • Included in 2019 Benchmark Litigation 40 and Under Hot List
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Excellence in the Law “Up and Coming Lawyer” (2016)
  • The National Law Tribune Boston Rising Star (2015)
  • The PAIR Project Pro Bono Asylum Attorney of the Year Award (2015)
  • The Massachusetts Bar Association Volunteer Recognition Award (2010)