Hank Kelly is the managing partner of the firm’s Chicago office of the National law firm Kelley Drye & Warren LLP. He concentrates his practice in the area of in communications, energy, and public utility law and regulation.
He has deep knowledge of the laws that govern these regulated industries and relies on this knowledge to represent companies in litigation and transactional matters involving commercial agreements, intellectual property, class action defense, state and federal preemption issues, municipal regulation, and actions to enforce state and federal telecommunications and energy laws.
Representing a broad range of public and private companies, Hank works closely with numerous companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. His work spans across a number of regulated and non-regulated industries.
He regularly counsel clients on how to comply with state and federal regulations, and how to structure commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and business organizations to conform with legal and regulatory requirements. He has trial experience in more than 10 state public service commissions, and separately has litigated enforcement actions in state and federal courts in Illinois, California, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.
Mr. Kelly served as general counsel to the Illinois Power Agency, the state agency that oversees competitive electricity procurement by Illinois’ largest electricity distributors, and monitors renewable energy portfolio procurement and demand response measures by the state’s electricity utilities.
In 2013, Hank co-founded the PowerUP – Energy Thought Leaders Quarterly Forum with other partners at Kelley Drye and Navigant’s Energy Group leadership. The forum creates on-going dialogue on the most pressing energy topics of interest to the Midwest’s energy thought leadership. In that same year, Hank was also named Chicago Communications “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers Magazine.
He received his Juris Doctorate degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago in 1987 and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois in 1984.
Hank serves on the Christ the King Jesuit College Prep’s President’s Advisory Council which provides student job leads and referrals for The Corporate Work Study Program; recruits new sources of funding; promotes awareness through professional networks; and offers advice on government and community relations.
He lives in Clarendon Hills, Illinois with his wife Therese and three college-age children.