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"Working with Nick O'Kelly has been an extreme pleasure. He's gone above and beyond for me as a client and never received any compensation. He took my case when I had no money to pay him for his services and I was at a very low point in my life. Nick treated me with respect and candor. He's been a consummate professional, and after three years of chasing the employer who took advantage of me, we've received a judgment in our favor. Not only is Nick an outstanding attorney and a good man, but I'm also proud to call him my friend." QA, Employment Matter, 2014
Nick O'Kelly joined Kilgore & Kilgore in 2010, after serving the J.C. Penney Corporation for over 22 years. He is an accomplished litigation and trial lawyer with a successful national practice defending corporate clients in state, federal and arbitration forums in diverse issues including employment law, commercial contracts and intellectual property. He was a trusted advisor to senior management in compliance, risk management, trial strategy and settlement negotiations. He authored numerous seminars dealing with attorney-client privilege in the workplace, Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) issues, Americans With Disabilities (ADA) compliance and employment discrimination laws.
As Senior Managing Counsel for Penney, he was responsible for all phases of litigation including discovery, pre-trial motions and trials. He prepared and presented bench/jury trials and arbitration hearings throughout the country. He presented live broadcast training seminars on employment related issues to the human resources department and retail management. He mentored junior and intermediate attorneys in litigation skills including trial skills, legal research and writing and client counseling. He managed outside counsel budgets and representation on complex litigation. He lead defense counsel cases in employment, commercial and copyright litigation in various jurisdictions.
Among his many accomplishments at Penney are the following:
Previously, he served Penney as the Senior Personnel Relations Attorney, where he was lead counsel on major employment discrimination and wrongful discharge nationwide. He also handled potential litigation claims and defended employment lawsuits and claims throughout the U.S. He advised store management on personnel matters within the store on Title VII and ADEA compliance issues and was involved in the preparation and revision of employment manuals, ADR programs, FMLA and ADA compliance and Reduction-in-Force guidelines.
Prior to that, he served as Senior Associate Attorney with Schartz & Schartz, Ribicoff & Kotin, Hartford CT, Associate Attorney with Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante, New Haven CT, where he was involved in employment matters, commercial law and bankruptcy law in New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut. He also served as an Associate with Stoneman, Chandler & Miller, Boston MA.