Diane Green-Kelly

Reed Smith LLP

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South Wacker Drive 10
Chicago 60606 IL US

Diane Green-Kelly is a partner in the firm’s Chicago office, and is a member of the firm’s Global Regulatory Enforcement Group. She represents clients in a wide variety of industries that are engaged in commercial litigation and arbitrations, as well as administrative, regulatory and government proceedings.

Her representations include cases involving antitrust, consumer fraud, privacy, Lanham Act, trade regulation, trade secrets, unfair competition, tortious interference, healthcare, and state attorney general actions, both in individual actions and in class actions.

Diane represents clients in antitrust consultation and litigation, including private class actions, government actions, and antitrust compliance programs. Her representations have generated numerous published opinions on a variety of antitrust issues, including relevant market definition and antitrust injury. Diane has been named an “Illinois Super Lawyer in Antitrust Litigation” every year since 2006 and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America; in Antitrust Law.

In addition, Diane is a leading attorney in the area of escheat laws. She represents clients in state audits of unclaimed property and in negotiations and/or litigation arising from state unclaimed property audits. Diane successfully represented McKesson Corporation, Staples, Inc., Select Medical Corporation, and Temple-Inland Inc. in lawsuits against the state of Delaware challenging the legality of administrative action in connection with escheat audits.

Her lawsuits have resulted in landmark decisions and triggered changes in state escheat laws. She currently represents Marathon Petroleum Corporation and Office Depot in similar litigation. Diane represents numerous Fortune 500 companies in unclaimed property audits.

As a former practicing CPA, Diane combines her experience and understanding of accounting, business transactions, and litigation in unclaimed property audits to assist companies in identifying the relevant facts needed to develop strong factual and legal defenses.

Finally, Diane has extensive experience representing clients, in litigation, arbitrations, and consultation matters, in the area of franchise and distribution law (general and industry-specific). She served on the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Franchising, has written numerous articles and made presentations on franchise and distribution law, and she is a former Associate Editor and Articles Editor of The Franchise Law Journal.

Diane is listed in Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America; and Who’s Who Legal in Franchise Law and has been honored as a “Legal Eagle” in franchise and distribution law in the Franchise Times.

For more than 15 years prior to becoming a lawyer and joining her previous firm in 1993, Diane, who is a Certified Public Accountant, served in both the tax and audit departments of large national and regional CPA firms.

Education :

  • John Marshall Law School, 1993, J.D., Magna Cum Laude
  • DePaul University, 1978, M.S., Taxation
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1975, B.S., Accounting

Professional Admissions & Qualifications : Illinois

Court Admissions :

  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – Third Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations :

  • American Bar Association, ABA Forum on Franchising (elected to Governing Committee for term through 2013), Section on Antitrust Law; former Vice-Chair of Franchise and Dealership Committee of the ABA Section on Antitrust Law; Associate Editor, Franchise Law Journal; former Articles Editor, Franchise Law Journal
  • Member, Board of Directors of the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago
  • Competition Law360 Editorial Advisory Board, 2009

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