Kevin F. Kelly is Co-Leader of Clark Hill’s Government and Public Affairs Practice. Kevin helps for-profit corporations and non-profit entities solve complicated problems before the Executive and Legislative Branches of the Federal Government, including complex fiscal, budgetary, contractual, and regulatory challenges at virtually every major agency. This includes formulation and execution of strategies to initiate, protect, and expand Federal programs of record in aerospace, biomedical research, cybersecurity, defense, education, energy, environment, health, homeland security, science, and transportation. Prior to his more than two decades of private sector practice in lobbying, government affairs and government contract related work, Kevin worked for more than a dozen years on Capitol Hill in various senior positions in the House and Senate.
Kevin assists corporations in the capture and expansion of technology-based government contracts and universities and university consortia with the design and implementation of efforts to expand sponsored research funding opportunities. Kevin’s regulatory and legislative practice also includes advising clients in financial services, health, and housing and community development matters, including the implementation of Dodd-Frank and the Affordable Care Act, and policy matters in these areas as well as civilian space and defense.
In January 2010, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley appointed Kevin as the Chairman of the State’s newly created Federal Facilities Advisory Board to support and enhance the role of the State of Maryland in support of infrastructure, education, and workforce needs at Maryland’s Federal facilities and to facilitate commercialization of the innovative technology created in Federal and military labs in the State. Through the work of the FFAB, the U.S. Congress established the NIST National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCOE), which has emerged as a leading venue where experts from industry, government, and academia address businesses’ most pressing cybersecurity problems with practical, standards-based solutions using commercially available technologies.
Eleven of Kevin’s 12 years in government involved work for U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, including eight years with the Senate Appropriations Committee. Six of those years included service as the Chief Clerk and Majority Staff Director for the Veterans Administration, Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Subcommittee, the Committee’s second largest subcommittee, with a $90-billion portfolio in 25 Federal Cabinet departments and agencies that included NASA, NSF, FEMA, HUD, the VA and EPA.
Prior to this, Kevin served as the Senator’s Appropriations Counsel and Legislative Assistant, with responsibility for 12 of the Committee’s 13 Subcommittees, including Transportation, Defense, Commerce-State-Justice, Treasury-Postal Service and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. Kevin concluded his tenure with the Senator as her Chief Counsel and Floor Assistant when she was Secretary of the Democratic Conference in the Senate Democratic Leadership, serving as a senior advisor to the Leadership on broad policy matters, including budget and appropriations strategy, regulatory reform, and welfare reform.
Kevin’s tenure in the U.S. House involved service to then-Congresswoman Mikulski as a professional staff member on the House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, where he served as her Oceanography Subcommittee Counsel on maritime commerce, water resources and transportation, marine pollution and regulation, and the Coast Guard. He also was the volunteer director of the campaign advance team for Sen. Mikulski’s landmark 1986 Senate campaign.
Kevin holds a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude from Borromeo College Seminary of Ohio. He has been admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, in Pennsylvania, and before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member in good standing of the American Bar Association.