Kelly Locher focuses her practice on complex civil litigation in state and federal courts. She has experience drafting pleadings, motions, and briefs at the trial and appellate levels; taking and preparing for depositions; and developing the factual record through the discovery process. She has significant experience assisting educational and religious institutions in responding to federal and state government subpoenas and advising clients on matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the False Claims Act.
Prior to joining Jones Day in 2019, Kelly was an associate in the Pittsburgh office of an international law firm, where she represented clients in various government enforcement and internal investigations and related civil litigation. She also maintains an active pro bono practice and previously represented an inmate alleging civil rights violations in federal court as well as a juvenile lifer client in a resentencing hearing before the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.
Kelly is active in the community and serves as a Mentor 2.0 Volunteer through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh and a volunteer recruiter through the Pittsburgh Buckeye Alumni Association. In addition, she is a member of the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania's Games for Good 2019 Planning Committee.
- The Ohio State University (J.D. cum laude 2016; Staff Editor, Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal; National Scarlet Moot Court Travel Team; Moot Court Governing Board); University of Pittsburgh (B.A. in English Writing — Nonfiction and Political Science — American Politics magna cum laude 2012 with a minor in Legal Studies)
- Pennsylvania and U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
- Congressional Intern, U.S. House of Representatives (2011)
- Judicial Extern to Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, Ohio Supreme Court (Fall 2014)