Kelly MarinoBonovich


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Kelly Bonovich is a trial lawyer who has worked with clients of diverse industries to achieve success in wide-ranging complex commercial disputes. Kelly has handled all stages of litigation, with significant experience in trial proceedings in federal and state courts and in arbitration. She has extensive trial skills and has focused particularly on working with testifying expert witnesses in various complex industries. Kelly's experience includes representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of disputes, including state law breach of contract claims, securities claims, insurance claims, and claims arising from state False Claims Act. Kelly also has conducted corporate internal investigations on behalf of clients and frequently counsels clients concerning contract disputes and, particularly, disputes governed by Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code. In that role, she has focused on claims assessment and identifying and minimizing potential exposure for clients.

Kelly recently was a key member of a team that successfully represented R.J. Reynolds in a billion dollar contract dispute with dozens of states over payments due under the tobacco Master Settlement Agreement. As part of that representation, Kelly served on several trial teams in a series of arbitration proceedings before a panel of three retired federal judges.

Kelly has significant pro bono experience, having represented clients through the National Immigrant Justice Center and Lawyers for the Creative Arts, as well as other clients in need. She also serves as a career mentor for students at Notre Dame Law School.


  • R.J. Reynolds seeks reduction in 2003 settlement paymentsJones Day represents R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a pending arbitration under the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with various U.S. States and Territories in which R.J. Reynolds and other tobacco company signatories seek an over $1 billion reduction in their 2003 settlement payments.
  • Family remains intact by obtaining adjustment of status to lawful permanent resident for Mexican national clientOn March 5, 2007, in connection with Mr. Aguilar-Cerda's attempt to seek adjustment of status to lawful permanent resident, an immigration judge found Mr. Aguilar-Cerda removable from the United States for (1) procuring admission to the United States by fraud and (2) entering the United States without having been admitted.
  • Potash Corporation successfully defends historic $43.1 billion hostile takeover bidFollowing an arduous three-month battle, Jones Day's client, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, Inc., successfully repelled BHP Billiton's hostile $43.1 billion tender offer for all of PotashCorp's shares in November 2010.
  • Successful litigation improves health and therapy treatment of civilly-detained individual, and secures greater protection of his constitutional rightsPlaintiff, Dennis Elliott, initiated several actions based on the treatment he had been subject to as a person civilly-committed in a treatment and detention facility under the Illinois Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act.
  • Entrepreneur successfully resolves complex shareholder dispute in arbitrationJones Day represented a successful entrepreneur in a complex shareholder dispute regarding a series of close corporations.
    • June 7, 2018
      Beyond the Courtroom: Ancillary Considerations in Litigation, Jones Day MCLE