Christopher G. Kelly is practice group leader of the firm's 30-member New York Litigation Practice Group.  Mr. Kelly defends airlines and manufacturers and their insurers in suits brought throughout the U.S., and he has significant experience in the defense of mass-tort, toxic-tort and complex commercial claims.

Mr. Kelly is representing Air France in multi-district litigation arising out of the accident over the mid-Atlantic. Among his other aviation cases, Mr. Kelly handled the defense of Air France in the U.S. litigation arising out of the Concorde crash and the defense of Air Transat in U.S. litigation arising out of the A330 incident in the Azores, and he was lead counsel in the successful lawsuit by Air France against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the loss of a Concorde's Olympus engines due to bird strikes at Kennedy Airport. He has handled accidents due to fuel exhaustion, fuel starvation, passenger claims for emergency landings, airport construction contracts and state attorney general investigations into the conduct of airlines.  In addition, he was the lead counsel for JetBlue Airways in its nationwide privacy class-action litigations and has represented clients across the country as lead and trial counsel in multi-district litigation and class actions in state and federal courts involving product liability, environmental litigation, and general commercial litigation. Mr. Kelly has also represented multiple equipment lessors and guarantors in the successful resolution of secured claims involving aviation equipment. 

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Kelly was employed as Director of Development at Regis High School, New York City.


  • Duke University School of Law, J.D.
  • Haverford College, B.A., with honors
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • All State Courts in New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • The American-Scandinavian Foundation, Executive Trustee 
  • Saint Stephen of Hungary School Foundation, President 
  • Lawyers Alliance for New York, Director
Honors & Awards
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Transportation: Aviation: Litigation, 2011-2021
  • The Best of the Best USA, Aviation, Legal Media Group's Expert Guides, 2017
  • Guide to the World’s Leading Aviation Lawyers, Legal Media Group's Expert Guides, 2013-2020
  • Who's Who Legal: Transport, Aviation Contentious, 2017-2021
  • The Legal 500 USA, Transport: Aviation and Air Travel - Litigation and Regulation, 2020, 2021
  • The Legal 500 USA, Litigation: Product Liability & Mass Tort Defense - Aerospace/Aviation, 2014, 2016
  • New York Super Lawyers magazine, 2013-2021
  • Client Service All-Star, The BTI Consulting Group, Inc., 2011
  • Best of the Best Aviation Lawyers, Euromoney Guide


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