Kelly McNeill

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Kelly McNeill is an attorney in Holland & Knight's New York office and member of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Ms. McNeill represents clients in litigation matters across various industries and issues, including breach of contract, mass tort, aviation, data privacy and intellectual property matters.

Ms. McNeill has experience representing clients in complex disputes in federal and state courts, as well as in alternative dispute resolution proceedings. She has experience with all aspects of the discovery process, including managing e-discovery and discovery motion practice. She is also well versed in drafting dispositive motions and all aspects of pre-trial preparation, including drafting of Daubert motions, motions in limine and jury instructions.

Ms. McNeill's representative matters include:

  • counsel to a seller in arbitration arising out of a complex earn-out dispute
  • member of a team coordinating discovery, defense and ultimately securing dismissal of claims for generic pharmaceutical defendants in one of the largest federal multidistrict litigations in the country
  • defense of putative class actions alleging violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA)
  • secured dismissal of various breach of contract and personal injury claims against airlines on preemption grounds under the Airline Deregulation Act, the Federal Aviation Act and accompanying regulations, and international treaties, including the Montreal Convention
  • successful exclusion of expert evidence in the representation of a medical device company in a bellwether trial for large multidistrict litigation
  • defense of entities in various trademark disputes concerning infringement and cancellation of trademarks
  • successful procurement of a preliminary injunction for a pharmaceutical company against one of its suppliers
  • member of a trial team representing a commercial insurance broker in a dispute involving claims of negligent procurement, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty

Ms. McNeill is passionate about pro bono work and active in the firm's pro bono efforts, including representation of active U.S. military members – earning her the American Bar Association's (ABA) Military Pro Bono Project Outstanding Services Award – advocating for better mental health services in Florida prisons, and helping coordinate the development and execution of the "Shine A Light" television program that was broadcast throughout the country on the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

During law school, Ms. McNeill interned in the Litigation Bureau of the New York State Attorney General's office, served as a staff member for the Fordham Urban Law Journal, and worked as a teaching assistant for the first-year legal writing program. Prior to law school, Ms. McNeill worked as a care coordinator for a cancer center in New Jersey, where she helped ensure patient access to medication.


  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • The College of New Jersey, B.S., Criminology
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Women's Bar Association of the State of New York
  • Honors & Awards
    • Outstanding Services Award, American Bar Association (ABA) Military Pro Bono Project, 2023
    • Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2021