Tara L. Kelly


Tara L. Kelly

Assistant General Counsel

Philadelphia | Cira Centre, 2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States of America 19104-2808
+1 215 994 2287 | +1 215 994 2222


As assistant general counsel, Tara L. Kelly works closely with Dechert’s general counsel and the firm’s attorneys and personnel to create and implement risk management and compliance procedures, resolve conflicts of interest, advise on issues involving firm policies and internal controls, handle professional responsibility matters, and draft and negotiate commercial contracts and policies.

Ms. Kelly was previously an associate in the white collar, securities, and complex commercial litigation group. She also has substantial experience in pro bono work, including the representation of the Free Library of Philadelphia, an asylum seeker before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, students in school disciplinary proceedings, and the Committee of Seventy as an attorney in Election Court in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia. She is a volunteer mediator for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Landlord Tenant Appellate Mediation Program.

  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1996
  • Columbia Law School, J.D., 2000
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Hearing Committee Member serving the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (2011-2017)