Kelley Drye & Warren

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Kelley Drye & Warren
Kelley Drye & Warren
Headquarters 101 Park Avenue
New York City
No. of offices 7
No. of attorneys 300+
Major practice areas General practice
Revenue N/A
Date founded 1836 (Albany)
Company type LLP

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP is an international law firm founded in 1836 with more than 300 lawyers and other professionals practicing in New York, NY; Washington, DC; Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; Stamford, CT; Parsippany, NJ; Naples, FL; and Brussels, Belgium, additionally offering a full scope of legal service through an affiliate relationship with Mumbai-based, Fortitude Law Associates.


The firm traces its founding back to 1836, when Benjamin Franklin Butler moved his practice from Albany to New York City. The firm, then called Joline, Larkin & Rathbone helped reorganize numerous railroads, including the Metropolitan Street Railway and the New York City Railway after they declared bankruptcy in the early 1900s. It also played a role in the restructuring of the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company in 1908, St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad in 1913, Maxwell Motor Company,Inc. in 1913 and 1921, American Writing Paper Company in 1926 and 1927, Detroit United Railway in 1928 and 1929, International Mercantile Marine Company in 1929, and the Oklahoma Natural Gas Corporation in 1933. In 1921, Nicholas Kelley, son of Florence Kelley, a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School joined the firm from the Treasury Department, having previously been an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. In 1943, Kelley's name was added to the letterhead. Kelley Drye incorporated Chrysler as a Delaware corporation in 1925, and advised that company through World War Two and onto post-war acquisitions. In 1947, Kelley Drye lawyers assisted the US government draft the Taft-Hartley Act, a major piece of collective bargaining (labor union) legislation.[1][2]

More recently, Kelley Drye & Warren merged with Washington, D.C.-based firm Collier Shannon Scott in 2006. This broadened the firm’s legislative, regulatory and litigation services, including in the areas of advertising and marketing law, antitrust, environmental, energy, government relations, international trade and telecommunications.[3]

In April 2011, Kelley Drye & Warren merged with the Los Angeles firm of White O'Connor Fink & Brenner LLP. This merger expanded the firm’s work into entertainment industry litigation and added to its complex business litigation practice.[4]

Practice Areas[edit]

  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Animal Law
  • Antitrust and Trade Regulation
  • Bankruptcy and Restructuring
  • Broker-Dealer
  • Communications
  • Consumer Financial Protection
  • Consumer Product Safety
  • Corporate
  • Corporate Finance and Securities
  • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
  • Energy
  • Entertainment and Media
  • Environmental Law
  • Fashion and Retail
  • Financial Institutions
  • Food and Drug Law
  • Georgetown Economic Services
  • Government Contracts
  • Government Relations and Public Policy
  • Information Technology and Outsourcing
  • Insurance Recovery
  • Intellectual Property and Technology Litigation
  • International
  • International Trade and Customs
  • Labor and Employment
  • Litigation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Privacy and Information Security
  • Private Clients
  • Private Equity
  • Project Finance
  • Real Estate
  • Tax
  • The Sports Entertainment Group
  • Trade Associations
  • White Collar Crime Investigations

Notable Litigation[edit]

Kelley Drye played a leading role in defense of the Agent Orange litigation and defended Union Carbide following the Bhopal disaster. In 2002, the firm represented J.P. Morgan Chase in a lawsuit against insurance carriers seeking $1 billion in compensation for its Enron-related losses. In 2003, Kelley Drye negotiated a settlement on behalf its client and obtained nearly 60% of the $1.1 billion demanded.[5] It also prosecuted the unsuccessful Addamax lawsuit.

Other notable matters:

Kelley Drye wins appeal of idea submission case brought against ABC based on “Lost” Television series.[6]

Kelley Drye secures affirmative preliminary determination from ITC in PC tie wire antidumping caseon behalf of domestic producers.[7]

Kelley Drye represents Hitachi Zosen in acquisition of NAC International.[8]

Kelley Drye secures victory for U.S. Clad Steel Plate Producers in ITC antidumping case.[9]

Kelley Drye represents creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Dickinson Theatres, Inc.[10]

Kelley Drye represents e4e in acquisition of Interactive Entertainment Division by Pole to Win[11]

Kelley Drye secureswin for defendants in “Monster in Law” copyright infringement suit.[12]

Kelley Drye secures summary judgment for Nestlé in false advertising suit.[13]

Kelley Drye represents Airbus as it chooses Mobile, Alabama assembly site location.[14]

Kelley Drye wins dismissal of case against Kelsey Grammar and CBS.[15]



  1. ^ Robert M. Lunny. Kelley Drye & Warren 1836-1984. Kelley Drye & Warren. 1985.
  2. ^ Lunny, Robert (1985). <Kelley Drye & Warren: An Informal History>. Long Island City, NY: Kelley Drye. ASIN B004VIGTAM. 
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  5. ^ Kelley Drye & Warren, 'Highly Favorable Settlement Reached in J.P. Morgan Chase Trial' (2003)
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