Kelly is an Associate at McDonald Hopkins and part of the firm’s national Data Privacy and Cybersecurity team. Her practice focuses on advising clients in a wide variety of industries on addressing data privacy and cybersecurity incidents in compliance with state, federal and international laws. Her work includes assisting companies with the investigation of security incidents, messaging and public communications surrounding the incident, compliance with breach notification obligations, and post-breach responses. Kelly also provides clients with proactive, pre-breach services that focus on protecting personal, sensitive and confidential information and minimizing the risk of a data privacy incident. The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) recognizes Kelly as a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US).

In addition to her data privacy and cybersecurity practice, Kelly has experience handling complex commercial litigation and representing clients in state and federal courts.

Kelly obtained her B.A. in public relations from the University of South Carolina. She earned her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Baltimore Law Review.



University of Baltimore School of Law

University of South Carolina

Admissions – Court

Admissions – State

Professional & Civic

Professional Activities

Maryland State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section

Federal Bar Association

Baltimore City Bar Association


Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US)

News & Insights

External News & Publications

Co-Author: "Hackers Bribing Employees, Vendors to Deploy Ransomware," HR Daily Advisor, Total Security Advisor, October 2021


Speaking Engagements

Presenter: Insurance Data Security Model Laws, Big I Maryland Annual Conference, November 18, 2022

Panelist: Incident Response Planning Session, Right of Boom Cyber Summit by The Cyber Nation, February 11, 2022

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