Charles Kelly

Charles Kelly is a highly regarded litigator with extensive experience handling media, healthcare and complex commercial litigation. He regularly litigates cases in federal, state and bankruptcy courts. 

Charlie’s clients range from Fortune 100 to small start-up companies that he represents for complex litigation issues, including breach of contract, tort, quasi-contract, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, copyright, trademark, trade name, libel, shareholder disputes, labor advice (including discrimination, constructive discharge, sexual harassment and disability matters) and non-compete and trade regulation/anti-trust claims. His clients operate in numerous industries, including food and pharmaceutical distribution, media, healthcare, specialty scrap, automotive and energy, among others.

Charlie advises clients in the hospital and ambulance industries on healthcare issues such as Medicare and Medicaid regulations, False Claims Act cases and sophisticated coding and reimbursement issues.


  • Served as lead counsel in a class action effort against a well-known regional company relating to Medicare reimbursement that resulted in a $10 million settlement in 2006, benefiting some 300 ambulance providers in the 29-county Western Pennsylvania region;
  • Represented media and corporate clients in various jurisdictions around the United States in First Amendment rights issues, including prepublication review, Right-to-Know, Sunshine Act and defamation matters as well as advising on trade disparagement, privacy, newsgathering, newsrack, copyright, trademark and antitrust issues.

Charlie was previously an equity partner at both Kelly Hayden, LLC and Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP (now K&L Gates). He also worked as a reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

In addition to his state bar admissions, Charlie is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third and Tenth Circuits and before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Northern District of Illinois. 

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