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Steven J. Kelly

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Phone: (410) 385-2225
Fax: (410) 547-2432

201 N. Charles St, #2600
Baltimore, Maryland 21201


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2003
Cum Laude, Journal of Law and Public Policy

B.A., American University, 1997
Magna Cum Laude and with University honors

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

Maryland, 2003
U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, 2003
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2005
District of Columbia, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 2015

Professional Associations

American Bar Association, Victims Committee

National Association of Victim Rights Attorneys

National Crime Victim Bar Association

Maryland Bar Association


Steven J. Kelly is a nationally recognized lawyer who seeks justice for crime victims in both criminal and civil cases. Mr. Kelly has a lifelong commitment to improving the plight of crime victims and their families. He became a victim advocate at age 14, shortly after his older sister was sexually assaulted and murdered. Prior to graduating from Georgetown Law with honors in 2003, Mr. Kelly lobbied the U.S. Congress and various state legislatures for victims’-rights legislation and provided training to victim advocates, prosecutors, and judges throughout the country. Mr. Kelly has developed a practice focused on enforcing crime victims’ rights in criminal cases and obtaining significant compensation from offenders and third parties in civil cases. In criminal cases, he has achieved landmark rulings furthering crime victims’ rights to privacy, protection, and full participation in all aspects of the prosecution. In civil matters, Mr. Kelly regularly has obtained seven-figure judgments and settlements in high-profile cases against offenders and third parties in actions ranging from homicide, wrongful death, child sexual abuse, sexual assault, child exploitation and pornography, drunk and impaired driving, illegal videotaping and Internet voyeurism, identity theft, fraud, stalking, elder abuse, home invasion, and various types of assault.

Professional History

Recognizing Mr. Kelly’s expertise in crime victims’ rights, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan in 2015 appointed him to serve as the chair of the State Board of Victim Services, the leading advisory board to the governor on issues relating to crime victims. In 2009, then-Gov. Martin O'Malley appointed Kelly as a commissioner to the state Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. Mr. Kelly also serves on the Advisory Board of the National Crime Victim Law Institute, the Advisory Board for the state Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapter, and the Board of Directors for the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center. Mr. Kelly regularly testifies to the U.S. Congress and Maryland General Assembly about issues important to crime victims and speaks on those topics nationally.

Mr. Kelly’s legal training has also prepared him to represent crime victims in high-stakes cases. Mr. Kelly began his career as an associate for the international firm of DLA Piper in its complex-commercial-litigation group. In 2005, Mr. Kelly was selected to serve as a law clerk to the Hon. Richard D. Bennett of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. From 2005 through 2012, Mr. Kelly litigated complex commercial matters at Miles & Stockbridge, P.C., handling matters involving product liability, intellectual-property disputes, anti-trust, securities fraud, class actions, and civil actions under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Mr. Kelly has obtained significant trial experience and argued cases in state and federal courts throughout the country. At Silverman|Thompson|Slutkin|White, Mr. Kelly has used his training to develop a one-stop-shop where victims of crime receive seamless and vigorous representation throughout the criminal case and any civil case that may follow.

Representative Matters

  • Doe v. Georgetown University, et al. : led a class action pending against a university, synagogue, and religious organization with claims related to Rabbi Barry Freundel’s illicit videotaping of women engaged in the ancient religious ritual of “mikvah,” which requires the women to be nude.
  • Doe v. Alfredo Simon : litigated allegations of sexual assault against a professional baseball player and secured court rulings advancing protections for the privacy of crime victims.
  • Gleason v. Janice Smolinski, et al. : in a significant result for victim-advocacy organizations and families of murdered loved ones, obtained, on First Amendment grounds, reversal in the Connecticut Supreme Court of a trial verdict and appellate ruling in favor of a criminal suspect who sued the family of a presumed murdered man because they put up “missing person” posters.

Government Service

  • 2015-present, chair, Maryland State Board of Victim Services
  • 2009-present, commissioner, Maryland Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
  • 2004-2005, law clerk, Hon. Richard D. Bennett, U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Honors, Awards and Appointments

  • Permanent member, Judicial Conference of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2009-present
  • Maryland Super Lawyers®, selected for inclusion in the areas of general litigation, civil rights/First Amendment, and personal injury, 2010-2015
  • Roper Victim Assistance Academy of Maryland Award for Exceptional Leadership, Service, Support, and Dedication to the Needs of Maryland Crime Victims, 2013
  • National Crime Victim Law Institute’s Legal Advocacy Award, 2012
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving Maryland Operations Council, 2012-present
  • Miles & Stockbridge Pro Bono Award, 2009
  • Maryland Governor's Award for Service to Crime Victims, 2000
  • Champion for Crime Victims Award presented by the Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center, 2008
  • Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center Board of Directors, 2000-present
  • American University Award for Service to the University Community, 1997
  • Delegate, World University Students’ Peace Summit (Kyoto, Japan), 1996
  • Florida Governor’s Award for Crime and Drug Free Schools, 1993.