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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
United States District Court, District of Maryland, 2003
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2005

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 national leader in the field of defending crime victims’ rights in criminal and civil proceedings. Mr. Kelly ensures that crime victims and their families are afforded all their basic rights in the criminal proceeding including: the right to be notified of, present and heard at all appropriate criminal proceedings; the right to compensation and restitution; the right to privacy; and the right to protection from the offender. In addition, Mr. Kelly has achieved significant verdicts and settlements on behalf of crime victims in civil suits against criminal offenders and third parties. Mr. Kelly has represented victims in a wide array of cases including: homicide, child sexual abuse, sexual assault, child exploitation (child pornography), drunk and impaired driving, illegal videotaping, identity theft, criminal fraud, stalking, elder abuse, home invasion and various types of criminal assault.

Mr. Kelly became involved in the victims' rights movement after his older sister was murdered in 1988. He is one of a handful of lawyers across the country with experience in the interplay between crime victims' rights in civil and criminal proceedings. He is a nationally-recognized authority on restitution and victim compensation. Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley appointed Steve as a Commissioner to the Maryland Criminal Injuries Compensation Board in 2009. Steve also is an active member of the National Association of Victims' Rights Attorneys (NAVRA), the American Bar Association's Committee on Victims, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center.

Professional History

Mr. Kelly began his career as an associate for the international firm of DLA Piper (U.S.) in that firm’s complex commercial litigation group. In 2005, Mr. Kelly was selected to serve as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard D. Bennett of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. From 2005-2012, Mr. Kelly was an attorney with the firm of Miles & Stockbridge, P.C.

Before attending law school, Mr. Kelly helped start a first-of-its kind legal services program providing legal assistance to low-income victims of crime. In that capacity, he matched hundreds of crime victims with pro bono attorneys, trained prosecutors and law enforcement on victim sensitivity and victims' rights law and recruited and trained a panel of pro bono lawyers to represent crime victims in the criminal process. Mr. Kelly also helped to lobby the United States Congress to pass what eventually became the Crime Victims' Rights Act of 2006 and he helped lobby the Maryland General Assembly for numerous measures concerning victims' rights.

Government Service

  • 2009-present Commissioner, Maryland Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
  • 2004-2005 Law Clerk, Honorable Richard D. Bennett United States District Judge, United States District Court for the District of Maryland

Honors, Awards and Appointments

  • Permanent Member, Judicial Conference of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (2009-present)
  • Commissioner, Maryland Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (2009-present)
  • Law Clerk, Honorable Richard D. Bennett (2004-2005)
  • Maryland Super Lawyers® - Rising Stars Edition: Selected for inclusion in the area of General Litigation, Civil Rights/First Amendment (2010-2013)
  • National Crime Victim Law Institute’s Legal Advocacy Award (2012)
  • MADD 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 Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center (2008)
  • The Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center: Board of Directors (2000-present)
  • American University’s Award for Service to the University Community (1997)