Kathleen A. Kelley
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f: 703.525.2207


Kathleen Kelley is a shareholder at Bean, Kinney & Korman focusing her practice on corporate and transactional law. Her client base encompasses local business, nonprofits, government contractors, and Fortune 500 companies, and she is valued by them for her pragmatism and responsiveness and known for breadth of knowledge and collaborative mindset.

Having started her career in Delaware, Kathleen provides complex corporate and LLC services to clients throughout the region during all phases of their business lifecycle, including:

• Business formations and organizations
• Shareholder and LLC Operating Agreements
• LLC Filing Services and LLC Formation Packages
• Issuance and sale of equity ownership to investors
• Issuance of phantom ownership, stock options and other equity-based compensation to employees
• Joint ventures, including those within the government’s small business contracting space
• Mergers & Acquisitions
• Owner exits and disputes
• Regulatory and compliance matters

Kathleen presents regularly on government contracting matters, including issues relating to the ownership and management of Women Owned Small Businesses, 8(a) Participants and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses, joint ventures, and the negotiation of Teaming Agreements and Sub-Contracts. Kathleen is also in high demand to speak and write about corporate governance issues, including management deadlocks, the limitation of liability, and “business divorces.”

In addition to her transactional and corporate law practice, Kathleen serves on the board of several non-profit organizations and volunteers at a thrift store in Vienna.


  • Represented Seller in $65 million ESOP transaction of government contractor, cash with Seller financing.
  • Represented Purchaser in $5 million Stock Purchase transaction of software services company, cash payout with SBA loan.
  • Represented Seller in $30 million Stock Purchase transaction in HVAC services, cash with equity roll-over.
  • Represented Seller in $25 million Stock Purchase transaction in software services for government entity, cash with equity roll-over.
  • Represented Selling Shareholder in $10 million Redemption Transaction. Seller sold majority ownership stake in exchange for cash, promissory note, and certain contracts to form new entity, while retaining minority ownership in corporation.
  • Represented Seller of $2 million government contractor in Membership Interest Sale transaction, cash, with earnout based on contract performance.
  • Worked with numerous dental and accounting practices where we represented Sellers in Asset Sales, purchase price ranges from $500 thousand to $2.5 million.
  • Represented combinations of nonprofit entities through Asset Acquisitions and Mergers.

Bar and Court Admissions

District of Columbia, 2022

Virginia, 2012

U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, 2001

Delaware, 2000


Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 2000

University of Virginia, B.A., 1994

Awards and Honors

Best Lawyers in America, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) and Corporate Law, 2021-2023

Arlington Magazine, Top Attorney – Business/Corporate, Nonprofit, 2021-2022

Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers in Business/Corporate, 2020-2023

Virginia Super Lawyers in Business/Corporate, 2020-2023

Arlington Magazine, Top Attorney – Business/Corporate, Government Contracts, 2019

Virginia Business, Legal Elite in Business Law, 2015, 2017, 2020, 2022 –  Legal Elite in Corporate Counsel, 2019, 2021

Washington SmartCEO CPA & ESQ, Awards Finalist, 2015

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell


Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce (Board Member, 2017 – 2019)

SECAF (Programs Committee, 2015 – present)

Association for Corporate Growth

Fairfax Bar Association (Chair 2015 – 2016, Business Law Section)

Delaware State Bar Association

CoroAllegro  (Past-President, Board Member)

American Bar Association


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