Kathleen A. Kelley
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December 12, 2023 – It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our colleague, Kathleen Kelley. Kathleen was a dedicated and highly regarded transactional lawyer known for legal excellence and client service.

Kathleen joined BKK in March of 2018, focusing her practice on corporate and transactional law. She quickly became an invaluable attorney to the firm and her many clients. Her expertise and tireless work ethic led to numerous client successes, particularly mergers and acquisition deals, joint ventures, regulatory and compliance matters, and general corporate and contract issues.

“The loss of Kathleen leaves a void in our firm that cannot be filled. She leaves behind a legacy of legal brilliance, integrity, and compassion. Beyond being a superb lawyer, Kathleen had an incisive mind and a wry and constant sense of humor. She was a great lawyer but an even better friend. Our thoughts and condolences go out to her family, friends, clients, and all those who had the privilege of knowing her,” said Tim Hughes, Managing Shareholder of the firm. Kathleen will be deeply missed and her contributions to the legal community and her BKK family will be forever remembered and treasured.


  • 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, 2021-2024

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, Business/Corporate, Nonprofit, 2023

Virginia Business, Legal Elite in Business Law, 2015, 2017, 2020, 2022 –  Legal Elite in Corporate Counsel, 2019, 2021, 2023

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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