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

University of Virginia, B.A., 1994

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Virginia, 2012
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, 2001
  • Delaware, 2000
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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
  • 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 law practice, Kathleen serves on the board of several non-profit organizations including the Falls Church City Band Boosters.


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

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

Virginia Super Lawyers in Business/Corporate, 2020

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

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

Washington SmartCEO CPA & ESQ, Awards Finalist, 2015

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

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Professional & Community Affiliations

Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce (Board Member, 2017 - present)

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