Kevin F. Kelly
Kevin Kelly helps clients solve complex legislative and policy challenges and overcome regulatory barriers that hinder their long-term success. As the leader of Clark Hill’s government and regulatory team, he devises and executes creative, bi-partisan strategies to increase capture of federal funds, approaching the budget and appropriations process to help clients increase profitability, probability of winning grants and contracts, and build long-term financial stability by growing federal programs of record.
Kevin’s nationwide team works with every client to understand their needs, opportunities, and challenges on a particular matter before engaging appropriate officials. Kevin has proven experience working across most federal agencies, deploying targeted advocacy and precise data needed to prevail, and achieving success when funding or regulatory relief seemed highly improbable. He represents some of the nation’s highest-profile federal science policy entities with research and investments ranging from drug development and nuclear physics to technology for defense against national security threats. His many years working with cities and local government give Kevin a strong background in key components of urban policy, including housing finance, public safety, transportation, and delivery of critical public health services and solutions.
Kevin was the Majority Clerk of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s second-largest subcommittee, which oversaw budgets, policy, and programs for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Science Federation (NSF), and the Veterans Administration (VA). This background, combined with the mentorship he received from legendary Maryland U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, enables Kevin to help clients successfully navigate Washington in this era of increased legislative and regulatory complexity and partisanship.
Top Lobbyist – The Hill (2018-2021)
American Bar Association