• University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1984
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, B.A., 1980

JB Kelly

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1200 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036

D: (202) 471-3418

F: (202) 861-1905

Where JB Works: Washington, D.C.

JB Kelly is a member in Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice. Leveraging his more than 30-year career in the public sector working with state attorneys general and as a private sector attorney, he handles a variety of complex, often multistate matters, involving critical and public policy and strategic issues.

JB served as general counsel to North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper from 2001 to 2012, overseeing major litigation involving the state of North Carolina. He was a member of the negotiation teams in high-profile, multistate settlements involving mortgage foreclosure, Ameriquest and tobacco, among others. He also oversaw the strategy, planning and development of Attorney General Cooper’s 2010 National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) presidential initiative focused on consumer protection strategies, analysis of Dodd-Frank provisions related to attorneys general, and preventing future financial crises. During that time he served in numerous leadership capacities for NAAG, including leading chief deputy training during Attorney General Cooper’s NAAG presidential term, as well as serving on its working groups for strategic planning and best practices, and its office review team. From 1996 to 2001, JB was senior counsel at Employment Learning Innovations, and from 1994 to 1996, he was special counsel for policy initiatives to North Carolina Attorney General Mike Easley. JB began his career in private practice.

While in law school, he served as research editor of the North Carolina Law Review.

JB is not licensed to practice in Washington, D.C.; he is admitted in North Carolina only.