Steve Kelly is a principal at Grant & Eisenhofer who, over the past two decades, has developed a national reputation for effectively litigating and advocating on behalf of crime victims/survivors – children and adults – including those targeted by serial sexual predators. He is widely considered by his peers as a pioneer for survivors in their civil claims for justice and also serving (pro bono) as their personal counsel/advocate throughout their perpetrator’s criminal prosecution. Mr. Kelly’s early work in this unique area of practice was instrumental in the formation of the National Crime Victim Law Institute. Prior to joining G&E, Mr. Kelly was a Partner for several years in the Baltimore office of a leading national law firm; there he founded and successfully led the firm’s innovative Criminal/Sexual Violence Group.
Passionate about his work, Mr. Kelly’s lifelong commitment to crime prevention, victims’ rights, and justice for survivors is rooted in his own tragic personal family experience; his sister was raped and murdered when he was a teenager and the perpetrator was never charged. Mr. Kelly’s wide-ranging, often high-profile and highly-impactful outcomes on behalf of survivors/victims, includes:
Mr. Kelly has been lauded for his outstanding leadership, from courthouses to state houses, by peers, government officials, agencies and survivors advocacy organizations. The National Crime Victim Law Institute, American Bar Association, Network for Victim Recovery Center (NVRDC), Baltimore Child Abuse Center, Maryland Crime Victim’s Resource Center, and the Maryland Office of the Governor, are among those recognizing his myriad accomplishments. He has also been selected among Maryland Super Lawyers every year since 2003, and is a 2022 selection in the Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment & Civil Rights Lawyers.
Mr. Kelly has authored/co-authored articles that appear in: American Bar Association publications on representing child-victims and its guide on prosecutorial discretion; U.S. Justice Department Guidelines for representing victims of crime; U.S. Military training protocols for special victims’ counsel; National Crime Victim Bar Association; National Institute of Justice and numerous state and local organizations. Mr. Kelly has presented at state and national conferences on crime victim rights in the criminal process, civil claims arising out of criminal acts, representing child-victims, criminal restitution, trauma-informed advocacy, and insurance coverage issues common in criminal/sexual violence cases.
He serves as the Chair of the Maryland State Board of Victim Services (appointed by Maryland Governor), is a member of the Conference of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the Advisory Board for the National Crime Victim Law Institute, the American Bar Association Victim Committee, the National Alliance for Crime Victim Rights Attorneys (“NAVRA”), National Crime Victim Bar Association, Maryland Association of Justice, Federal Bar Association, Maryland Bar Association and the Maryland Association for Justice.
Mr. Kelly earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2003, where he served on the Journal of Law and Public Policy and was recognized for his advocacy on behalf of victims by the Domestic Violence Clinic; and his B.A. from American University in 1997.
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