Kelly A. Waters
400 Connell Drive
Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922
P (973) 265-9901
F (973) 265-9925
685 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017
P (212) 999-7100
F (212) 999-7139
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Kelly is a Partner in WSHB’s New York office and Managing Partner of the Firm’s New Jersey office. Kelly has built her practice around an enviable record of success defending businesses and employers in complex litigation matters in the area of construction, employment practices, product liability, professional liability and commercial related matters.
Kelly’s construction practice includes defending landowners, builders and developers in all aspects of both private and public construction litigation, including public accommodation issues under the ADA, as well as personal injury actions relating to construction site accidents.
Kelly’s employment practice includes defending employers and management-side employees against claims of discrimination and wage and hour violations under state and federal laws. She also serves as General Counsel to a number of small and medium sized businesses where she provides advice on personnel issues, risk management strategies, litigation management, employment and general commercial best practices.
Kelly’s product liability practice includes defending pharmaceutical and medical device companies as well as automotive, recreational and marine products, and consumer and commercial product manufacturers. Kelly represents clients ranging from the world’s largest insurers to Fortune 500 companies to family owned businesses. She has tried many cases to verdict and has participated in numerous multi-party mediations. Stemming from her more than twenty years of litigation experience in the product liability arena, Kelly has developed a related commercial practice advising manufacturers and distributors in commercial, and consumer related matters.
Kelly’s professional liability practice involves the defense of errors and omissions matters, involving professionals in the legal, insurance, real estate, accounting and financial fields. Kelly also represents specialty professionals in a myriad of disputes involving technicians, massage therapists, tattoo artists, property managers, and other miscellaneous professionals.
Kelly also assists our national insurance coverage practice by advising and representing domestic and international insurers on first-party property (Homeowner’s and Commercial), commercial general liability, construction defect, and professional errors and omission claims.
In addition to her extensive litigation experience, Kelly serves as a Municipal Court Judge in the Townships of Union and Scotch Plains, New Jersey. As a Municipal Court Judge, Kelly routinely presides over trials involving DWI, domestic violence, violations of New Jersey motor vehicle laws and municipal ordinances. Kelly is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society limited to 3,500 fellows, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. For more than twenty years Kelly served as a Trustee for the New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and is one of the Founders of the Women on the Move Luncheon which raises money to fund research and provide services for people diagnosed with MS. She is a founder and the former President of the Board of Directors of the Vanguard Theater Company, a community theater located in New Jersey dedicated to bringing diversity to the stage.
New York Law School (J.D., 1991)
Rutgers University (B.A., 1988)
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