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. With more than 25 years of experience successfully defending complex litigation matters, Kelly is the lawyer to whom General Counsel and claims professionals turn to when they face a “bet the company” lawsuit. Kelly’s practice includes trying cases to verdict in state and federal court in New Jersey.
Kelly’s product liability practice includes defending complex product liability matters for a number of regulated products including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, consumer products, foods, automotive and construction/industrial machines in either single plaintiff cases or by way of class actions. In addition to her trial experience, Kelly’s has participated in numerous multi-party mediations. Kelly’s ability to identify the issue, appropriately value the case and seek an early and practical resolution has lead to early and successful resolutions for the benefit of her clients. Through her work with product manufacturers, Kelly has developed a related commercial practice advising manufacturers and distributors in commercial, and consumer related matters.
As the Managing Partner of the New Jersey office, Kelly oversees and leads the construction practice which 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. Likewise, Kelly oversees and leads the office’s employment practice which includes defending employers and management-side employees against claims of discrimination and wage and hour violations under state and federal laws. With this background and her risk management skills, Kelly 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. Most recently, Kelly has been on the forefront of developing Covid-19 return to work policies for various industries, including film.
Additionally as Managing Partner of the New Jersey office, Kelly oversees the professional liability practice which involves the defense of errors and omissions matters, involving professionals in the medical, legal, insurance, real estate, accounting and financial fields. Kelly’s product liability defense experience in the medical device and pharmaceutical arenas have provided her with knowledge of the health care industry thus aiding in the defense of physicians, nurses, hospitals, surgical centers and nursing homes in medical malpractice cases. 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.
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. She is also a member of the Ad Hoc Committee advising the Union County Office of LGBTQ Affairs.
New York Law School (J.D., 1991)
Rutgers University (B.A., 1988)
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