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Kelly P. Chen


Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Trade Secrets, Restrictive Covenants and Unfair Competition


Kelly P. Chen
(972) 628-3683


  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
    Dallas, Texas 2007
    Juris Doctor
  • East China University of Political Science and Law
    Study Abroad Program
    Shanghai, China
  • The University of Texas
    Austin, Texas 2004
    M.P.A., B.B.A.
    Professional Program in Accounting, Business Honors Program
    Honors: cum laude

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia, 2010

Texas, 2008

U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit

U.S. Court of International Trade

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

Honors and Awards

Best Lawyers Under 40
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Leadership Dallas, Dallas Regional Chamber
Class of 2017

40 Under 40, Dallas Business Journal

Texas Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters

Lawyers of Color First Annual Hot List
(Southwest Region)

Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy
Charter Class

Dallas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow

Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society
Life Member

State Bar of Texas, Asian Pacific Interest Section’s Best Lawyer Under 40

Lawyer Monthly—Women in Law 2016 Award—Patent and Commercial Litigation

Attorney Bio

Kelly Chen is a partner in the complex litigation/dispute resolution group where she concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial and intellectual property litigation.

In March 2015, Kelly was the lead associate on a trial team that obtained an $88 million dollar verdict – the nation’s 16th largest jury verdict and 3rd largest in Texas – for patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, and tortious interference.

Kelly previously worked in the international tax department at Deloitte as well as overseas in the legal department of a large waste management company where she worked on international dispute resolution. Kelly’s credentials and training as a certified public accountant allow her to analyze and build beneficial resolutions regarding damages and expert opinions.

Prior to joining the firm, Kelly focused her practice in the areas of import/export compliance, international trade compliance, cross-border transactions and franchise and distribution law.

Representative Experience

  • Representing defendants against non-practicing entities alleging patent infringement;
  • Representing an optoelectronic company in a patent infringement and trade secret action;
  • Representing an international pharmaceutical company in patent infringement cases against generic drug manufacturers;
  • Successfully represented Fortune 500 company in five patent infringement actions related to vending machine technology;
  • Representing large hospital in multi-district litigation against multiple plaintiffs’ claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation;
  • Obtained summary judgment for the City of Dallas in employment discrimination and retaliation action;
  • Successfully represented investors in oil and gas drilling company for breach of contract and unjust enrichment.

Presentations & Published Works

Enforcing your patent portfolio: Tips to think about before enforcing your patents,
Inside Counsel, June 2014

International Legal Developments in Review: 2009, Customs Law,
The International Lawyer, Spring 2010

Overview of U.S. Transfer Pricing Issues and New Cost Sharing Regulations Issued by the IRS, The Practical Tax Lawyer, Summer 2009

International Legal Developments in Review: 2008, Customs Law, (co-author and co-editor), The International Lawyer, Summer 2009

H.R. 3610, the Food and Drug Import Safety Act of 2007, The International Lawyer, Winter, 2009

“The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008”
Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, November 2008

Professional Associations & Memberships

American Bar Association

Texas State Bar

Dallas Bar Association

Dallas Asian-American Bar Association, director: 2015-16, secretary: 2012-14

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Committee, Programming Subcommittee co-chair, Diversity & Inclusion Committee co-chair, Women’s Leadership Committee

Women in IP

Northern District of Texas Court Advisory Committee

The Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court
Associate Member and Barrister

The Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn Inn of Court
Associate Member and Barrister

Young Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce, board of directors


Additional Education & Achievements

Alumni Recruiter, Business Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin

E-mentor, Dallas Independent School District

Certified Public Accountant

Fluent in Mandarin Chinese