KELLEY A. CONATY devotes the vast majority of her practice to patent litigation work. Since joining the firm, Kelley has participated in every phase of patent litigation, including pre-trial preparation and strategy, complex e-discovery, claim construction briefing, summary judgment briefing, mediation and settlement negotiations, taking and defending depositions, discovery disputes and hearings, technical and financial expert reports, witness preparation for trial and deposition testimony, trial, and post-trial briefing. She has seen patent litigation not only from these competing perspectives, but also from the view of the court and mediator – assisting when a member of the firm was appointed a special master or mediator.
Kelley recently secured an important win for a client when Chief Judge James Holderman of the Northern District of Illinois granted her motion for summary judgment and disallowed any claim for lost profit damages.
In the last several years, Kelley has contributed to multiple cases before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Texas as well as the Federal Circuit, the Northern District of Illinois, Southern District of Florida, Western District of Washington, Southern District New York, Northern District of Georgia, Eastern District of Tennessee, and the Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas. The subject matter of these cases have included telecommunications, software, semiconductor and computer architecture, semiconductor fabrication, consumer electronics, mechanical devices utilized in the oilfield industry, and electronic marketing systems for use in the retail industry.
In addition to her patent litigation practice, Kelley has also represented clients on various immigration and asylum issues before the Dallas Immigration Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the USCIS.
Kelley is a member of Sidley’s E-discovery Task Force and committee for the Retention and Promotion of Women.
Before attending law school, Kelley worked for a leading enterprise application integrator as a consultant and provided software solutions to companies across many industries, including the airline, insurance, and financial services industries.
Kelley served as Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal, University of Texas, School of Law for 2002-03 and is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Dallas Bar Association.