Jon Kelley is a litigation partner in the Dallas office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Jon has experience in all aspects of trial strategy and preparation. His practice is focused on civil litigation and civil appeals, as well as First Amendment litigation. Jon recently second-chaired a trial victory in a First Amendment case before the Chief Judge of the District Court for the District of Colorado. Prior to joining Kirkland, Jon represented a diverse group of clients including Microsoft, Major League Baseball, Pfizer, JPMorgan, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., the National Football League in its NFL Sunday Ticket Antitrust Litigation, the Blackstone Group, and other Fortune 500 companies.

Jon earned his law degree from Duke University School of Law. After graduating summa cum laude with his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University, Jon received a Fulbright Grant from the U.S. Department of State and spent a year living in South Korea. Jon has traveled extensively, and, among other international work, has served as a visiting professor at a university in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Jon has a burgeoning First Amendment practice, challenging commercial speech restrictions on behalf of some the nation’s largest home service companies. His litigation on behalf of these clients resulted in hundreds of municipalities repealing or amending their laws.


Thought Leadership


Co-Author with George Hicks, “Removal and Remand: Simple Yet Complex,” The Advocate: State Bar Litigation Section Report, Vol. 97 No. 29, Winter 2021

Co-Author, "2014 SEC Actions brought Against Hedge Funds, Private Funds, and Fund Investment Advisers," Practicing Law Institute, Fall 2014

Author, "Gideon’s Bullhorn: Sounding a Louder, Clearer Call for a Civil Right to Counsel," 4 Sanford J. Pub. Pol’y 87, May 2013


"Equal Justice Under Law? Broken Promises and Relevant Responses to the Inefficacy of Appointed Counsel," Lecture at Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy, April 25, 2013

"The Ins and Outs of Responding to a Congressional Subpoena," Presentation to the Higginbotham Inn, April 18, 2018


Political Activism Trailblazer, The National Law Journal, 2020

Memberships & Affiliations

Associate Member, Higginbotham Inn of Court, 2017–2018

Member, Dallas Bar Association

Member, Texas Bar Association

Member, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Texas
  • District of Columbia


  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas


  • Duke University School of LawJ.D.

    Editor-in-Chief, Duke Law & Technology Review

    Member, Duke Law Journal’s Editorial Board

    Member, Moot Court Board

  • Arizona State UniversityB.A., Communications Studiessumma cum laude