Molly Kelley is a litigation partner concentrating in government enforcement and antitrust in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Prior to joining Kirkland, Molly served as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice, both at the Antitrust Division and at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana.

While a federal prosecutor, Molly investigated and acted as trial counsel in a variety of criminal cases, including jury trials. She has experience prosecuting criminal antitrust conspiracies involving procurement fraud, price fixing, bid rigging, and market allocation in national and international industries.

Before her government service, Molly worked at a global law firm assisting multinational clients with antitrust investigations, compliance audits, counseling, and litigation.


Thought Leadership

Speaking Engagements

Moderator, “After the Antitrust Verdict: Navigating Parallel Civil Proceedings and Appellate Issues,” ABA Litigation Section, June 2024

Presenter, “Developments in Criminal Antitrust Prosecutions,” Seventh Circuit Bar Association, February 2024


Co-Author, “You’re Fired: the Expanding Role of Behavioral Remedies in Cartel Enforcement,” Concurrence Law Journal, 2014

Co-Author, “Striking the Right Balance: The Importance of Leniency to the Global Rise of Private Antitrust Enforcement,” Concurrence Law Journal, 2013

Contributor, ABA Antitrust Law Developments, Joint Venture and Robinson-Patman Act chapters

Author, “Settling for Settlement: The European Commission’s New Cartel Settlement Procedure,” 9 Washington University Global Studies Law Review 699, 2010


Recognized by Chambers USA as:

  • “Up and Coming” for Antitrust, 2024

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States for:

  • Antitrust: Cartel, 2023
  • Antitrust: Civil Litigation/Class Actions: Defense, 2023

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association, Antitrust Section

Seventh Circuit Bar Association


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2010Illinois


  • English
  • French


  • Washington University in St. LouisJ.D.2010
    Global Studies Law Review
  • University of Notre DameB.A., Political Science2006