Kelly Schell is of counsel in Kirkland's Chicago office. She focuses her practice in the area of asset finance and securitization. Kelly has represented issuers, underwriters, initial purchasers and conduit sponsors in a variety of securitization and principal finance matters.


Thought Leadership


“Risk Retention Reverberations: How Far Do the Effects of the LSTA Case Extend?” Kirkland & Ellis LLP Alert (May 2018)

“ABS Regulatory Lotto: The Numbers Game,” Kirkland & Ellis LLP (October 14, 2011)

"Much Ado About Nothing" regarding Section 939B of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, Kirkland & Ellis LLP Alert (October 2010)

“Disclosure: 10 Key Requirements in the SEC’s ABS Release,” Kirkland & Ellis LLP Alert (June 18, 2004)

“The Big Picture: 10 Key Concepts in the SEC’s ABS Release,” Kirkland & Ellis LLP Alert (May 2004)


Press Mentions

Kelly was mentioned in the article "Big Suits: UAL Bankruptcy" for her role in UAL Corp.'s bankruptcy filing.


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1995Illinois


  • The John Marshall Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude1995

    Recipient of the Dean's Academic Scholarship

    Staff Editor, The John Marshall Law Review

  • DePaul UniversityB.S.1990
    Recipient of the Arthur Schmidt Academic Scholarship