Kelly Warner



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Kelly Warner not only understands how to get the job done, she knows how to do it strategically, efficiently and with a smile. Her razor-sharp logistical instincts are perfectly balanced by her engaging, approachable manner and stellar communications skills.

In dozens of complex internal investigations, Kelly has guided clients to identify and root out wrongdoing at all levels of organizations. In regulatory inquiries, Kelly's collaborative and creative approach creates opportunities for her clients to efficiently address the government's interest. In structuring and assessing clients’ compliance programs, she has guided clients to improve programs both proactively and in the face of government interest. In commercial litigation, she has led teams of attorneys prosecuting and defending actions in state and federal courts nationwide.

Kelly’s ability to communicate and bring people together includes a cutting-edge knowledge of technology and the law. She is the exception to the rule that most people who are skilled at understanding technical complexity are not very good at communicating about it. This combination helps her to help her clients leverage technology as an offensive and defensive tool to comply with data privacy requirements, manage risk, avoid discovery pitfalls and detours, and uncover the facts. Even in matters where she has not been retained as trial counsel, clients come to Kelly for assistance developing litigation strategies that conserve resources and meet clients' needs.

Kelly has investigated and litigated cases involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), anti-kickback statutes, data privacy and cyber breach, environmental and securities fraud, defamation, trade-secret misappropriation, sexual harassment, and unfair competition. She has partnered with clients to conduct assessments of compliance programs, to develop and revise internal compliance policies and procedures, including codes of conduct, investigations, dealer due diligence, anti-bribery and litigation readiness policies, and to train employees on compliance.

Kelly is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She is an adjunct professor of law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She has presented extensively on electronic discovery and the ethical implications of technology. She is an active member of the Seventh Circuit Pilot Program on Electronic Discovery, selected to serve as a member of the Steering Committee and the co-chair of the Education Committee. Kelly is also a member of the Sedona Conference Working Groups 1 and 9, contributing as a co-author and conference faculty member.

  • Education

      • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 2000
      • Michigan State University, B.A., Social Relations, 1996, with honors

    Bar Admissions

      • Illinois
      • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
      • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
      • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
      • U.S. Tax Court
  • Professional Memberships

    • The Chicago Bar Foundation

        • Board of Directors
    • The Sedona Conference

        • Member, Working Groups 1 and 9
      • Seventh Circuit Pilot Program on Electronic Discovery

          • Steering Committee, Member
          • Education Subcommittee, Co-Chair
          • Mediation Subcommittee, Member

    Honors & Awards

    • Illinois Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters' Illinois Super Lawyers (2011-2014)