Mary focuses her practice on sophisticated domestic litigation, often for well-known clients with complex and varied holdings. Her practice requires a depth of knowledge as complex and varied as her clients as well as uncommon discretion.
Mary has been listed in the family law category of Best Lawyers in America® since 1995 and in the family law mediation category since 2008. She has been rated AV Preeminent in the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory for over 20 years. Mary has been included in Colorado Super Lawyers® in the area of family law every year since this publication first appeared.In the course of domestic litigation, negotiation is an essential skill.
As with all civil cases, most domestic cases result in settlement. Mary completed the Harvard Law School course of Negotiation.
Prior to joining Reilly Pozner, Mary maintained a successful practice in domestic litigation for thirty years. She began her practice in the litigation department of Sherman & Howard, a large Denver-based firm, where she worked on complex corporate and domestic litigation. During her ten years there, Mary developed her domestic practice and advanced to partner in the litigation department. After Sherman & Howard, Mary founded Mary J. Kelly P.C. where she practiced for 20 years.
Throughout her career, she has preferred a model where she can work closely and personally with a select number of clients.
Mary has served as President of the Denver Bar Association, as member of the board of trustees of the Colorado Bar Association, and Chair of the Colorado Lawyer’s Committee for Equal Justice. She has served on two Colorado Supreme Court civil rules committees. She is a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers.
In the domestic field, Mary has served as President of the Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and Chair of the Family Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association.
Mary earned her law degree from the University of Denver College of Law. She holds an undergraduate degree in the then United Nations-sponsored Conflict and Peace Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
When not practicing law, Mary can be found with her family, on her stand up paddleboard at any beach available, preferably in the middle of the north coast of Jamaica.