Deborah Kelly

Deborah Kelly

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Known for her straightforward, proactive approach, Deborah P. Kelly brings value to her clients by offering carefully balanced solutions to business and legal challenges. Deborah represents employers in the professional services, hospitality, nonprofit, software, retail and financial services industries, appearing before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. Deborah helps employers adopt best practices that minimize the risk of litigation. She designs and leads in-person and web-based training for Boards of Directors, in-house counsel, managers, human resource professionals and other employees. Her popular workshops address topics such as antidiscrimination, EEO compliance and social media issues. She also counsels boards of directors about complex high-level employment matters. In litigation, Deborah handles employment matters including non-competes, trade secret litigation, breach of contract, wage and hour, and all forms of discrimination.

Before joining Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, Deborah practiced at two prominent law firms, including one where she headed the employment practice, served as the firm’s deputy general counsel and served two terms on its executive committee. Deborah spent almost a decade in academia before becoming a lawyer, serving on the political science faculty at American University and University of Maryland. Deborah also spent five years at The Brookings Institution where she researched perspectives of the criminal justice system and worked on a book on congressional oversight of federal administrative practices. In recognition of her professional contributions, Deborah was elected into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in 2016.

General Sessions

Employment Update: How COVID-19 Changed Your Workplace

This session will explore the still evolving changes to today’s workplace due to COVID-19. Topics to be explored include how employers and employees have redefined the workplace and corresponding employment and legal rights and obligations.

January 25, 2022 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Ponce de Leon Ballroom

Insight Sessions

Employment Update: How COVID-19 Changed Your Workplace – Conversation Expanded

January 25, 2022 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Ponce de Leon Ballroom 3

Go Above & Beyond At Regional 2022

The NACDS Regional Chain Conference is a working meeting that offers unique networking opportunities with both your peers and trading partners.

January 23–25, 2022 The Breakers, Palm Beach, FL

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