Kelly F. O'Donnell is an associate in the Business Organizations and Finance and the Trusts and Estates practice areas.  In the corporate arena, Kelly works with businesses of all sizes and assists start-ups with understanding the legal requirements necessary to run their operations. Her practice includes mergers and acquisitions, contract review and negotiation, corporate formation, customer and vendor agreements and negotiations, protection of intellectual property, corporate succession planning and tax planning advice.  Kelly has represented both private, family owned businesses and international publicly held companies in their acquisitions and related tax planning.  Kelly also enjoys working with start ups and entrepreneurs to bring their businesses to fruition, with advice based on practicality and keeping initial costs in mind.

As a member of the firm’s Trusts and Estates practice, Kelly advises clients regarding business succession planning, health care decision-making, and estate planning. Kelly advises both public charities and private foundations on issues of formation, exempt status and acquisitions of all types. Kelly also engages in probate litigation involving both family disputes and business issues. 

As a member of the firm's Health Care Department, Kelly advises hospitals and other providers on emergency risk management issues.

During law school, Kelly was a judicial intern for the U.S. District Court and Honorable William I. Garfinkel.  Kelly also worked as a student attorney at the Community Economic Development Clinic in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she provided transactional legal services to nonprofit and community-based organizations. Additionally, she was a legal intern for Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice in Honolulu and for the Office of the Ombudsman in Belize.  A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Kelly received the Award for Exceptional Service for her work as the Production Editor on the University of Michigan Journal of Race & Law.


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  • Professional Affiliations

    Connecticut Bar Association - Business Law section, Treasurer

    Greater Bridgeport Bar Association

    New Haven County Bar Association

    Association for Corporate Growth

    Community Involvement

    Thrive, Bridgeport Regional Business Council's Young Professionals Initiative - Founding Member

    Bridgeport Regional Business Council's Leadership Greater Bridgeport - Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Secretary

    City Lights and Company - Past President of the Board of Directors

    Ernest C. Trefz School of Business Advisory Board

    Honors & Recognitions

    Named a Moffly Media Top Lawyer in Fairfield County, 2021 - Tax Law

    Recipient of the The Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch" award since 2021 

    Named to the Super Lawyers "Connecticut Rising Star" in the area of Business and Corporate for 2019 and 2021 

    Bridgeport Regional Business Council "2018 Rising Star Leadership" award  

    Connecticut Law Tribune "New Leader in the Law" award, 2018

    Fairfield County Business Journal's "40 Under 40" award, 2017

    Award for Exceptional Service as the Production Editor for the University of Michigan Journal of Race & Law

    News & Insights


    Case Studies

    Bar and Court Admissions

    • Connecticut
    • Massachusetts 


    Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, LL.M. in taxation, 2019

    University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2014

    University of Connecticut, B.A., summa cum laude, 2011, Phi Beta Kappa

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