Practice Areas


  • Columbia Law School, J.D.

  • Claremont Graduate University, M.A.

  • Rice University, B.A.

State Bar Admissions

  • California

  • New York

Garland A. Kelley

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As a Partner in Glaser Weil’s Litigation Department, Garland Kelley’s primary practice involves complex commercial litigation (state and federal court) and securities litigation (including complex class action and derivative matters, defense of shareholder litigation against publicly held companies and SEC-related matters). Mr. Kelley's experience includes trial, appellate, arbitration, mediation, insurance and settlement aspects, and often includes transnational elements including matters relating to Germany, Japan, China, South Korea and numerous U.S. jurisdictions.

Sub-Practice Areas:

  • Securities Litigation
  • Complex Business Disputes
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Corporate Investigations
  • Transnational Disputes

Mr. Kelley began his legal practice at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City, where he was an Associate from 1999 through 2002. Prior to joining Glaser Weil, Mr. Kelley was associated with the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella LLP, where he was a member of the firm's litigation practice group. He was previously a management consultant with Accenture for 8 years, working primarily on matters in Malaysia, Indonesia and Argentina.

Mr. Kelley earned his bachelor’s degree from Rice University in Houston and his master’s degree from Claremont Graduate University. He received his law degree from Columbia Law School. He served as a judicial extern for the Hon. Judge Shira A. Scheindlin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Kelley was named a local "Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation and was selected for inclusion on the Southern California Super Lawyers list.

  • Columbia Law School, J.D.

  • Claremont Graduate University, M.A.

  • Rice University, B.A.

  • California

  • New York

  • Jury and bench trials to verdict in intellectual property, complex commercial, securities and statutory matters.

  • Defense of numerous clients in securities-related litigation, including complex class action and derivative lawsuits.

  • Investigation or defense of "options backdating" issues involving public companies or senior executives, including civil and criminal matters.

  • Defense of numerous complex, multi-jurisdictional matters resisting preliminary injunctions / TRO's in connection with mergers, acquisitions or going-private transactions.

  • Defense of multiple state court lawsuits regarding potential application of California statute regulating "investigative" reports, resulting in published appellate court decision.

  • Defense of multi-jurisdictional securities matters arising out of large-scale municipal bond defaults, resulting in two published appellate court decisions (state and federal).

  • Defense or prosecution of complex statutory, common law and transnational matters.

  • Represented corporation in Section 16(b) short-swing profits matter (see more).

  • Benchmark Litigation, Litigation Star, 2017-2019

  • Southern California Super Lawyer

  • Dole Food Company

              Donoghue v. Murdock, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110605 (Aug. 6, 2013) (S.D.N.Y.)

  • Keith Olbermann

              Olbermann Broadcasting Empire, Inc. and Keith Olbermann v. Current TV, LLC, et al. (settlement)

  • KFC Corporation

              KFC Natl. Council and Advertising Coop., Inc. v. KFC Corp., 2011 Del. Ch. LEXIS 17 (Jan. 31, 2011) (Del Ch.)

  • e4L

              Zamora v. Lehman, et al., 214 Cal. App. 4th 193 (Mar. 7, 2013) (Cal. App.)

  • In re Rambus Derivative Litig. and Kelley v. Rambus (Geoff Tate)

              In re Rambus Inc. Deriv. Litig., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 131845 (Jan. 20, 2009) (N.D. Ca.) (settlement)

              J. Kelley, et al. v. Rambus, Inc., et al., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 100319 (Dec. 9, 2008) (N.D. Ca.)

              J. Kelley, et al. v. Rambus, Inc., et al., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 120042 (Apr. 17, 2008) (N.D. Ca.)

              J. Kelley, et al. v. Rambus, Inc., et al., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81616, (Oct. 15, 2007) (N.D. Ca.)

  • Maxim Integrated Products Securities Litig. (John Gifford)

              In re Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. Securities Litig., 639 F. Supp. 2d 1038 (July 16, 2009) (N.D. Ca.)

              Hannan v. Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 69966 (Aug. 10, 2009) (D. Ore.)

              Ryan v. Gifford, et al., 935 A.2d 258 (Nov. 21, 2007) (Del. Ch.)

  • In re Heritage Bond Securities Litig. (CBIZ)

              Talley v. Valuation Counselors Group, Inc., 191 Cal. App. 4th 132 (Dec. 22, 2010) (Cal. App.)

              In re Heritage Bond Litig., 546 F.3d 667 (Oct. 1, 2008) (9th Cir.)

  • Ortiz v. Lyon Mgmt. Group (Archstone-Smith Trust)

              Ortiz v. Lyon Mgmt. Group, Inc., 157 Cal. App. 4th 604 (Dec. 3, 2007) (Cal. App.)

  • Lattice Semiconductor Securities Litig. (Ronald Hoyt)

              In re Lattice Semiconductor Corp. Securities Litig., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 262 (Jan. 3, 2006) (D. Ore.)