Kelly concentrates her practice in the areas of complex litigation, class actions and pharmaceutical/medical device litigation. Kelly represents clients in involving wage and hour, employment, and consumer protection laws, as well as products liability and mass torts related to artificial hips.
Kelly’s experience in overtime class and collective actions in particular, has made her a recognized resource on topics such as the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage and hour laws, particularly in the context of donning and doffing and misclassification claims, as well as civil litigation strategies in such actions.
William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2003
Gustavus Adolphus College, B.A. in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Political Science, 2000
Minnesota State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Federal Bar Association (MN-FBA Diversity Committee Member)
Minnesota Women Lawyers (Programming Committee Co-Chair 2015-present; Membership Outreach Committee, Co-Chair 2011-2015)
National Association of Women Lawyers
Minnesota; U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas; U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas; U.S District Court, District of Colorado; Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals; Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
Honors & Awards
Rising Star 2010-2017, Super Lawyers
Publications & Seminars
Trying Your Employment Case to “Expert” Jurors, Minnesota CLE Webinar, Presenter, October 2015
Kelly A. Swanson, LexisNexis Expert Commentary, Trends in Donning and Doffing Litigation, 2009 Emerging Issues 4440 (LexisNexis June 2009), available here.
Shawn M. Raiter and Kelly A. Swanson, LexisNexis Expert Commentary, The Expanding Scope of the Cy Pres Doctrine and the Distribution of Unclaimed Settlement Funds (Lexis Nexis Feb. 2008), available here.
Author:Note, Mens Rea Alive and Well: Limiting Public Welfare Offenses – In Re C.R.M., 28 WM. Mitchell 1265 (2002)