Kelly M. Warner

Partner ( Chicago )

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Kelly Warner not only understands how to get the job done, she knows how to do it strategically, efficiently and with a smile. Her razor-sharp logistical instincts are perfectly balanced by her engaging, approachable manner and stellar communications skills.

In dozens of complex internal investigations, Kelly has guided clients to identify and root out wrongdoing at all levels of organizations. In regulatory inquiries, Kelly's collaborative and creative approach creates opportunities for her clients to efficiently address the government's interest. In structuring and assessing clients’ compliance programs, she has guided clients to improve programs both proactively and in the face of government interest. In commercial litigation, she has led teams of attorneys prosecuting and defending actions in state and federal courts nationwide.

Kelly’s ability to communicate and bring people together includes a cutting-edge knowledge of technology and the law. She is the exception to the rule that most people who are skilled at understanding technical complexity are not very good at communicating about it. This combination helps her to help her clients leverage technology as an offensive and defensive tool to comply with data privacy requirements, manage risk, avoid discovery pitfalls and detours, and uncover the facts. Even in matters where she has not been retained as trial counsel, clients come to Kelly for assistance developing litigation strategies that conserve resources and meet clients' needs.

Kelly has partnered with clients in a range of industries to conduct assessments of compliance programs, to develop and revise internal compliance policies and procedures, including codes of conduct, investigations, dealer due diligence, anti-bribery and litigation readiness policies, and to train employees on compliance. She has investigated and litigated cases involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), anti-kickback statutes, data privacy and cyber breach, environmental and securities fraud, defamation, trade-secret misappropriation, sexual harassment, and unfair competition.

Kelly is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She is an adjunct professor of law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She has presented extensively on electronic discovery and the ethical implications of technology. She is an active member of the Seventh Circuit Pilot Program on Electronic Discovery, selected to serve as a member of the Steering Committee and the co-chair of the Education Committee. Kelly is also a member of the Sedona Conference Working Groups 1 and 9, contributing as a co-author and conference faculty member.



Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 2000
Michigan State University, B.A., Social Relations, 1996, with honors

Bar Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. Tax Court

Professional Memberships

The Chicago Bar Foundation
Board of Directors

The Sedona Conference
Member, Working Groups 1 and 9

Seventh Circuit Pilot Program on Electronic Discovery
Steering Committee, Member
Education Subcommittee, Co-Chair
Mediation Subcommittee, Member

Honors & Awards

Illinois Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters' Illinois Super Lawyers (2011-2014)

Publications & Presentations

“On the Move:  Managing Mobile Device E-Discovery,” (panelist) ABA National Institute on E‑Discovery (May 11, 2017)

“Mastering the Deposition:  A Critical Skills Program,” (panelist) Pincus Professional Education (April 13, 2017)

“Early Preservation, Production and Sanctions Under the New Rules,” (panelist), Innovation in eDiscovery Conference, Chicago, Ill. (November 29, 2016)

“Electronically Stored Information and Competence: What An Attorney Must Know and How to Learn It,” (panelist), Bloomberg BNA (July 20, 2016)

“How Confident are You in Your Competence?,” (faculty member and panelist), The 10th Annual Sedona Conference Institute Program on eDiscovery Staying Ahead of the eDiscovery Curve: Retooling Your Practice Under the New Federal Rules, San Diego, Ca. (March 17, 2016)

“The Decade of Discovery” Screening and Panel Discussion, (moderator), Seventh Circuit Pilot Program on Electronic Discovery (April 15, 2015)

“Professional Responsibility Avec Grand Plaisir,” (panelist), The Sedona Conference All Voices Meeting, New Orleans, La. (November 7, 2014)

“Legal Holds and the Seven Stages of Grief,” (moderator), Seventh Circuit Pilot Program on Electronic Discovery (June 18, 2014)

Community Service

Kelly is passionate about broadening access to justice for all people, both by representing individuals and organizations that cannot afford legal assistance and through supporting legal services organizations. She led a legal clinic operated in connection with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) for a number of years, served as an Executive Member of the Board of CVLS, and currently serves as a Director of the Chicago Bar Foundation. She worked with Northwestern University School of Law's Blum Legal Clinic's Center on Wrongful Conviction to obtain a new trial and ultimately an exoneration for an individual imprisoned for 16 years for a crime she did not commit.