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Laura Ann

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Ms. Kelly concentrates her practice in trust and estate planning and administration and business succession planning for principals and shareholders of closely held businesses. Such practice also includes addressing clients’ private philanthropic goals, including structuring charitable trust and private foundations and providing counsel to clients on all aspects of nonprofit corporate governance. Ms. Kelly’s representative clients include individuals with net worth exceeding $100 million.

Ms. Kelly has been named to the list of NJ Super Lawyers for 2021. This is the seventh consecutive year Ms. Kelly has been selected to this list. The Super Lawyers list, compiled by the Thomson Reuters organization, identifies attorneys who have been recognized by their peers for their professional accomplishments; no more than five percent of attorneys in the State are named to the list each year. Further details on the selection methodology used can be found on the Super Lawyers website. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Ms. Kelly is included in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for her work in Trusts & Estates and Trusts & Estates Litigation. Inclusion on this list is based on peer review to capture a consensus opinion of leading lawyers regarding the professional abilities of their colleagues. Further details on the selection methodology can be found on the Best Lawyers website. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Additionally, Ms. Kelly has been named to the list of AV Preeminent lawyers by Martindale-Hubbell since 2008. Methodology and criteria used in selection to the AV list can be found on the Martindale-Hubbell website. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. 

Ms. Kelly was featured in New York Magazine’s March 19, 2018 publication highlighting New York’s Women Leaders in the Law in recognition of the achievements of women attorneys practicing in the greater New York area. Selection methodology can be found on the New York Magazine website. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

In 2009, Ms. Kelly was honored by NJ Biz magazine as one of the Best 50 Women in Business.

Ms. Kelly is a member and past Vice-Chair of the Chilton Medical Center Advisory Board in 2010-2017, a Trustee on the Atlantic Health System Board of Trustees (June 2014-present), a member and past President of the Estate Planning Council of Northern New Jersey in 2005-2006, and past Board member of the Center for Hope Hospice and Palliative Care (Trustee and Secretary, 2001-2004).

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1992
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1992
  • New York, 1993

Education

  • The George Washington University, J.D. 1992
  • Franklin & Marshall College, B.A. 1989, Phi Beta Kappa

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association (Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section)
  • District X Ethics Committee (2001-2004)
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