Kelli J. Powell

Kelli Powell focuses her practice on complex intellectual property litigation matters.

Past Experience

Ms. Powell clerked for the Honorable David J. Barron of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. 

While in law school, Ms. Powell served as a student attorney with the Boston College Law Prosecution Program, where she represented the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in a range of proceedings in district court including arraignments, bail hearings, and motion hearings. Ms. Powell also served as a legal intern in the Consumer Rights Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services. During her time there, she handled cases involving foreclosure prevention, predatory lending, and other consumer issues.

Prior to her legal education, Ms. Powell was assistant director in the Office of Admissions at College of the Holy Cross.

Professional Activities

Ms. Powell served as a co-chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation Committee of the Litigation and Intellectual Property Sections of the Boston Bar Association from 2013-2015, and before that was the Membership Liaison for the Litigation Section Steering Committee from 2012-2013.

Ms. Powell is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, as well as the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.


  • Selected for inclusion in the 2021 and 2022 editions of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for intellectual property litigation
  • Named a 2017, 2020 and 2021 Massachusetts Rising Star by Super Lawyers for her intellectual property litigation practice

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  • Education

    • JD, Boston College Law School, 2011

      Senior Articles Editor, Environmental Affairs Law Review
    • BA, Political Science and Public & Private Sector Organizations, Brown University, 2004

  • Admissions

    • Massachusetts

  • Clerkships

    • The Hon. David J. Barron, US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 2017 - 2018