Kelly Trout


Washington, D.C.

(202) 471-3428

(202) 861-1905

Kelly is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department and focuses her practice on complex business and commercial litigation on behalf of individuals and corporations. She has successfully litigated in federal and state courts in a variety of industries including software, insurance, construction, and gaming and entertainment, and on a wide range of issues, including breach of contract, breach of warranty, product liability, internal investigations, and fraud. Kelly is involved in all aspects of litigation, from initial pleadings through discovery, motion practice, mediation, trial, and appeals.

Kelly is committed to serving her community, representing clients on a pro bono basis in housing discrimination matters and clemency applications.

Kelly earned her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of North Carolina. While at Georgetown, Kelly was a member of the Georgetown Journal of Law & Modern Critical Race Perspectives and a legal intern for the Department of Education’s Office of Hearings and Appeals and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s Educational Opportunities Project. Prior to law school, Kelly was a Teach For America corps member in D.C. and government affairs associate for Teach For America’s national team.


States Require Strict Compliance with CDC Guidance for Continued Construction Operations

April 16, 2020

Kelly Trout and Chris Sweeney detail Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania's recent orders mandating businesses that are operating follow CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

D.C. Closes Non-Essential Businesses, Restricts Sick Employees of Essential Businesses [Alert]

March 31, 2020

Chris Sweeney, Stephen Seeger, Jesse Keene, Kelly Trout, and Alex Busch discuss the D.C. mayor's order closing all non-essential businesses and how it impacts the construction industry.

Maryland and Virginia Close “Non-Essential” Business [Alert]

March 30, 2020

Christopher Sweeney, Stephen Seeger, Jesse Keene, Kelly Trout, and Alex Busch discuss how the Maryland and Virginia executive orders will impact the construction industry.

Georgia Supreme Court Clarifies Pre-Suit Offer Requirements [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

May 30, 2017

On March 6, 2017, the Georgia Supreme Court answered certified questions regarding the application of Georgia’s Pre-Suit Offer statute concluding that O.C.G.A. § 9-11-67.1, the statute dealing with the formation of settlement agreements pursuant to pre-suit offers to settle tort claims arising from...

Reducing Privilege Inequities Through Early Childhood Education [Georgetown J. of Law & Modern Critical Race Perspectives]

October 08, 2015

In recent years, the Supreme Court effectively declared the end of racism in America as unrest about the realities of American racism grew. Kelly's note explores the historical frameworks for dealing with race-based unrest in this country, suggests that the federal government should act to directly reduce white privilege, and provides an example of how making high-quality early childhood education accessible to all children of color could advance this aim.


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2015
  • George Mason University, M. Ed., 2010
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, B.A., 2008

Awards & Honors

DC Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year (2016)

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland