The Catholic University of America

Kathryn Kelly

Upon graduation from Notre Dame's law school in 1978, Kathryn Kelly entered private practice in Washington, D.C. During her twelve years with Jones, Day and Crowell & Moring, she practiced principally in the areas of product liability, health care, and employment discrimination, managing complex litigation, counseling concerning risk-management and regulatory compliance, and providing advice on legislative issues. During this time, her lecturing in CLE courses and work as a staffing partner whetted her interest in teaching. In 1991, she resigned her law firm partnership and joined the faculty.

Professor Kelly is one of three co-authors of the Prosser, Wade, and Schwartz Torts casebook and also has written in the areas of product liability, health care, complex litigation, and legal education. She has testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Consumer Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and the U.S. Civil Rights Commission on products liability and AIDS issues and has served as an arbitrator for the Maryland Health Claims Arbitration Board.


Research and Writing

Prosser, Wade and Schwartz's Torts. Thirteenth edition. Foundation Press, 2015 (with others) (previous editions in 1994, 2000, 2005, 2010).
Annual Supplement, Comparative Negligence. Fifth edition. LexisNexis, 2010 (with Schwartz) 2013-2018.

Annual Supplement, Guide to Multistate Litigation. Thomson/West, 1986-2018.

Teacher's Manual for Prosser, Wade and Schwartz's Torts: Cases and Materials. Foundation Press, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015 (with others).
Product Liability: A Practical Guide. Prentice-Hall, 1988 (with others).
Product Liability: Cases and Trends. Prentice Hall, 1987 (with others).


Guide to Multistate Litigation. Shepard's/McGraw-Hill, 1985 (with others).

"Review of Essays in Therapeutic Jurisprudence by David B. Wexler and Bruce J. Winick." Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy 9 (Spring 1993): 623.

"Health Care Issues." In AIDS and the Law. Second edition. John Wiley & Sons, 1992.
"Negligence and Intentional Torts." In AIDS and the Law. Second edition. John Wiley & Sons, 1992.
"Tort Liability, Immunities and Defenses." In Healthcare Facilities Law: Critical Issues for Hospitals, HMOs, and Extended Care Facilities, edited by Anne M. Dellinger. Little, Brown, 1991 (with others).




In Her Words ...

“Every client deserves an excellent lawyer, whether that lawyer is well-compensated or working pro bono. I enjoy assisting nascent lawyers in achieving excellence in the study and practice of law.”

– Kathryn Kelly



Office: 417 Law School
The Catholic University of America
3600 John McCormack Rd., NE
Washington, D.C. 20064

Phone: 202-319-5148



  • Torts 
  • Civil Procedure 
  • Complex Litigation
  • Interviewing, Counseling, & Negotiating Skills




University of Notre Dame, 1978 



Butler University, 1975 


Areas of Expertise

  • Civil Procedure
  • Torts 
  • Complex Litigation
  • Lawyering Skills
  • For additional information about our professors' areas of speciality, see the Catholic University Experts page.



  • Partner, Crowell & Moring, 1985-1990
  • Associate, Crowell & Moring, 1979-1985
  • Associate, Jones Day 1978-1979