John W. Kelly

John W. Kelly

Senior Litigation Counsel

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"I enjoyed working with Doug and John. Amazing integrity, top notch service and very quick responses. If needed, I would work with both of them in the future and would definitely refer them to anyone needing legal advice and counsel. The service was genuine and personable, not just transactional. Thank you Doug and John."
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"We worked with the team at Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher in a complex litigation and found them to be thorough and creative, driving towards the goal with focus. There was little or no wasted effort on side issues, and there were many, many side issues which could have derailed the efforts and wasted time and energy. The team was thoroughly professional, always well-prepared, civil and able to maintain cordial relations with a determined adversary. The conclusion of the litigation was entirely satisfactory to us."
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"The commercial litigation case we entrusted with Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher is somewhat complicated and involves an understanding of a foreign culture as the party to be represented by this firm is a foreign individual, not having had any exposure to the U.S system. Nevertheless, the lead lawyer has been very patient, putting forth many good ideas with reason."
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Mr. Kelly focuses his practice in the area of commercial litigation, with particular concentration in intellectual property rights. Mr. Kelly is admitted to the New York and Hawaii Bar and earned his Juris Doctor from New York Law School. He is also a member of the panel with the First Circuit Court Annexed Arbitration Program.

Mr. Kelly has been selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers®, "Rising Star" list in the practice area of IP Litigation (2020-2023).

Mr. Kelly has been named to The Best Lawyersin America®, Ones to Watch list in the practice areas of Intellectual Property Litigation, Real Estate Litigation and Commercial Litigation.

Prior to joining Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher, Mr. Kelly was an associate at one of the nation’s oldest intellectual property firms based in New York. While there his practice included counseling clients from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies on the prosecution, opposition and enforcement of worldwide intellectual property rights, negotiating coexistence and settlement agreements, providing guidance on business transactions and conducting due diligence for divestments and acquisitions.  Mr. Kelly worked closely with the Litigation Group and the Mergers, Acquisitions and Licensing Group during his tenure with the firm.

Since returning to Hawaii Mr. Kelly has assisted a number of clients, from individuals and startups, to large and established corporations with a wide range of intellectual property matters.  Mr. Kelly has advised local clients on domestic and international trademark registration, maintenance and enforcement, including litigating matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), state, federal, and administrative tribunals.  His work also includes assisting business clients with issues relating to copyright, domain names, rights of publicity and unfair competition.  Some of Mr. Kelly’s clients include local leaders in the food and beverage, hospitality, fashion, retail, luxury and tech industries in Hawaii. 

Mr. Kelly was recently sought out by Hawaii News Now to comment on the "Aloha Poke" case, where a Chicago-based business attempted to stop businesses from using the words "aloha" and "aloha poke". Read here.

Mr. Kelly also has prior experience as a financial instrument consultant at a boutique research firm focused on the review and legal analysis of bond and loan covenants for institutional investors.   

During law school, Mr. Kelly was a legal intern at The United States Court of International Trade in New York City, serving the Chambers of the Honorable Judge Nicholas Tsoucalas.