Kelly Eckel is a commercial litigator and Hiring Partner at Duane Morris LLP. For the past 20 years, Kelly has represented clients in a wide variety of litigation matters, including but not limited to commercial fraud, complex contracts, business torts, intellectual property, employment litigation, and bankruptcy litigation. In addition to her extensive litigation experience, Kelly was appointed in 2010 to the American Arbitration Association's Roster of Neutrals for commercial cases, an exclusive list of accomplished practitioners from legal and business communities throughout the world, who hear and decide cases filed in the AAA forum. As an AAA arbitrator, Kelly frequently presides over pre-trial and evidentiary hearings, resolves discovery disputes, issues rulings and awards, and resolves disputes between parties.
A daughter of German immigrants, Kelly spent her childhood in many parts of the country and world, moving around with her father, a (now-retired) US Army Colonel. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, where she wrote for the Harvard Crimson and played varsity water polo. After working in fundraising for two years, Kelly moved to Philadelphia to attend Temple Law School, where she was Managing Editor of Temple Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Honor Society. During law school, Kelly served as a judicial intern to US District Court Judge Harvey Bartle III. After graduation from law school, Kelly served as a judicial law clerk to US District Court Judge Stanley S. Brotman before returning to private practice at Duane Morris.
Kelly resides with her husband, Gregory Ott, their daughters, Madeleine and Cassidy, and their Irish setter, Reilly, in Upper Providence Township. Madeleine and Cassidy are active, year-round swimmers, at Suburban Seahawks Club in Newtown Square, where Kelly served on the Executive Board for several years, and during the summer, at Knowlton Swim Club in Middletown Township.