Keith Kelly is an associate in the Entertainment and Intellectual Property Sections in King & Ballow’s Los Angeles office where he represents talent and companies on a wide variety of entertainment matters. Keith’s practice encompasses advising clients on copyright and other intellectual property involving music and film, entertainment agreements, entity formation and corporate governance, advertising law, defamation and right of privacy, royalties and profit participation, and international matters with a focus on Asia.
In addition to his industry-specific experience, Keith has general trial experience in federal jury trials, regularly appears in the Superior Court of California, and also has appellate experience in the California Court of Appeal.
Keith graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law with certificates in Intellectual Property and International, Comparative & Foreign Law. He served as Technology Editor of the UMKC Law Review and was President of the International Law Society. He received the Pro Bono/Public Service Honors Award, CALI Award, Marvin and Patricia Rich Corporate Law Prize, and was recognized by the ABA’s Intellectual Property Section during the 2017 ABA-IPL Spring Conference in Washington D.C. Keith was the Transactional LawMeet National Champion and Best Draft Award recipient, the nation’s premiere transactional law competition.
Keith studied Chinese Law at Peking University as a William Q. Wu Scholar in Beijing, China. He spent two summers in Beijing working on cross-border corporate, intellectual property, and entertainment matters as a Summer Associate at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP and AnJie Law Firm.
Keith served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, and as a Law Clerk at the United States Attorney’s Office.
Prior to law school, Keith was a co-founder of a digital marketing agency in New York where he advised record labels, film and television producers, and technology companies in the creation and implementation of global advertising and marketing campaigns. He was also Music Director and a DJ at KCOU 88.1FM, and interned at Sony Music.
Keith’s article “Chinese Film Laws: An Unintended Driver of Intellectual Property Infringement” was recently published in the Entertainment & Sports Lawyer.
Keith is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries and Beverly Hills Bar Association.
Education & Court Admissions
J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
B.A., University of Missouri-Columbia
Licensed in: California
Admitted to practice: U.S. District Court, Northern and Central Districts of California