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Bree Kelly

Staff Lawyer
Fax +1.206.623.7022
Bree Kelly is a lawyer in the e-Discovery Analysis and Technology (e-DAT) group and advises clients on a variety of information governance and electronic discovery issues.

Bree frequently counsels clients of all sizes—from small nonprofits to large, publically traded companies—regarding best practices in information governance and records management, including drafting retention schedules, relevant policies and procedures and creating and providing related employee training. Bree also has substantial e-Discovery experience, ranging from advising clients regarding litigation readiness and legal hold obligations to assisting with collections, searching and productions.

In addition to serving her clients, Bree is a frequent speaker and author on the topics of information governance and electronic discovery.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Bree worked for two local Pacific Northwest law firms litigating a variety of issues. While in law school, Bree completed an externship for the Honorable Charles W. Johnson of the Washington State Supreme Court.


  • Lawyers for Civil Justice, Outstanding Contributor, 2016
  • CALI Award - Civil Procedure (2000)

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington
    • FBA Local Rules Committee
  • Women in e-Discovery
    • Seattle Chapter Director, 2017-2018
  • Moot Court and Legal Writing Judge, Seattle University School of Law
  • Secretary, Washington Coalition to End the Death Penalty, 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • “E-DiscoveryLaw.com Editor Reviews Top Case Law Trends & Court Opinions from 2017” (e-Discovery Day 2017), Exterro Inc., December 2017
  • “Discovering e-Discovery” (One day program) Co-Chair and Speaker, King County Bar Association and K&L Gates, March 16, 2017
  • “The Latest e-Discovery Precautions, Risks, and Advice,” National Business Institute, December 2016
  • “The State of Our State: e-Discovery in Washington,” Women in e-Discovery, Seattle Chapter, January 13, 2016
  • “It’s Electrifying! An Overview of Important Issues & Hot Topics in e-Discovery,” (One day program) Co-Chair and Speaker, King County Bar Association and K&L Gates, November 13, 2015
    • “Rules Rules Rules: An Update on State and Federal Rulemaking,” Panelist
  • “Federal Rule Changes Affecting e-Discovery Are Here - What are the Implications?,” K&L Gates LLP, December 2015
  • “2015 Civil Rules Amendments Boot Camp,” Panelist, Lawyers for Civil Justice, October 7, 2015
  • “Discovery of Social Media: Legal and Practical Considerations,” K&L Gates LLP, July 16, 2015
  • “The Intersection of Information Governance and Litigation,” Columbia Basin Chapter, ARMA International, May 21, 2015
  • “E-Discovery Strategies: Preparing for New FRCP Amendments on Proportionality and Managing ESI,” Panelist, Strafford Publications, Inc., April 14, 2015
  • “Changing Obligations: Proposed Amendments to the Civil Rules,” Women in e-Discovery, Seattle Chapter, December 10, 2014
  • “Mastering E-Discovery, Litigation Holds & Metadata,” Panelist, The Rossdale Group, March 6, 2014
  • “Changing Obligations in Electronic Discovery: Amendments to the Rules of Procedure,” K&L Gates LLP, October 10, 2013
  • “Update on e-Discovery Case Law and Rules,” Women in e-Discovery, Seattle Chapter, July 11, 2012
  • “Preservation of Discoverable Information,” University of Washington Professional & Continuing Education, Certificate Course in e-Discovery, April 12, 2012
  • “The Judicial Perspective: Mock Arguments,” King County Bar Association, E-discovery for Fun and Profit: Federal Law, Washington Law, and Practical Considerations, December 9, 2011
  • “Preservation of Discoverable Information: What Does the Case Law Say?,” University of Washington Professional & Continuing Education, Certificate Course in Electronic Discovery Management, April 15, 2010