Kelley Chandler is an associate in the intellectual property group at Ropes & Gray’s Washington, D.C. office. Kelley’s practice focuses on the intersection of law, business and emerging technologies, including intellectual property, venture capital, and blockchain and cryptocurrency.
Her experience involves intellectual property and data privacy diligence assessments for M&A deals, royalty financing transactions, venture capital financing, advising clients on commercial contracts related to blockchain and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), evaluating the legal implications of emerging technologies and digital assets, and providing support on patent and trade secret litigations.
While working at the firm, Kelley has co-authored articles about the opportunities and legal considerations of Web3, as well as the legal implications of decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs). She has also participated in external presentations on the legal and business issues associated with blockchain and cryptocurrency.
Kelley maintains an active pro bono practice, including working with the Innocence Project, assisting clients with trademark prosecution, advising clients on contract negotiations and disputes, assisting with veterans discharge upgrade matters, and representing clients in family law matters.
Kelley received her law degree from Cornell Law School, where she represented startup clients in Cornell’s Entrepreneurship Law Clinic, conducted diligence as an associate with Cornell’s early-stage venture capital fund, served as an Executive Editor on the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, and was a member of the Cornell Law Moot Court Board. Kelley also won awards best brief in Cornell’s Cuccia Cup moot court competition and for best buyer’s counsel in Cornell’s Transactional Lawyering competition.
Prior to law school, Kelley attended Villanova University, where she earned a B.S. in Biology, with a second major in Humanities Classical Studies.
- Co-author, "Privacy, Cybersecurity, and Consumer Protection Are Set To Be Key Focus Areas For Regulators As Web3 Innovation Continues," RopesDataPhiles (October 31, 2022)
- Co-author, “The Limits of Howey: What the SEC May Be Signaling Through its Approach to NFTs and F-NFTs,” Legaltech News and Law.com (November 28, 2022)
- Co-author, “Legal Implications of Decentralized Autonomous Organizations,” Bloomberg Law (April 14, 2022)
- Co-author, “Opportunities And Legal Implications In The Metaverse,” Law360 (January 7, 2022)
- Co-author, “FTC Signals Increased Focus on Privacy and Data Misuse,” RopesDataPhiles (December 28, 2021)
- JD, magna cum laude, Cornell Law School, 2020; Order of the Coif
- BS (Biology), cum laude, Villanova University, 2015
Admissions / Qualifications
- District of Columbia, 2021