Kelly Kolb bio

(from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney web site)

How Kelly Helps Clients

Kelly has defended employers against employment claims for more than 25 years. His experience includes cases in state and federal courts and before administrative bodies and arbitration panels in Texas and Florida. He has successfully defended discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, ADA access and FMLA cases as well as individual and nationwide collective FLSA overtime lawsuits.

Kelly draws on his litigation experience to advise management on best practices and claims avoidance and to oversee internal investigations. He serves public sector clients and clients in a range of industries, including construction, education, marine, health care, transportation, aerospace and electronics.

I enjoy the challenges of problem cases, and the rewards of putting them back on the tracks to facilitate a quick resolution.

He has represented insurers in coverage and bad faith litigation, and has significant experience issuing coverage opinions and reservation of rights letters in the context of E&O, D&O, CGL, Maritime, Commercial Vehicle and Excess/Umbrella policies. Kelly is a frequent author, contributor and lecturer on employment issues for publications and audiences across the country.

What Clients Can Expect

Kelly is an attentive and responsive advocate who learns his client’s business and what matters most. Within that context, he applies experience and insight to present all available options for resolution. Then, he works toward achieving the desired result.

Outside the Office

When he’s not in the office, Kelly enjoys time with his wife and their three daughters. He also likes time on the water, for some quiet kayaking, fishing or an exhilarating sailboat race.

Proof Points

  • AV® Preeminent distinction, Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Florida Super Lawyers list (2014, 2015, 2017)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2017 and 2018) list, Employment Law – Management and Litigation – Labor and Employment category.  





Washington University School of Law, J.D., 1986

Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1983


  • Florida
  • Texas
  • S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • S. District Court for the Western District of Texas


The Florida Bar: Labor & Employment and Trial Lawyer Sections 

Broward County Bar Association 

Human Resources Association of Broward County

State Bar of Texas: Employment and Litigation Section

College of the State Bar of Texas 

Dallas Bar Foundation: Fellow 

Dallas Bar Association: Employment Section

Federal Bar Association 

Society for Human Resource Management 

Vanderbilt University Admissions Interviewer

Civic & Charitable

Broward Habitat for Humanity, Vice Chairman of the Board (2017-present); Executive Committee Member (2015-present); regular volunteer (2012-present)

Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Business First Chair (2016-present); Board of Directors, Business First Committee (2013-present)

Dallas Habitat For Humanity, Dallas Bar Association Habitat Home Project Co-Chair (2000-2001); regular volunteer (1992-2009)