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Toyja E. Kelley

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Locke Lord LLP
701 8th St NW Ste 700
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 220-6939
Member Bio
Mr. Kelley currently serves as DRI President and has been a member of DRI's national board of directors. Prior to that, he served for two years as chair of DRI's Diversity Committee, and has organized the DRI’s Diversity For Success Seminar and Corporate Expo for the past six years.

He represents large public corporations and medium-sized businesses in complex commercial disputes. He concentrates in general commercial litigation, construction litigation, professional and product liability, business torts, and insurance coverage for clients in numerous industry, including: manufacturing, retail, real estate, and automotive. He has trial experience in the state and federal courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Mr. Kelley serves the legal professional in a variety of capacities. In addition to his service to DRI, he is also president of the board of directors of the Maryland Defense Counsel, Inc.

Since 2009, Mr. Kelley has been named by Maryland Super Lawyers magazine as a leader for his business litigation practice.

Community Service
Mr. Kelley has played a lead role in organizing events for the Just The Beginning Foundation (JTBF), a national non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting greater diversity in the field of law. He was a member of the JTBF Conference Executive Planning Committee on behalf of the State of Maryland, and in this capacity helped organize its eighth biennial conference, which took place in Washington in 2008.

Mr. Kelley regularly represents clients on a pro bono basis. He recently served as co-counsel with Legal Aid in a large case arising from the City of Baltimore’s plans to raze low-income housing in West Baltimore to make room for a multi-billion dollar development. On behalf of the residents, Mr. Kelley and co-counsel sued the city in federal court, alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act; the claims were resolved favorably for the plaintiffs.

Mr. Kelley has also worked to combat inner-city poverty by encouraging entrepreneurship among young people. He has served on an advisory board of the Sylvan Beach Foundation, a nonprofit that teaches at-risk youth business strategy and entrepreneurial skills, with the goal that each participant in the foundation’s program will establish a business. In particular, Mr. Kelley advised Taharka Brothers Ice Cream, a successful Sylvan Beach venture run by Baltimore youth.

After graduating from William and Mary Law School, Mr. Kelley served as judicial law clerk to The Honorable Andrew Sonner of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.
Firm Information
Clients of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP receive full-service representation at multiple levels of reach and focus, a combination that provides a strong advantage in legal challenges.

On the macro level, our attorneys exert national influence on sophisticated matters. Simultaneously, we value and leverage the power of micro connections made locally across our 17 offices.

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s practical balance of reach and local autonomy protects clients with the clout of megafirms and all the service hallmarks of a small boutique.

The commitment we make to clients, which include recognizable names in corporate America, start-ups, closely held and privately held companies, nonprofits, government and educational entities, is perceptible at each juncture of representation. Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s client services are wholly integrated into our representation.

A formal client feedback program fosters productive personal relationships, face-to-face meetings and open communication. Clients have consistently rated us as highly responsive.

Clients seeking greater budget predictability can look to our Cost Certainty CommitmentSM. (CCC). This tailored fee arrangement extends the value of our efficient staffing by offering blended rates, flat fees, success fees and other fixed-fee options.

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s 17 offices are located in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

In each jurisdiction, our attorneys’ deep-rooted experience with local, state and federal judges and courts leads to a productive familiarity with prevailing personalities, preferences and practices.

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr is a diverse law firm of attorneys who are active leaders and authorities in their fields of practice. We participate in a range of industry associations in order to track legal trends and laws and educate ourselves and others on areas of the law in the pursuit of favorable client outcomes.

Our attorneys are proactive. Designated research teams gather and analyze relevant news, legislation and reports to keep clients abreast of emerging issues. We sponsor CLE seminars and attend industry conferences to connect with key decision makers in our clients’ industries and to provide clients with competitive legal and business insights.

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Insurance Law
Products Liability
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