Dickstein Shapiro has added a second partner in as many weeks to its state attorneys general practice.
JB Kelly was formerly the general counsel to the North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper before joining Dickstein. Kelly served in this role since 2001 and oversaw litigation involving mortgage foreclosure and tobacco.
Last week, Lori Kalani made a lateral move to Dickstein as a partner in the same practice from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.
"JB is one of the most respected AG General Counsels in the country," Bernie Nash, head of the state AG practice, said in a written statement. "He has built deep and trusting relationships with AG offices across the country, and has worked on major AG investigations and settlements over the past dozen years; our clients will benefit from JB's brilliant big picture, strategic thinking."
In an interview, Kelly said that he worked on three main areas during his time with the attorney general's office – law enforcement, the environment and consumer issues. He was part of the Duke lacrosse investigation where three players were falsely accused of raping another student.
On the environmental front, Kelly worked on the Clean Smokestacks Act legislation and helped opposing sides reach an accord. "It was done in the way that I like to practice law and policy - it was a cooperative effort," Kelly said.