Kelly Welchans represents clients in complex litigation in state and federal court. She has experience in all stages of litigation from case initiation through appeals, including civil jury trial experience. She has represented clients in a broad range of complex litigation, but her practice focuses on environmental, antitrust, consumer protection, and unfair competition cases. In 2012 and 2013, Ms. Welchans was seconded as a special prosecutor at the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, where she first-chaired six jury trials to verdict. Ms. Welchans also maintains an active pro bono practice.
Ms. Welchans graduated Order of the Coif from the University of California, Davis School of Law, where she was co-editor-in-chief of Environs Environmental Law & Policy Journal. Prior to joining Arnold & Porter, Ms. Welchans served as an extern at the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California and the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office. She earned her BS in general biology from the University of California, San Diego. Before attending law school, she was employed at a start-up biotechnology company that produced antibodies and other research reagents for immunological research.
Litigation Representative Matters
- Global energy corporation, in national MDL and California federal and state court proceedings relating to the gasoline additive methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE).
- Global energy corporation, in litigation with the California Attorney General alleging violations of California's hazardous waste and underground storage tank laws and regulations.
- Global energy corporation, in mass actions filed by its gas station and convenience store franchisees asserting contract, unfair competition, and antitrust claims arising from point-of-sale and back-office accounting system, wholesale gasoline pricing, and selection of third-party vendors.
- National television network, in an antitrust suit brought by a putative nationwide class of cable and satellite TV subscribers for allegedly unlawful bundling of "tiers" of channels.
- Leading internet domain name registry operator, in antitrust litigation arising out of the registry operator's entry into a new agreement for operation of the registry.
- HIV-positive patient, in trial and appellate litigation asserting claims against an anesthesiologist and hospital for violations of California’s Unruh Act.