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Kelly E. Wright- Partner

Kelly E. Wright

Kelly joined Devitt Spellman Barrett following her graduation from St. John’s Law School in 2004. At Devitt Spellman Barrett, Kelly has been involved in all areas of the practice, including the firm’s complex state and federal civil rights and land use cases, including cases brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983, Title VII, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the New York State Human Rights Law. Kelly frequently appears in federal court and handles all aspects of this litigation, from inception through trial, including preparing pleadings, drafting discovery demands and responses, conducting depositions and public hearings, and preparing dispositive motions.

Kelly is also heavily involved with the firm’s premises and school district liability caseload, in connection with which she practices in all state courts on Long Island and New York City. She handles all aspects of this litigation, has conducted countless municipal hearings and depositions and authored numerous successful motions.

Areas of Practice:

  • Insurance Defense
  • Municipal Liability
  • School District Liability
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Employment Discrimination Defense
  • Civil Rights Defense
  • Complex Litigation
  • Appeals

100% of practice devoted to litigation


  • St. John’s University School of Law, J.D., 2004
  • St. John’s University, B.A. English, 2002, Summa Cum Laude

Bar Admission:

Admitted to New York State Bar January 2005; United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2006; United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2009; United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals, 2009.

Representative Cases:

  • Palagonia v. Sachem CSD, 2012 WL 1391917 (E.D.N.Y. 2012)

  • O'Connor v. Huntington U.F.S.D., 87 A.D.3d 571, 929 N.Y.S.2d 743, 744 (2d Dep’t 2011)

  • Jenn-Ching Luo v. Baldwin Union Free Sch. Dist., No. 10-CV-1985 JS AKT, 2012 WL 728173 (E.D.N.Y. Mar. 5, 2012) aff'd, 556 F. App'x 1 (2d Cir. 2013)

  • DeFabio v. E. Hampton Union Free Sch. Dist., 658 F. Supp. 2d 461 (E.D.N.Y. 2009) aff'd, 623 F.3d 71 (2d Cir. 2010)

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