Matthew E. Kelley


540-725-3364 (D)
540-772-9167 (F)

Matthew Kelley’s practice is in civil litigation and counseling.  His practice includes medical malpractice defense, products liability, copyrights, trademarks, and other civil litigation.  He has successfully tried numerous cases and his work was included in the Medical Law Report’s 2016 Million Dollar Defense Issue. He was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star for medical malpractice defense.

Matthew uses his scientific training and experience to tackle complex medical malpractice and intellectual property cases.  His clients benefit from his prior experience as a cancer researcher in the Department of Pathology at the University of Virginia Health Sciences system, his advanced training in biotechnology, and his practical experience developing and protecting intellectual property related to new pharmaceutical compounds, medical devices, and biotechnological therapeutics.

In 2016, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys. He is also a past chair of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys Medical Malpractice Committee.

During his career, Matthew has represented a variety of clients including: insurance companies, medical device companies, pharmaceutical companies, major universities, start-up businesses, and individuals.


  • Johns Hopkins University (M.S. Biotechnology)
  • George Mason University School of Law (J.D.)
    • George Mason University Law Review, Associate Editor
    • George Mason University Writing Fellow
  • University of Virginia (B.A. Biology)

Areas of Practice:

  • Medical Malpractice and Healthcare Law
  • Virginia Board of Medicine Investigations
  • Hospital Credentialing Disputes
  • Products Liability/Dangerous/Defective Products
  • Intellectual Property Litigation and Counseling

Bar Admissions:

  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia


  • Matthew E. Kelley and Katie M. DeCoster, “Reviving the Illegality Defense for Opioid Overdose Lawsuits”, Journal of Civil Litigation (Fall 2017).
  • Steven R. Ludwig and Matthew E. Kelley, “Patent Life Cycle Management: Patenting Improvements After KSR Int’l v. Teleflex”, BioProcess International Vol. 5, No. 8: p 92, September 2007.
  • Steven R. Ludwig and Matthew E. Kelley, “Patent-centric Biotech Business Model Threatened by Court Rulings”, Baltimore Business Journal, February 2007.
  • Eric K. Steffe and Matthew E. Kelley, “Intersection Between Biodefense and Patent Law: Federal Research Grants”, Project Bioshield, and 28 USC § 1498(a), Biotechnology Law Reporter, June 2005.

Professional Honors, Affiliations & Activities:


  • Member – Virginia Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Directors – Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys


  • Member – Roanoke Bar Association
  • Barrister – The Ted Dalton American Inn of Court