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Mary “Molly” Hurley Kellett



Molly Kellett is an experienced litigator focusing on complex commercial cases and employment law. She approaches each matter with an eye toward maximizing efficiency, providing expedient solutions that protect clients from exposure and help them achieve their business goals.

A significant portion of Molly’s practice is devoted to representing contractors and developers in commercial disputes and construction law matters nationally. This work includes litigating contract disputes with owners, suppliers, and subcontractors, bid protests, and the defense of claims alleging defective or improper design and delay or disruption.

In her employment practice, Molly defends public and private employers and management in federal and state courts and ADR forums. She handles discrimination claims brought on the basis of gender, age, disability, or national origin; alleged equal pay and wage and hour violations; and retaliation and wrongful termination claims. Molly also conducts confidential internal investigations and negotiates and enforces employment contracts, including post-termination agreements and other restrictive covenants.

Molly has extensive experience managing eDiscovery issues and employs cutting-edge technology for information and data retention, preservation, collection, review and production. She guides clients through these processes before and during litigation and handles eDiscovery negotiations, conferences and disputes.

Molly is part of the next generation of leaders at Connell Foley LLP, where she is a member of the Hiring Committee and a mentor to up-and-coming associates. Beyond the practice of law, Molly is civic-minded and an active member of her community. During law school, she clerked in the Seton Hall Law Civil Litigation Clinic and interned for Essex Newark Legal Services. Today, she chairs the Township of Cranford Planning Board and serves on the board of the Cranford Newcomers’ Club. Molly also supports the local social outreach efforts of the St. Joseph Social Service Center and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation in its mission to raise funds and awareness nationwide.


Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Chair, Township of Cranford Planning Board
  • American Bar Association
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma

News & Insights

Blog Posts


Best Lawyers in America (2022-2024)

  • Litigation - Construction

Forty under 40NJBIZ (2021

"New Leaders of the Bar," New Jersey Law Journal (2020)

New Jersey Super Lawyers - Rising Stars (2016-2021)

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  • Heidi Willis Currier, J.S.C., Law Division-Civil Part in the Middlesex Vicinage


Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., Member, Seton Hall Law Circuit Review)

Tulane University (B.S.M., Legal Studies of Business & Marketing, cum laude)


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