Neil F.X. Kelly is a Deputy Chief with the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General in the Civil Division’s Government Litigation Unit. He began his career as a police officer with the Narragansett Police Department before joining the Department of Attorney General. He has served with five Attorneys General first as an investigator, as a prosecutor in the Criminal Division, and as a lawyer in the Civil Division. He has extensive criminal and civil trial and appellate experience litigating complex cases in state and federal court through to a case decided by the Supreme Court of the United States. Neil prosecuted a wide range of criminal cases from white collar offenses to murder. In the last two decades, he has litigated many of the higher profile civil cases in Rhode Island some with national implications.
Neil also developed the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General’s Continuing Legal Education program. He has presented on topics ranging from ethics, representation of the state, depositions, document production and electronic discovery, and expert evidence, to negotiations and trial practice. He has taught at Providence College for the last twenty years on courses involving civil litigation, criminology, criminal law, the history of Constitutional law, and political science. In addition, Neil has also presented on negotiations and trial practice with the National Association of Attorney General’s Training and Research Program.
Neil was recognized by Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly as a Lawyer of the Year for his work on a number of cases, and by the national Trial Lawyers for Public Justice as a Finalists for Trial Lawyer of the Year. He was a member of the board of Rhode Island KID’S COUNT, a children’s policy and advocacy organization, and is currently a member of the Ocean Tides board of trustees, a program for youth in the juvenile justice system.