Keli M. Neary continues her career with the Office of Attorney General as Executive Deputy Attorney General for the Civil Law Division, a role in which she has served since 2019. Keli joined the office in 2012 and has climbed the ranks as Deputy Attorney General, Senior Deputy Attorney General, and Chief of the Civil Litigation Section into her current position.
Keli oversees the work of more than 120 attorneys and support staff in the Civil Law Division’s eight sections, all committed to defending the constitutionality of state statutes, representing Commonwealth agencies and employees in civil actions, collecting delinquent taxes and other debts owed to the Commonwealth, and reviewing state contracts and regulations for legality.
Keli’s work and leadership has been impactful in many high-profile matters of significant importance. She has worked to defend the integrity of Pennsylvania elections – the foundation of our freedom and liberty – and protected families and communities by defending laws that prevent access and distribution of ghost guns. As an OAG trial attorney, she worked on numerous injunctions and other complex litigation matters, representing nearly every agency and office of the Commonwealth.
Keli is a 2003 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh (Johnstown) and a 2006 graduate of Widener University Commonwealth Law School. She is active in many organizations within the Harrisburg legal community, including serving as the vice president of the James S. Bowman American Inn of Court and the president-elect of the Middle District Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and is a member of the Widener Law Commonwealth Dean’s advisory board.