NAAG Roles

Faculty, Center for Legal Advocacy and Faculty Development

Neil F.X. Kelly is an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division of the Vermont Attorney General’s Office. He previously served with the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office with six Attorneys General for nearly 30 years until his retirement in October 2021. Neil has extensive civil and criminal trial and appellate experience dealing with a broad range of complex litigation in Rhode Island State court and civil cases in Federal courts through to the Supreme Court of the United States. He has litigated a number of significant high profile cases on behalf of the state of Rhode Island, several with national implications over the last two decades. Neil is a former prosecutor in the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Criminal Division and served as an Assistant Attorney General and as a Deputy Chief of the Civil Division. He also managed cases where outside counsel was retained to vindicate claims involving childhood lead poisoning, dinking water contamination, the harm from prescription opioids and climate change. He was lead counsel litigating the cases against the manufactures and distributors of prescription opioids that resulted in settlements estimated to be over $270 million for Rhode Island. He has also taught at Providence College for 26 years.