M. Kelly Tillery is a nationally known intellectual property litigator who has protected business trademarks and copyrights around the world. In more than 40 years of experience, he has served clients from industries such as entertainment, software and technology and manufacturers. He helps clients by securing (and defending against) injunctions and seizure orders to protect the intellectual property rights of individuals and businesses.
Kelly comes to Saxton & Stump after working as a partner for nearly 20 years in the Philadelphia office of Troutman Pepper, one of the largest law firms in the United States. He came to Troutman Pepper after co-founding his own firm in 1982 – just three years after his graduation from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law – and working in the intellectual property and e-commerce areas.
A prolific and sought-after speaker and author, Kelly’s 2018 Sidebar: Reflections of a Philadelphia Lawyer, earned a 2020 sequel, Sidebar, Too: More Reflections of a Philadelphia Lawyer. The books are a collection of essays from Kelly about life, law and politics. He’s been consistently recognized by peer-reviewed, attorney-ranking services such as “Best Lawyers in America” and “Super Lawyers,” reaching the distinction of “Lawyer of the Year” in the Philadelphia region for Litigation – Intellectual Property on the 2023 Best Lawyers list. He is also recognized in the prestigious Chambers list, which is based on client interviews and reviews.
Tillery is a frequent speaker and author teaching other lawyer the intricacies of intellectual property litigation and protection. He is also a Lincoln scholar who often writes and speaks about the life and career of the Great Emancipator.