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Kelly H. Dove

Kelly H. Dove

Partner| Las Vegas


Kelly Dove's practice is focused on commercial litigation and appellate law, where she has been counsel to companies and individuals in more than 100 state and federal appeals and writ proceedings.  She has argued before the Nevada Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Ninth Circuits.

Kelly has significant experience in financial services litigation, defending lenders in disputes involving a variety of common law claims, such as fraud, breach of contract, and wrongful foreclosure as well as claims based on consumer protection statutes, including the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA).  Kelly’s appellate experience also includes business torts, products liability, arbitration, and bankruptcy. 

Kelly has an active pro bono practice, and had the privilege of serving as part of the legal team with Lambda Legal and O’Melveny & Myers, LLP, as counsel for the Plaintiff couples in Nevada’s marriage equality case, Sevcik v. Sandoval.  That case resulted in the Ninth Circuit’s declaring marriage bans unconstitutional and ordering the entry of a permanent injunction to protect marriage equality in October 2014.

Kelly has authored an article and provided commentary for a variety of publications on the topics of appellate law, appellate rules of procedure, and Nevada’s new Court of Appeals ranging from the Las Vegas Business Press to Business Voice, a publication of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to joining Snell & Wilmer, Kelly clerked for Judge Jay S. Bybee of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Philip M. Pro of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.

  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law (J.D., 2007)
    • Ranked first in class
    • 12 CALI Awards
    • Editor-in-Chief, Nevada Law Journal
    • James E. Rogers Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award
    • Society of Advocates
  • Rice University (M.A., Philosophy, concentration in Ethics, 2002)
  • Randolph-Macon Woman's College (B.A., Philosophy; B.A., English Literature, Minor in Mathematics, cum laude, 1997)
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Presidential Merit Scholarship
  • American Inns of Court, Howard D. McKibben Chapter (2015-present)
  • Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics and Election Practices (2015-present)
  • Nevada State Bar, Appellate Litigation Section (2013-present)
    • Pro Bono Committee (2013-present), Co-Chair (2015-present)
  • 40 Under 40 Award, Vegas Inc. (2016)
  • Distinguished Service Alumni Award, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law (2015)
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers®, Rising Stars Edition, Civil Litigation: Defense (2014-2015), Appellate (2016-2017)
  • Legal Elite - Top Southern Nevada Attorneys, Nevada Business Magazine (2016)
  • Pro Bono Award, Snell & Wilmer (2014)
  • Honor Roll, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada (2014)
  • 50 Hours Club, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada (2014)
  • 100 Hours Club, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada (2011)
  • Boyd School of Law, Alumni Association Board of Directors (2017- present)
    • Voting Member
    • Chair, Communications and Social Media Committee
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Judicial Clerk to Hon. Jay S. Bybee (2008-2009)
  • United States District Court, District of Nevada, Judicial Clerk to Hon. Philip M. Pro (2007-2008)
  • Snell & Wilmer, Summer Associate, Las Vegas, NV (2006)
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Supreme Court of Nevada
  • Supreme Court of Oregon
  • United States District Court, District of Nevada
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit