Kelly Dove's practice is focused on commercial litigation and appellate law, where she has been counsel to companies and individuals in hundreds of 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.)
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 Bar Association
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)
Commission on Nevada Rules of Appellate Procedure
"Traps for Appellate Out-of-Towners: Differences Among Neighboring State Appellate Practices (West Coast Edition)," Panelist, American Bar Association Judicial Division Council of Appellate Lawyers (March 30, 2023)