Kelly Noyes is a Shareholder in the Litigation and Risk Management Practice Group and co-Chair of the Class Actions Section. Kelly represents businesses, banks, hospitals and health care systems in a variety of litigation matters including contract disputes, business torts, non-compete agreements, insurance coverage, ERISA, environmental disputes, collections, appellate work, and toxic torts. Kelly represents clients in both state and federal court, and has litigated appeals before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, as well as the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Kelly is a Wisconsin Rising Stars honoree (2012-2020) and she was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in the field of Insurance Law.
Kelly’s experience includes:
- Obtaining dismissal of a class-action lawsuit against a health insurer alleging ERISA and state law claims, and successfully defending that dismissal before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Managing discovery, including extensive electronic discovery, in a complex contract dispute for an international client and marshaling the discovery to obtain a favorable settlement prior to trial.
- Drafting extensive summary judgment materials and obtaining summary judgment for health care clients in a multi-million dollar contract dispute.
- Assisting business clients in obtaining insurance coverage and litigating coverage issues on behalf of insurers and insureds.
- Drafting pre-trial motions, including detailed motions to exclude expert testimony, in toxic tort matters.
- Successfully defending dismissal of a toxic tort claim before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.
- Advising clients regarding large and small account collections, including drafting policies related to protection of personal health information under HIPAA and Wisconsin privacy laws.
- Working with local counsel in four states to manage a toxic tort litigation program.
During law school, Kelly was a Note and Comment Editor for the Wisconsin Law Review. Her Comment, “Get Cash Until Payday! The Payday-Loan Problem in Wisconsin,” was published in the 2006 Volume of the Wisconsin Law Review. She also participated in internships with the Wisconsin Department of Justice Civil Litigation Unit, the Consumer Law Litigation Clinic, and Judge John Coffey of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Kelly is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Bar Association and the Association for Women Lawyers. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Kelly is a member of the Board of Directors of the Milwaukee Ballet, an active volunteer with the Elmbrook Humane Society and fundraiser for brain tumor research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She previously served on the Board of the Economic Justice Institute (EJI) of the University of Wisconsin Law School’s civil, anti-poverty clinical programs which include the Consumer Law Clinic, the Family Court Assistance Project, the Neighborhood Law Project and Foreclosure Mediation Clinic. Kelly is a member and former Director of Association for Women Lawyers and enjoys mentoring law students and young lawyers.