“My business background cemented the importance of teamwork and learning from perspectives other than the law. This allows me to better understand my clients and their issues, specifically looking at each decision as a business decision rather than simply a legal strategy. I look at things from every angle in order to work with the client to best meet their needs.”
Having obtained a joint J.D. and M.B.A. from Chapman University, Kelly brings a fresh perspective to the practice of law through her understanding of the business aspects of construction law. This background gives Kelly a practical understanding of crucial business considerations of her clients’ litigation decisions.
Kelly utilizes her experiences to develop unique solutions to corporate legal issues facing her clients, understanding that there are no one size fits all solutions for every business. Kelly achieves the clients’ desired results though learning the particular needs of each business and drafting documents to fit those particular needs.
Kelly specializes in meeting the transactional legal needs of our clients, providing counsel and advice on a broad range of issues facing businesses on a daily basis, including entity selection, employment, regulatory matters, corporate governance and commercial transactions. Kelly works closely with clients to learn and understand their needs and goals on a transaction-to-transaction basis, whether a shareholder agreement, lease, employment agreement or the documents required for the sale or purchase of a business. Kelly recognizes not every client is the same and the importance of understanding the intent and motivation for entering a particular transaction in order to structure a deal accordingly.
Prior to joining Lanak & Hanna as an associate, Kelly worked at the firm as a law clerk, developing a broad understanding of the underlying issues in construction cases.
Business / Corporate Law
B.A., University of California San Diego, cum laude, 2008
J.D., Chapman University School of Law, 2012
M.B.A., Argyros School of Business & Economics, Chapman University, 2012
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
Orange County Bar Association
National Association of Women in Construction, Orange County Chapter