Keli Whitlock


  • Keli Whitlock
  • Phone: +1 713 402 3914
    Fax: +1 410 949 2952

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    100 International Drive, Suite 700
    Baltimore, MD 21202-5184

Keli Whitlock represents clients in connection with corporate and securities transactions, focusing on venture capital, public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions and the representation of emerging growth and middle market companies.

Ms. Whitlock represents a number of leading venture capital firms and angel investors.

In 2005, Ms. Whitlock was named one of the "40 Under 40" outstanding business leaders in Baltimore by the Baltimore Business Journal.

Ms. Whitlock is a 1997 graduate, with honors, of the University of Maryland School of Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif, and a graduate, with honors, of Goucher College.

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate Law
  • Securities Law
  • Venture Capital/Private Equity
  • Mergers and Acquisitions

Representative Matters

    Representative Venture Capital and Private Equity Firms

  • ABS Capital Partners
  • Anthem Capital
  • Boulder Ventures
  • Core Capital Partners
  • Grotech Partners
  • JMI Equity Partners
  • Novak Biddle Venture Partners
  • Sterling Partners
  • Samuel James, Ltd.
  • Representative Companies

  • Active Day, Inc.
  • Fidelity Engineering Corporation
  • Infinity Business Group
  • Pay Rent, Build Credit
  • Silverthorn Biodiesel
  • Wayfarer Nurseries
  • Zylaya Corporation
  • Pro Bono Work

  • Dayspring Programs, Inc.
  • Campaign for our Children, Inc.
  • Biodiesel University
  • Representative Transactions

  • Represented growth capital investor Lone Pine Capital in its $292 million secondary fundraising for the UK-based cross-border money transfer service TransferWise Ltd., reaching a $3.5 billion market cap and making TransferWise Europe’s most valuable FinTech start-up.
  • Represented a Virginia IT staffing and consulting company in connection with a two-step transaction involving a corporate restructuring in which the company contributed substantial amounts of its assets and liabilities to a Delaware limited liability company, which simultaneously sold its preferred units to a third party investor for $20 million.
  • Represented investors in connection with the private placement of $500 million of preference shares in Michael Kors Holdings Limited with institutional investors.
  • Represented an investment adviser in a complex financing of Groupon. Closed on $500 million of a $950 million offering of new series G preferred stock.
  • Purchase of Housecall Medical Services by Allied Capital Corporation.
  • Sale of Housecall Medical Resources, Inc. to Amedisys, Inc.
  • Purchase by Active Day, Inc. of the Adult Day Care division of Almost Family, Inc.
  • Sale of $35 million of preferred stock by NexTone Communications, Inc.


  • Maryland


  • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1997
    Order of the Coif
  • Goucher College, B.A., with distinction, 1993
    - honors in English Literature


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2006-present
  • DLA Piper US LLP
    - 1998-2006

Professional Activities

  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
    - Business Law Section
  • Mid-Atlantic Venture Association
  • Greater Baltimore Technology Council
  • Chesapeake Innovation Center
  • Early Stage East

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2021 and 2022
  • Listed in Smart CEO's Leading Lawyers, 2011
  • Campaign for Our Children
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

Board Memberships

  • Dayspring Programs, Inc.
  • Biodiesel University
    - Advisory Board Member

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, "From Formation to Funding: What Keeps Entrepreneurs Up At Night," University of Florida's Innovation Hub, January 26, 2012
  • Featured on American Public Radio Marketplace report, "Companies Raise Money at a Blistering Pace", April 12, 2011