Robert H. Kelley practices in the area of real estate law. Mr. Kelley advises clients on transactional real estate, construction and commercial contract matters. Since 1985, he has represented clients who were acquiring, permitting, developing, financing, constructing and leasing retail, commercial, industrial and multi-family residential property.

Mr. Kelley is a 1984 cum laude graduate of Suffolk University Law School and a graduate of Tufts University. He is a Massachusetts Registered Professional Structural Engineer.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate Law
  • Construction Law


  • Massachusetts
  • Supreme Court of the United States


  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1984
  • Tufts University, B.S., Civil Engineering, 1970


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Of Counsel, 2016-present
  • Locke Lord LLP
    - Counsel, 2014-2016
  • Staples, Inc.
    - Senior Counsel and Real Estate Counsel, 2004-2013
  • Piper Rudnick LLC
    - Of Counsel and Senior Staff Attorney, 2003-2004
  • Hill & Barlow PC
    - Counsel and Staff Attorney, 2000-2003
  • Law Office of Robert H. Kelley
    - Principal, 1990-2000
  • Gonzaga University School of Law
    - Visiting Associate Professor, 1997-1998
  • Suffolk University Law School
    - Associate Professor, 1990-1997
  • Gaston & Snow
    - Associate, 1985-1990
  • Raymond Kaiser Engineers, Inc.
    - Principal Engineer and Associate Engineer, 1977-1985
  • Proctor & Gamble Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    - Plant Facilities Manager, Project Manager, 1974-1977
  • Western Electric Company, Inc.
    - Plan Engineer and Engineer, 1970-1974

Professional Activities

  • Massachusetts Registered Professional Structural Engineer
  • The Abstract Club
    - Member, 2002-present
  • Boston Bar Association
    - Education Committee, 2014-present
    - BBA Council, 2005-2008
    - Co-Chair, Real Estate Section, 2003-2005
    - Co-Chair, Real Estate Section Diversity Committee, 2001-2003
  • The Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts
    - Leasing Committee, 2014-present
    - Board of Directors, 2004-2008
    - Chair, Legislation Committee, 2004-2006
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • American Bar Association

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2004-2008
  • Recognized as Boston Bar Association "Member on the Move," 2002
  • The first faculty member at Gonzaga University School of Law to receive the Lewis H. Orland Teaching Award and the Professor of the Year Award during the same academic year (1998)

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Paul Cuffee Charter School, Providence, RI
    - Clerk and Executive Committee Member, Board of Trustees, 2013-present
    - Member, Board of Trustees, 2011-present

Selected Publications

  • Author, "REBA Opposes DOR Bill That Could Create Title Problems," REBA News, Vol. I, No. 2, Spring 2004
  • Author, "Impact of new Massachusetts Business Corporations Act on Real Estate Law: A Primer," REBA News, Vol. I, No. 1, Winter 2004
  • Author, "The Washington Civil Rights Initiative: The Need for a Meaningful Dialogue," 34 Gonzaga Law Review 81 (1999)
  • Author, "Any Reports of the Death of the Property Law Paradigm for Leases Have Been Greatly Exaggerated," 41 Wayne Law Review 1563 (1995)

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Recent & Pending Legislation: Summary & Highlights," REBA Annual Meeting, November 14, 2005
  • Speaker, "Recent & Pending Legislation: Summary & Highlights," REBA Spring Seminar, May 9, 2005
  • Moderator, "Lead Paint," CLE Seminar, Boston Bar Association, April 26, 2005.
  • Speaker, "Recent & Pending Legislation: Summary & Highlights," REBA Annual Meeting, November 15, 2004
  • Speaker, "Recent & Pending Legislation: Summary & Highlights," REBA Spring Seminar, May 10, 2004
  • Speaker, "Practical Problems with Implementing the Notary Public Executive Order," Boston Bar Association, April 7, 2004
  • Speaker, "The New Notary Public Guidelines," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, March 4, 2004
  • Speaker, "A Review of Estates in Land and Future Interests for Use by Law School Faculty," Gonzaga University Institute for Law School Teaching, 1997