Joe Kelly, Partner - A&L Goodbody

Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly is a Partner in the Firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. He has developed a strong litigation practice in the Commercial Court and leads the Specialist Corporate Criminal Offences group.


In his approach to resolving disputes Joe deploys a variety of dispute resolution methods, including litigation in the Commercial Court, mediation, arbitration and expert determination. Joe has developed an extensive white collar practice over the past 16 years and has advised and advises/represents clients caught up in regulatory investigations and/or prosecutions brought in the criminal courts. Joe is a lead adviser to financial institutions caught up in the Central Bank investigation into tracker mortgages and has been to the forefront of developing strategic responses on related issues including redress schemes and adjudicative processes in relation to same.

Joe's court background, and contacts in the leisure industry, have also seen him develop a boutique practice with Máire Conneely in the Firm’s Leisure and Gaming Groups. With John Cahir, Joe heads up the Firm's Gaming and Betting Group and is the only Irish member of the International Masters of Gaming Law, one of the leading international organisations in this sector.

Market Recommendations

  • "International Thought Leader in Sports & Entertainment." (Who's Who Legal 2018)
  • "He is pragmatic, collegiate and a good guy." (Chambers Global 2017)
  • "Very hands-on and accessible. He appreciates the bigger picture and is practical and clear-cut in his advice." (Chambers Global 2016)
  • "An excellent technical lawyer." (Legal 500 2015)
  • "Thorough knowledge of the law and really cuts to the chase, giving clear advice, including his own opinion. He retains a high level of respect, and is widely recognised for his mediation work." (Chambers Global 2015)


  • LLM, University College Dublin, 1994
  • Dip. EU Law, University College Dublin, 1992
  • LLB, NUI Galway, 1987
  • BA, NUI Galway, 1984
  • CEDR qualified mediator, 2003
  • Qualified Arbitrator, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 1998
  • Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland, 1992

Professional activities

He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Irish Branch, and is a practising Arbitrator. He is a founder member of the Irish Commercial Mediation Association and is a practising Mediator, having been involved in approximately 40 Mediations to date. Joe is a former chairman of the Law Society's Arbitration and Mediation Committee and a former member of the Law Society Criminal Law Committee. He is also on the Law Society of Ireland Panel of Mediators. 

Joe Kelly

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An excellent technical lawyer

(Legal 500 2015)