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Elizabeth Kelly


Betsy Kelly focuses her practice on defending manufacturers, distributors, premises owners, and their insurers involved in product liability, toxic tort, environmental, and general liability litigation. She has experience in all stages of litigation from pleadings through appeals, including initial responses, factual investigations, discovery, development of product-line specific defenses and witnesses, motion practice, trial work-up, as well as post-trial motions and briefing. She is also experienced in advising and implementing strategy to assist clients with managing their risks arising in multi-jurisdictional, high-volume litigation.

During law school, Betsy served as a judicial extern for The Honorable Neil P. Olack, United States Bankruptcy Court for The Southern District of Mississippi. Prior to entering private practice, she served as a law clerk for The Honorable Jess H. Dickinson, Presiding Justice, Mississippi Supreme Court.



  • Mississippi College School of Law  (J.D., magna cum laude, 2012)
    • Executive Editor, Mississippi College Law Review
    • Chair, Mississippi College Moot Court Board
    • American Jurisprudence Award (highest grade) - Federal Taxation, Appellate Advocacy, Trial Practice
    • U.S. Magistrate Judge John Countiss III Memorial Award
    • Frisy Griffing Marble Scholarship
    • Dean Jim Rosenblatt Leadership Award
  • University of Mississippi  (B.F.A., 2008)

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi
  • New Jersey
  • New York


  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Cosmetic Chemists
  • DRI  
    • Marketing Committee, Asbestos Medicine Seminar (2016)
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law Section Member
    • 1st District Representative, Young Lawyers Section (2017-2018)
  • The Mississippi Bar
    • Director, Young Lawyers Division (2015-2016)
  • Jackson Young Lawyers
    • Director (2015-2016)
    • Secretary (2014-2015)
    • Treasurer (2013-2014)


  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (2022)
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2020-2021)

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • New York Junior League
  • New Stage Theatre Board of Directors (2014-2016)
  • Junior League of Jackson (2014-2016)


  • “New Developments in the Cosmetic Talc and Asbestos Litigation,“ Defense Lawyers Asbestos Symposium, DRI (November 2021)
  • "The Asbestos Talc Litigation: An analysis and Rebuttal of Plaintiff Claims," Defense Asbestos Litigation Seminar, Virtual (June 2021)
  • "Similarities and Differences in Sex Abuse Cases and other Mass Tort Litigations," Perrin Sexual Abuse Litigation Coverage Conference, Virtual (March 2021)
  • “Overview of State of the Art and Causation Issues in Talc: Using Sound Science to Address Plaintiffs’ Experts’ Claims," DRI Asbestos Medicine Virtual Seminar (November 2020)
  • “Defense Lawyers Asbestos Symposium,” DRI, Boston, Massachusetts (November 2019)
  • "The Talc Litigation: A Year in Review," Defense Asbestos Litigation Seminar, New Orleans, Louisiana (June 2019)
  • “The Opioid Epidemic”, FETTI Conference, Chicago, Illinois (October 2018)
  • “Cosmetic Talc Litigation Update”, DALS Asbestos Litigation Seminar, Nashville, Tennessee (June 2018)
  • “Jurisdictional Updates: State of the Litigation in NYCAL & Surrounding Areas,” In-House CLE Series, Hartford, Connecticut (September 2017)
  • "Utilizing Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014) In Asbestos Litigation," Asbestos Defense Summit, Forman Watkins Krutz & Tardy, New Orleans, Louisiana (May 2015)