Patrick A. Kelly

Patrick A. Kelly


Houston Construction Attorney - Patrick Kelly

Patrick Kelly’s practice focuses on both construction litigation and alternative dispute resolution, in which he represents general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and owners in a variety of construction related disputes, as well as labor and employment litigation.

Prior to joining the firm, Patrick served as a law clerk in the office of the Texas Solicitor General, a judicial clerk for The Honorable Jeffrey Manske of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Waco Division and a law clerk for the Tax Policy subcommittee of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means.

Areas of Practice

  • Construction
  • Bankruptcy
  • Commercial Litigation

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas

Representative Experience

  • Assist in the representation of owner, general contractor and subcontractor clients on a variety of different matters including breach of contract claims, settlement negotiations, lien removal and debt collections
  • Ongoing representation of contractors and suppliers in obtaining collection of past due accounts


  • Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
    • J.D. – 2019
    • Mock Trial
    • Inn of Court
    • Moot Court
    • President, The Federalist Society
  • The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas
    • B.A. – 2015
    • Bill Archer Fellow
    • Student Body Vice President

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas, Construction Law Section
  • Houston Bar Association, Construction Law Section
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association

Speeches and Publications

Here We Go Again – How FERC’s Jurisdictional Struggle With Bankruptcy Courts Continues in the Chesapeake Bankruptcy Case,” AM Monthly Law Alert, July 2020

“Risk Allocation: Price Escalation Provisions as a Hedge Against Changes in Policy and Shifts in Price,” Construction Law Journal, Vol. 15, No. 2, Winter 2019

FERC v. Bankruptcy Courts: How Exclusive is Exclusive Jurisdiction?” AM Monthly Law Alert, October 2019

Price Escalation Clauses can Soften the Blow of Tariffs in the Energy Industry,” AM Monthly Law Alert, September 2019

The Overlooked Separation of Power: How Federalism Protects Individual Freedom,” State Bar of Texas – Law Student Division Spring 2018 Essay Contest (First Place)

General Editor – Symposium Edition Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol. 42, Number 1