Kelly Frye Barnett


  • Overview


    Kelly Barnett is a member of Robinson+Cole’s Litigation Section and its Business Litigation Group, where she represents clients in all aspects of complex civil litigation. Ms. Barnett also represents clients in criminal matters, including government and internal investigations. She is a member of the firm’s Appellate Team, e-Discovery Team, Intellectual Property Litigation Team, Data Privacy + Security Team, and Government Investigations, Corporate Compliance + Criminal Defense Team. 

    Ms. Barnett has also devoted significant time to the representation of pro bono clients, including managing and participating in the firm's Domestic Violence Restraining Order program, which provides free legal services to victims of domestic violence seeking restraining orders.

    While attending law school, Ms. Barnett served as associate editor of the Connecticut Law Review. She also represented indigent clients in criminal and related cases at the trial level in Connecticut state courts as part of the University of Connecticut School of Law's Criminal Trial Clinic. Her representation included conducting investigations, performing legal research, preparing pleadings, coordinating diversionary programs, arguing pretrial motions, and setting an agenda for each court appearance at every stage of the case, including bond argument, arraignment, pretrial discussions, trial, and sentencing.

  • Experience
    • Experience


        Complex Litigation

      • Won complete motion to dismiss in hotly contested Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration, resolving matter for client in less than six months. FINRA panel granted motion to dismiss, agreeing that client was not associated with the securities in question, had no contact with the claimant, and had no supervisory responsibilities with respect to the sale of the securities at issue.

      • Other Experiences

      • Conducted internal investigation for Connecticut nonprofit educational institution regarding allegations of historical sexual misconduct by former faculty members. 

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      American Bar Association

      Connecticut Bar Association

      National Bar Association

      George W. Crawford Black Bar Association
    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Children's Law Center
      Board of Directors

      YWCA Hartford Region
      Board of Directors
    • Publications


      "Lessons Learned from the First Volkswagen Indictment," published in Connecticut Law Tribune, co-authored with Edward J. Heath (10/3/2016)
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    • Presentations


      "Debating Fundamentals," co-presented with Christie D. Jean, at the 2016 Young Women's Leadership Corporation (YWLC) Summer Institute, a teaching and training course of study sponsored by the YWCA Hartford Region (7/14, 7/21, and 8/4/2016)
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    • News

      R+C in the News

      • October 7, 2016

        Ed Heath and Kelly Barnett Pen Article for the Connecticut Law Tribune

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      • August 5, 2016

        Hartford Lawyers Teach about Leadership at YWLC Summer Institute

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      • June 6, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Sponsors George W. Crawford Black Bar Association's 2016 Annual Dinner

      • March 8, 2016

        Land Use Lawyers Negotiate Settlement Allowing Soup Kitchen to Remain Open

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      • November 12, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Hosts Domestic Violence Restraining Order Program for Lawyers

      • August 5, 2015

        Business Litigation Lawyers Successfully Represent Clients Through DVRO Program

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      R+C News Releases

      • February 29, 2016

        Kelly Frye Barnett Elected to YWCA Hartford Region’s Board of Directors

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      • October 9, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Lawyer Elected to Children’s Law Center Board of Directors

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      • December 11, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Welcomes New Lawyers