Heather J. Kelly

Attorney - Of Counsel
Heather J. Kelly

Heather J. Kelly has a passion for serving the community — and the clients of the Bertram Law Group.

“I love our clients. I really do,” she said. “They come to us at a time when they’re most in need, most vulnerable. They’ve been injured or they’ve lost someone. We can’t give them back what they’ve lost … but we can help them get answers and provide for their futures.”

A native of Maryland, Kelly announced she wanted to be a lawyer in the third grade, when a reporter from The Baltimore Sun interviewed her class about what they’d like to do when they grew up. She at first gravitated toward journalism, however, majoring in both English and political science at Towson University in Towson, Maryland, where she graduated magna cum laude in 1992.

Thanks to a mock trial competition that “sparked something in me,” Kelly found her passion for the courtroom, obtaining her law degree from George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., in 1995.

After graduating from law school, Kelly was selected to be the law clerk for Judge William D. Missouri, in the Prince George’s County Circuit Court. After several years in private practice, she had the honor to join the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, where she handled civil cases as an Assistant US Attorney. Her desire to assist people on an individual basis brought her back to private practice three years later.

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She and Catherine D. “Katie” Bertram have known each other as friends and colleagues for roughly 25 years. As a seasoned medical malpractice attorney, Kelly said she often taps into her journalism background, ferreting out research and drafting detailed briefs to advocate for their clients. “I love digging into and understanding and telling people’s stories,” she said.

When she’s not in court, Kelly enjoys spending time with her dogs and assisting others throughout the community. She is an avid baseball fan and has volunteered as an after-school mentor with the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. She runs about 5K each Saturday morning with adoptable dogs from the Humane Rescue Alliance as part of the People and Animal Cardio Klub (or PACK), and she does whatever is needed — setup, cleanup, distributing medals, providing encouragement — for the athletes at local Special Olympics competitions.

She credits her family and her volunteering in her community with deepening her compassion for people in need. “It affects how you view people in vulnerable spots in their lives,” she said. “It’s sharpened my sense of community and purpose: helping someone who needs help.”

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