Kelly M. Warner

Title/s:  Partner, Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila

Specialty Area: Advocacy (Dispute Resolution)

Phone: 312.471.8740



Kelly is a partner at Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila. In dozens of complex internal investigations, Kelly has guided clients to identify and root out wrongdoing at all levels of organizations. In regulatory inquiries, Kelly's collaborative and creative approach creates opportunities for her clients to efficiently address the government's interest. In structuring and assessing clients’ compliance programs, she has guided clients to improve programs both proactively and in the face of government interest. In commercial litigation, she has led teams of attorneys prosecuting and defending actions in state and federal courts nationwide.

Kelly’s ability to communicate and bring people together includes a cutting-edge knowledge of technology and the law. She is the exception to the rule that most people who are skilled at understanding technical complexity are not very good at communicating about it. This combination helps her to help her clients leverage technology as an offensive and defensive tool to comply with data privacy requirements, manage risk, avoid discovery pitfalls and detours, and uncover the facts. Even in matters where she has not been retained as trial counsel, clients come to Kelly for assistance developing litigation strategies that conserve resources and meet clients' needs.

Kelly has partnered with clients in a range of industries to conduct assessments of compliance programs, to develop and revise internal compliance policies and procedures, including codes of conduct, investigations, dealer due diligence, anti-bribery and litigation readiness policies, and to train employees on compliance. She has investigated and litigated cases involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), anti-kickback statutes, data privacy and cyber breach, environmental and securities fraud, defamation, trade-secret misappropriation, sexual harassment, and unfair competition.

Kelly is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP-US) and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She is an adjunct professor of law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She has presented extensively on electronic discovery and the ethical implications of technology. She is an active member of the Seventh Circuit Pilot Program on Electronic Discovery, selected to serve as a member of the Steering Committee and the co-chair of the Education Committee. Kelly is also a member of the Sedona Conference Working Groups 1 and 9, contributing as a co-author and conference faculty member.



BA, Michigan State University, 1996
JD, Loyola University School of Law, 2000

Program Areas

Electronic Discovery Law and Problem Solving