About Kelley Way

Kelley Way was born and raised in Walnut Creek, California. She graduated from UC Davis with a B.A. in English and a minor in Music, and proceeded from there to attend the UC Davis School of Law, where she received her juris doctorate in 2010.

After law school, Kelley did a one year fellowship at the Pacific Justice Institute, during which time she was approached by her first client, the copyright holder of a New York Times bestselling fantasy series. After the successful resolution of the case, she opened her own law firm.

Kelley is a member of:

  • The California State Bar, including the Section of Intellectual Property Law
  • The American Bar Association, including:
    1. ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law
    2. General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division
    3. ABA Forum Committee on Entertainment and Sports Industries
  • The Contra Costa County Bar Association, including:
    1. The Estate Planning and Probate Section
    2. The Intellectual Property Section
    3. The Solo and Small Firm Section
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Bay Area Independent Publisher’s Association (BAIPA)
  • Estate Planning Council of Diablo Valley

When Kelley is not practicing law, she spends her time reading, knitting, singing, and spending time with her family. She also enjoys learning new languages; currently she’s studying Japanese.


“Copyright Termination Act in 2015 – Year in Review” – New Matter magazine, Spring 2016
“Intellectual Property and Estates: Where Creativity and Planning Intersect” – Trusts and Estates Quarterly magazine

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