Blue Bell, PA — Elliott Greenleaf is pleased to announce that the Honorable Kelley B. Hodge has rejoined the Firm after serving as the 25th District Attorney of the City of Philadelphia, one of the largest prosecutor office’s in the country. Ms. Hodge was elected to serve as the District Attorney by the Board of Judges for the Court of Common Pleas for the First Judicial District. Upon her election, Ms. Hodge became the first African American woman to lead the District Attorney’s office in its 167-year history and the first African American woman to lead a District Attorney’s Office in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
“We are thrilled to welcome Kelley back to Elliott Greenleaf,” said chairman John M. Elliott. “She is a talented courtroom lawyer who provides the firm and our clients with considerable experience handling education, white collar criminal issues, and internal investigations.”
“I am delighted to return to Elliott Greenleaf after a tremendous experience in the District Attorney’s office,” said Kelley Hodge. “I was honored and humbled to serve the citizens of Philadelphia, but I am excited to return to a place where I can participate in a variety of interesting and significant litigations.”
Ms. Hodge has developed an extensive and comprehensive trial, litigation and compliance practice over the course of her twenty year legal career. An experienced former prosecutor, she was the first independent Title IX coordinator at the University of Virginia, where she helped develop and implement sex and gender harassment policies across the University’s eleven campuses. Kelley worked proactively and effectively to address alleged sex and/or gender-based harassment and intimate partner violence. Her practice at Elliott Greenleaf will focus on education law counseling institutional and individual clients how to comply with federal and state law to avoid litigation, and on litigation, including education, white collar criminal issues, and internal investigations. Ms. Hodge is a member of the Firm’s Higher Education, White Collar, Internal Investigations and Litigation practice groups.
Prior to her tenure at the University of Virginia, Kelley tried many cases in Richmond’s Public Defender’s Office and Philadelphia’s District Attorney’s Office, and was the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Safe Schools Advocate under the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the state agency for crime prevention and data collection to support evidence-based programs. Kelley oversaw the reporting and response to incidents of alleged violence in Philadelphia Public Schools, and served as an advocate on behalf of victims of violence.
A 1993 graduate of the University of Virginia where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Affairs and in Spanish Language and Literature, Kelley received her juris doctor from the University of Richmond’s T.C. Williams School of Law in 1996. A native of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, she graduated from Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Flourtown, PA. She currently resides with her husband and son in Philadelphia, PA.