Jill Kelley begins her fourth year with the New York Jets and first as general counsel and vice president, legal affairs, where she is responsible for oversight of all legal matters. Kelley joined the club after a 15-year legal career with broad experience in tax, commercial and entertainment law, including sports wagering.
In her first season with the team, Kelley was part of a group of Jets executives responsible for expanding the Jets Women's Organization (JWO) to encompass the many women affiliated with the team, including staff members, wives and significant others of coaches, players and football personnel. Kelley also is one of the original members of the team's Social Justice, Diversity and Inclusion Team (SJDIT). The SJDIT works with players and staff to develop strategies, relationships and programs to best serve the team and its surrounding community. In December of 2020, the SJDIT identified and partnered with four social justice organizations. Kelley continues to actively volunteer as a mentor and contributor to two of those organizations, the All-Stars Project and the Innocence Project.
Prior to the Jets, Kelley served as General Counsel of PointsBet USA, where she was the lead counsel for all United States sports book operations and strategic commercial development, working with professional sports leagues while overseeing gaming partnerships, corporate sponsorship contracts and all federal and state regulatory compliance. She previously served as senior legal counsel for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and their Foxwoods Resort Casino, one of the world's largest resort casino hotel properties, providing legal advice on a range of commercial transactions, economic development initiatives and federal, state and tribal tax and regulatory matters.
She began her legal career as an international tax attorney for 10 years, both with Withers LLP and PricewaterhouseCoopers. She focused on strategic corporate and tax planning for multinational businesses, family offices, investment funds and private foundations.
A graduate of Villanova University (B.A.), Kelley earned law degrees from Suffolk University Law School (J.D.) and Boston University Law School (LL.M.). She also served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Kelley was recognized by NJBIZ magazine as one of their 2021 Leaders in Law, and currently serves on the Women United Leadership Counsel of the United Way of Northern New Jersey. Kelley currently resides in Morris County, New Jersey, with children Eli (9) and Violet (7).