Christian G. Kiely


Christian G. Kiely concentrates his practice on business litigation, representing companies and individuals in a wide range of disputes.  He also represents clients in matters involving employment law, intellectual property disputes, university discipline, medical malpractice, government investigations, and white collar criminal defense.  He regularly appears in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels.

Recent representative accomplishments of Mr. Kiely include:

  • Persuading the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to revive a regulatory taking claim alleging that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, in order to punish the firm’s client for perceived malfeasance during the casino licensing process, unconstitutionally coerced the firm’s client into accepting a $40 million reduction in the sales price for land that it sold to Wynn Resorts for the development of the Encore Boston Harbor Resort.

  • Convincing a Massachusetts Superior Court judge to dismiss a $1 billion claim seeking to effectively undo the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s award of a casino license to Wynn Resorts over a competing bid by the owners of the former Suffolk Downs racetrack, based on allegations that the firm’s client conspired with Wynn to corrupt the licensing process through fraud and other alleged wrongdoing.
  • Obtaining a defense verdict following a bench trial defeating a commercial tenant’s claim in Massachusetts Superior Court for more than $7 million based on alleged interference in a build out of a Domino’s Pizza franchise location
  • Obtaining a $775,000 settlement in a medical malpractice case involving a 57-year-old man who died following the delayed diagnosis of a perforated peptic ulcer
  • Earning a rare win in overcoming a summary judgment motion in a federal suit brought on behalf of the former captain of the Yale University men’s basketball team against Yale, claiming that it had discriminated against him and wrongfully expelled him for alleged sexual misconduct, in violation of its own rules and regulations.

He previously served as a law clerk to United States District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock, and Associate Justice Robert J. Cordy of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Mr. Kiely graduated first in his class from Suffolk University Law School in 2012, and is a 2009 graduate of Dartmouth College.

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  • Background
    • Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, 2014-2016
    • Law Clerk, U.S. District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock, 2013-2014
    • Law Clerk, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Justice Robert J. Cordy, 2012-2013
  • Professional Activities
    • Massachusetts Bar Association
    • Boston Bar Association
  • Awards / Achievements
    • Named to 2022 Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, Criminal Defense: White Collar
    • Named by Super Lawyers to Massachusetts Rising Stars for Business Litigation, 2021
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