Kelly Ruane Melchiondo
Kelly Ruane Melchiondo is a Partner in Bilzin Sumberg's Construction Law Group. Kelly’s practice focuses on complex litigation, in both jury and non-jury trials, of claims involving construction and design defects, construction contract claims, and products liability at the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts.
Kelly is also a member of the firm's Data Security & Privacy Team. Her cybersecurity practice focuses on counseling clients on safeguarding their data and private information by drafting and implementing policies for data security and strengthening internal controls, and on assisting clients with data breach prevention and response. In 2018, Kelly served on The Sedona Conference Working Team 11, Brainstorming Committee, regarding the enforcement in the United States of sanctions or judgments arising from violations of the European Union’s General Data Privacy Regulation (“GDPR”). The Sedona Conference is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advanced study of law and policy in the areas of complex litigation, intellectual property rights, and data privacy. The Committee aims to help organizations prepare for and respond to data breaches and to assist attorneys in resolving issues of legal liability and damages.
Representation of the South Florida Stadium, LLC, an affiliate of the owner of the Miami Dolphins professional football team, in a lawsuit arising out of a $110 million change order submitted for the fabrication and erection of the rooftop shade canopy over the Hard Rock Stadium.
Representation of Brightline in disputes arising from the delayed construction of the new highspeed train project, including a $25 million claim brought by the structural steel fabricator and erector for the downtown Miami station. The litigation settled favorably for Virgin Trains USA after ten ...
Favorable defense of product manufacturer in multiple products liability lawsuits involving residential building hybrid fire sprinkler systems.
Successful representation of the Miami Heat in prosecuting professional negligence claims against the arena architect and its insurer in proceedings in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania and Florida state court.
Representation of a Spanish investor, the minority member of a Florida limited liability company, in a derivative action arising out of the removal of the Spanish member's representative from the LLC's management committee.
EducationBoston University, J.D., 2002University of Miami, B.S., 1998
InvolvementDade County Bar AssociationLaw & Technology Committee, Co-Chair, 2020City TheatreChair of the Board of Directors, 2015-Present
Secretary and Member of the Board of Directors, 2009-2015Miami Children's MuseumSecretary of the Executive Committee, 2018-Present
Member of the Board of Directors, 2014-PresentThe Sedona Conference Working Team 11Brainstorming Committee for the Enforcement and Jurisdictional application of the GDPR to United States-based companies, 2018
Legal Issues in Cloud Computing, 2017
Court AdmissionsU.S. District Court, Middle District of FloridaU.S. District Court, Northern District of FloridaU.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
Awards/HonorsSouth Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyers in South Florida - Litigation, 2017-2020
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