Kelsey Hughes-Blaum

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Kelsey is an associate in Taft’s Litigation practice group. She focuses her practice on business and complex commercial disputes. She has experience in a wide range of litigation matters, including commercial contract disputes, business torts, class actions, financial services litigation, U.C.C. issues, collection actions, and bankruptcy and restructuring matters. Kelsey assists clients throughout all stages of the litigation process, from drafting pleadings through dispositive motions, discovery, settlement, and trial.

Prior to joining Taft, Kelsey was an associate with a Philadelphia firm and clerked for two years for the Honorable William C. Carpenter, Jr. in the Superior Court of Delaware, where she worked extensively on sophisticated disputes in the Court’s Complex Commercial Litigation Division.

Kelsey earned her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 2015. She served as Managing Editor of Research and Writing for the Villanova Law Review, and was presented with the Dr. Arthur Clement Pulling Award for Extraordinary Service to the publication. Kelsey was also the recipient of Villanova’s Faculty Recognition Award for her contributions to the law school and the Dorothy Day Award for Pro Bono Service. Kelsey received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2012. She is licensed to practice in Ohio and Pennsylvania.


  • Honoree, Best Lawyers® "Ones to Watch," Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Commercial Litigation (2023)


  • Villanova University School of Law (2015)
  • Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (2012)

    magna cum laude


  • State - Ohio
  • State - Pennsylvania
  • Federal - Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Professional Affiliations

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association