Bryan Kelly is a partner in the Tax Department. He advises private and public companies and family offices on the tax aspects of sophisticated domestic and cross-border transactions. Bryan helps clients to identify opportunities and manage risk in relation to business expansions, dispositions and restructurings; the development and exploitation of intellectual property; and mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and financings, including pre- and post-acquisition restructurings. Bryan also provides tax advice to successful families, and advises individuals in connection with matters such as pre-immigration and exit tax planning, inbound investment into the United States, including investment in U.S. real estate, and the income tax aspects of intra-family wealth transfers. In addition to providing U.S. tax advice, Bryan regularly coordinates with advisors across multiple jurisdictions to manage the global design and implementation of structuring and restructuring projects. In addition, Bryan represents sponsors and investors in connection with the formation and operation of private investment funds, including buyout, mezzanine capital, special situations, infrastructure and real estate funds, as well as funds of funds.


Prior to joining Willkie in 2022, Bryan was a partner at Withers Bergman LLP.

  • Chambers USA, Tax (Band 4), California: Southern, 2024
  • Legal 500 U.S., Tax - US Taxes: Non-Contentious, 2023
  • Bryan was recognized as a “key lawyer” in the area of international tax by The Legal 500 US in 2021 and 2020.
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Tax Section, Foreign Tax Committee, past chair
  • American Bar Association
  • Represented Sister, a global content production and development company, in its minority investment in Unanimous Media Holdings, the production company founded by Stephen Curry. 



Bucknell University, B.A., 1998 University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, J.D., 2002 New York University School of Law, LL.M., 2004

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