Kelly Allenspach Del Dotto’s practice focuses on complex patent litigation, with an emphasis on life sciences, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical litigation, including Hatch-Waxman litigation.

Kelly has worked on a variety of technologies, including, for example, pharmaceutical formulations, DNA sequencing technology, nucleosides, fluoropolymers, and detergents. She has experience in all phases of litigation, including pre-filing due diligence, document collection and production, fact and expert discovery, depositions, discovery hearings, claim construction hearings, and trial.

Since becoming a member of the Delaware bar, Kelly has engaged in pro bono, representing petitioners filing protection from abuse (PFA), and parents seeking guardianship or custody of their children. Kelly has also volunteered through Delaware’s Federal Civil Panel.

Outside of her pro bono work, Kelly also volunteers through the Junior League of Wilmington and Read Aloud Delaware. Her favorite book to read is “We Don’t Eat Our Classmates” by Ryan T. Higgins.

In her spare time, Kelly enjoys scuba diving and making decorative royal icing cookies.


  • Sanofi-Aventis US LLC et al. v. Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. (Lantus, D.Del., trial)
  • Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc. et al. v. Gilead Sciences Inc. et al. (Sovaldi/Harvoni, D.Del., trial)
  • Gilead Sciences, Inc. v. Merck & Co, Inc. et al. (Sovaldi/Harvoni, N.D.Cal., trial)

Professional associations

  • Wilmington Junior League, volunteer
  • Read Aloud Delaware, volunteer

Pro bono activities

Kelly maintains a busy pro bono practice. Through Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, she assists with petitioners seeking protection from abuse (PFA) orders. She has also worked with an Afghan national to apply for humanitarian parole for him and his family based on his work with the International Legal Foundation of Afghanistan. She also works with Delaware’s Federal Civil Panel to provide free legal services to those who could not otherwise afford them. Kelly serves as the pro bono coordinating attorney for the firm’s Delaware office. 


  • Delaware Volunteer Legal Services 

  • Federal Civil Panel 

  • International Legal Foundation