Vedder Price

Kelly A. Starr

Shareholder

Co-Chair, Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Group
Member, Board of Directors

222 North LaSalle Street Chicago, Illinois 60601

+1 (312) 609 7768

Kelly A. Starr

Shareholder

Co-Chair, Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Group
Member, Board of Directors

Kelly A. Starr is a member of Vedder Price's Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the firm's Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits group.

Ms. Starr counsels a variety of employers on all aspects of employee benefits law, including the design, tax qualification, legal compliance, correction, interpretation, communication and termination of broad-based employee benefit plans. She also negotiates and structures executive employment agreements and executive compensation and benefit arrangements, including incentive compensation, deferred compensation, severance agreements and change-in-control programs, on behalf of both individual executives and companies. Ms. Starr has experience advising boards of directors and their committees with respect to executive compensation issues.

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Starr was employed with the human resources department of Amoco Corporation.

Ms. Starr currently serves as the Chair of the firm's Benefits Committee. She formerly served as the Chair of the firm’s Associate Evaluation Committee and as a member of the firm’s Shareholder Compensation Committee, Associate Hiring Committee, Diversity Committee and Nominating Committee. Ms. Starr is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Taxation and Business Law Sections of the American Bar Association.

Ms. Starr was selected for inclusion in 2006, and from 2009 to 2017, in Illinois Super Lawyers magazine, and she was named one of “The Top Women Attorneys in Illinois” by the publication in 2013. Ms. Starr was selected by her peers as a Leading Lawyer in Employee Benefits Law and is a member of the Leading Lawyers Network. From 2013 to 2017, she has been ranked in Chambers USA in the Illinois Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation category. She was also ranked in The Legal 500 United States’ Labor and Employment—Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation category in 2014, and 2015 to 2017 and in the Employee Health and Retirement Plans category in 2017. In addition, Ms. Starr has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in 2017.

Kelly A. Starr

Shareholder

Co-Chair, Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Group
Member, Board of Directors

Education

  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1995, cum laude
  • Cornell University, B.S., 1988

Kelly A. Starr

Shareholder

Co-Chair, Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Group
Member, Board of Directors

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1995

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1995

Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association (Sections on Taxation and Business Law)
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association

Kelly A. Starr

Shareholder

Co-Chair, Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Group
Member, Board of Directors

Kelly A. Starr

Shareholder

Co-Chair, Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Group
Member, Board of Directors