Jim Kelly is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Salt Lake City office and a member of the Private Equity, Funds & Investment Management and Emerging Companies & Venture Capital practices. Jim advises a wide range of investment management firms, providing alternative investment managers and investors experienced counsel regarding innovative investment products.

Jim has broad industry experience, including advising hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate funds, and venture capital funds. He also advises clients with respect to separate accounts and joint venture arrangements.

Jim assists clients with the structure and organization of investment funds and accounts and with regulatory compliance, operational, and investment matters. He also provides counsel on the formation and operation of sponsor and management entities and arrangements among firm principals.

Jim helps investment managers and investors with complex business arrangements, including launching and seeding new investment programs and businesses, fund restructurings, management reorganizations, and spin-outs.


University of Alberta, BA

University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Kanada, LLB


  • Massachusetts
  • Utah
  • Utah Legal Elite, Mergers and Acquisitions