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Kelly McClellan, Ph.D.


Kelly has experience in both commercial and public Federal Courts litigation, practical knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry, and subject matter expertise in cellular and molecular biology.

Kelly’s Federal Courts litigation experience comes from her experience at national law firms working on multiple proceedings under the PM(NOC) Regulations and the Patent Act; as well as multiple applications for judicial review of government decisions related to government procurement, toxic substance designations, and patent listing decisions on the Patent Register.  She also served as a law clerk for two years at both the Federal Court of Appeal and the Federal Court working with several judges and prothonotaries on matters that included proceedings under the Patent Act, the PM(NOC) Regulations, and numerous other Federal statutes.

Kelly’s practical knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry comes from working at the Health Products and Food Branch (HPFB) of Health Canada, the regulatory branch for pharmaceuticals, biologics, and other non-prescription products as a Senior Advisor in both the Assistant Deputy Minister’s Office, and the Director General’s Office of the Therapeutic Products Directorate, as well as an Associate Director in the Bureau of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Bureau that reviews chemistry, manufacturing, and bioequivalence data for therapeutic drug submissions.  She has also worked as in-house counsel in litigation management at a large pharmaceutical company, and served as a jurist member on the Research Ethics Board reviewing patient consent forms for clinical trial applications at a large teaching hospital.  

Kelly’s subject matter expertise in cellular and molecular biology comes from Master’s and PhD degrees in Biology and Cellular and Molecular Medicine.  Her research appears in over 13 peer reviewed publications in journals including Molecular and Cellular Biology, EMBO Journal, Journal of Neuroscience, Cell Cycle, Journal of Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, and Cell Stem Cell.  She has spoken at numerous conferences including Cold Spring Harbour and the Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference.  

A member of both the Law Society of Ontario and the Barreau du Québec, she is fluently bilingual and practices in English and French.


  • J.D., Université de Montreal
  • LL.B., Université de Montreal
  • Ph.D., University of Ottawa
  • M.Sc., McGill University
  • B.Sc., McGill University

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  • Quebec, 2013
  • Ontario, 2013

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