Janet Langford Kelly is senior vice president, Legal, general counsel and corporate secretary for ConocoPhillips. She has more than 25 years experience in roles of increasing responsibility at private law firms and corporations.
Kelly’s ConocoPhillips career started in August 2006 as deputy general counsel and corporate secretary. Prior to joining ConocoPhillips, she was partner at Zelle, Hoffman, Voelbel, Mason and Gette and an adjunct professor at the Northwestern University School of Law. In 2003, Kelly joined Kmart Corporation as senior vice president, chief administrative officer and chief compliance officer. She also spent time at Kellogg Company where she was executive vice president of corporate development and administration, general counsel and secretary. Prior to Kellogg, she was senior vice president, secretary and general counsel at Sara Lee Corporation.
Kelly began her career as a law clerk for the Honorable James Hunter III of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. She was an associate in the corporate and securities group with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York and at Sidley & Austin in Chicago, where she became partner in 1991.
Kelly serves as a trustee for Columbia Funds and on the Board of Directors for the Houston Grand Opera. She previously served on the boards of United Airlines, Grinnell College, Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and served on the Legal Advisory Committee of the New York Stock Exchange.
Kelly was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, with honors, from Grinnell College in 1979. She earned a Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School in 1983.