Kelly M. Purcaro

Kelly M. Purcaro



Kelly M. Purcaro practices primarily in the areas of business and commercial litigation.

She is admitted to practice in the State and Federal Courts of New Jersey, the State of New York, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

In 2009, Mrs. Purcaro held a clerkship with the Hon. Edith K. Payne, in the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey. Prior to serving in the Appellate Division, Mrs. Purcaro was the sole recipient in her class of the Carol and Paul Miller Scholarship at Rutgers University School of Law – Newark, maintaining a full tuition scholarship through academic excellence.

During law school, Mrs. Purcaro represented clients through the Child Advocacy Clinic in both the Family and Administrative Courts. She served as a judicial extern to the Hon. Stanley R. Chesler in the United States District Court, District of New Jersey, and she was selected to spend a semester in the Netherlands studying law at Leiden University. Mrs. Purcaro also served as a Staff Editor for the Business Law Journal.

Prior to law school, Mrs. Purcaro obtained a Bachelor Degree from Rutgers University and a Masters in Social Work through the Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work.  Mrs. Purcaro was the first MSW student accepted into the Eagleton School of Political Science Graduate Fellowship Program. After completing her graduate work, Mrs. Purcaro earned her License in Social Work (LSW) and enjoyed a diverse career as the Director of Government Relations for a non-profit law firm. Mrs. Purcaro completed a variety of professional publications, testified before the State legislature, and developed an extensive budget advocacy system.

Mrs. Purcaro is a graduate of the Justice Morris Pashman Inn of Court. She is currently a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Bergen County Bar Association and the Passaic County Bar Association; she is a member of the Class Actions Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association. She has done pro bono work for the Bergen County Domestic Legal Advocacy Project.  Mrs. Purcaro has been included in the list of New Jersey Rising Stars by Super Lawyers in 2012, 2013 and 2017. She was included in (201) Magazine’s list of Bergen County’s “Top Lawyers” in 2015, 2016 and 2017 in Commercial Litigation.

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  • Rutgers University School of Law, J.D.
  • Rutgers University, B.S., MSW

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York

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