Kelly Bagby is the Vice President at AARP Foundation Litigation (AFL) managing the office’s work related to health, hunger, housing and human services. Kelly specializes in civil rights, disability rights, health law and other public interest areas, with an emphasis on litigation. She has been a part of AFL’s Health Team since 2008. She has litigated a range of discrimination and public interest cases in federal and state courts. Prior to joining AFL, she worked for the Office of Counsel for the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the United States Department of Health and Human Services. From 1998 to 2004, Kelly was the litigation director at Disability Rights D.C. and worked at Disability Rights Maryland before that.
Kelly has served as class counsel in a number of cases that have permitted people to age in place in the community rather than be forced to have their long term services provided in nursing facilities. Darling v. Douglas (Cota v. Maxwell-Jolly), 688 F. Supp. 2d 980 (N.D. Cal. 2010); Brown v. District of Columbia (Case No. 10-02250). Kelly was co-counsel in several cases in which nursing facility residents were administered psychotropic medications without informed consent. She has been working on patient dumping for the past several years and is counsel to a victim of dumping in a high profile case in California. Kelly files amicus briefs in state and federal courts that relate to ensuring that victims of abuse and neglect are able access the judicial system for redress.