Kelley Howes

Kelley Howes is a Partner in the firm's Denver office and Co-Chair of the Investment Management Group.

Kelley has experience with a wide range of legal, regulatory, compliance, corporate governance, insurance, and other matters relating primarily to the representation of U.S. registered and unregistered investment companies, offshore funds, registered investment advisers, transfer agents, and broker-dealers.

Kelley has counseled independent fund directors on governance issues, and has advised mutual funds on mergers, reorganizations, compliance, and regulatory matters, including examinations and enforcement matters. She has also advised public companies with regard to corporate governance and various corporate transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, subsidiary ownership issues, and equity and debt issuances.

She has more than 20 years’ experience in investment management-related matters. Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, she served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Janus Capital Group Inc., a NYSE-listed global asset management holding company. She also previously served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Janus Capital Management LLC, a U.S. registered investment advisory subsidiary of Janus Capital Group, and as President of the Janus funds and President of Janus Distributors LLC.

Kelley was recommended and recognized as a “next generation lawyer” by Legal 500 US 2017 and has served on the boards of directors of Young Americans Bank/Young Americans Center for Financial Education; ICI Mutual Insurance Company; and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. She was also recognized as a "Top Lawyer" for Securities in the 2022 guide of 5280, Colorado's largest local publication. She is a member of Morrison Foerster's global Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) steering committee.

During her time at Suffolk University School of Law, Kelley was a member of the Suffolk Transnational Law Review.