Kelly Kocinski Trager is a transactional entertainment, business, and intellectual property lawyer assisting start-ups and small businesses, artists, creative entrepreneurs and arts-based nonprofits. In addition to her legal practice, Kelly is a dancer and choreographer, art gallery owner, speaker, writer, and teacher. For more than a decade, she has been a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Design Management and Arts and Cultural Management graduate programs at Pratt Institute in New York.
In her transactional legal practice, most often for arts-based businesses and non-profits, Kelly specializes in Intellectual Property as well as all aspects of business formation, acquisition and maintenance, including:
Kelly teaches and gives talks and seminars in the areas of Starting and Growing a Business, Intellectual Property Law, Business Strategy, Nonprofit Corporate Governance, Entertainment Law, Legal Issues in the Arts, Understanding Creativity, Arts Management, Dispute Resolution, and International Law and the Arts. She has served on the boards of numerous nonprofit art organizations; worked in fundraising and development, company and stage management; and served as a grant reviewer for state art funding organizations and art reviewer and contributor for many publications.
In addition to her current teaching roles at College of Charleston and Pratt Institute, she has also taught at New York Film Academy, University of Texas, Arlington and Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Kelly still dances on occasion with Racoco Productions and is in the process of creating new choreographic work. She is also a certified yoga and gyrotonic instructor, and a distance runner and triathlete .