Kelli E. Goss is a native of New England. She moved to North Carolina for graduate school and has made Raleigh her home. Ms. Goss practices in construction law and U.S. and N.C. government contracts.

Ms. Goss is also a North Carolina licensed architect. Prior to attending law school, she was a partner in a prominent architectural firm in Raleigh, where she served as director of commercial and corporate architecture. Ms. Goss designed, managed, and supervised construction administration on notable multimillion-dollar projects in downtown Raleigh and on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ms. Goss has been involved in all phases of the design and construction of commercial, governmental, and institutional projects. Her experience includes schematic design, design development, construction documents, building code compliance, and building permit reviews at the city level, and with the N.C. Office of State Construction and the N.C. Department of Insurance.

As a construction lawyer, Ms. Goss’ practice includes drafting, review and negotiation of design and construction contracts and subcontracts. Her practice also includes surety defense and litigation and arbitration of delay and acceleration claims, scope of work disputes, and differing site conditions. Ms. Goss has worked with city and county planning and development departments applying for special use permits and presenting to quasi-judicial boards

Ms. Goss’ government contracts experience includes litigating appeals before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2017
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2016
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, 2015
  • North Carolina Business Court, 2015
  • State of North Carolina, 2007
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, 2007
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, 2007
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2007


  • B.A., Visual Design, Dartmouth College
  • M. Arch., North Carolina State University School of Design, Phi Kappa Phi
  • J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law
    • Staff, North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation


  • Conner Gwyn Schenck PLLC, 2013 – Present
  • Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, 2007-2013
  • J Davis Architects, PLLC, 2001-2004
  • Cline Davis Architects, PA, 1998-2001
  • Kenneth E. Hobgood Architects, 1997-1998

Professional Activities & Affiliations

  • Chair and co-chair, North Carolina Bar Association Construction Law Section AIA/Design Professionals Liaison Committee, 2014-Present
  • Steering Committee, American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law-Division Thirteen (Public Contracts), 2015-Present
  • Member, Reserve Spending Committee, American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law, 2016-Present
  • Member, American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Law
  • Member, North Carolina Bar Association, Construction Law Section
  • Member, Wake County Bar Association
  • Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Member, AIA-North Carolina
  • Member, AIA-Triangle
  • Member, The Jefferson Society
  • Member, Construction Professionals Network of North Carolina
  • Board of Directors, CMAA NC, 2017-Present


  • Fellow, 2015 Class of American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law Diversity Fellows
  • ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Trial Academy Scholarship
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Deposition Skills Professional Training
  • Gressman-Pollitt Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy
  • NC-AIA Award for Design Achievement
  • AIA & American Architectural Foundation Scholastic Award
  • Kamphoefner Honor Fellow Award Recipient

Certifications & Credentials

  • North Carolina Registered Architect, License No. 7834


  • Co-author, The 2017 A201 Deskbook, Chapter 4, Architect
  • Co-author, NORTH CAROLINA CONSTRUCTION LAW TREATISE, Thomson Reuters, 2017-2018 ed. (View PDF) (Purchase)
  • Co-author, “Liability for Construction Defects That Result From Multiple Causes,” 9 Journal of American College of Construction Lawyers 1, Winter 2015 (View PDF)
  • Co-author (North Carolina Chapter), AFLA International, 50-State, CONSTRUCTION LAW COMPENDIUM, 2012

Speeches, Panel Discussions & Seminars

  • “Blurred Lines: Managing Digital Data, BIM and Design Responsibilities,” ABA Forum on Construction Law, 2017 Fall Meeting, Boston, MA, October 5, 2017
  • “Start/Finish Your AREs in 2015 AIAT Seminar Series: Construction Documents Review,” April 11, 2015
  • “Contracting in Public Projects,” Half Moon Education Inc., February 19, 2015
  • “Immigration Laws and I-9: How Immigration Laws Impact the Construction Industry,” ADSC Carolinas Chapter, October 25, 2013

Community Activities & Public Service

  • Raleigh Appearance Commission, appointed and served two terms, December 3, 2013 to December 3, 2017