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. She advises clients on public bidding and license requirements. Ms. Goss’ construction law practice also includes litigation and arbitration of lien and bond claims, scope of work disputes, delay and acceleration claims and differing site condition claims. 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. She regularly advises clients on government regulations and bid protests at the federal and state level.

Court Admissions

  • 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, North Carolina Bar Association Construction Law Section Design Professionals Liaison Committee, 2014-Present
  • Steering Committee, American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law-Division Thirteen (Public Contracts), 2015-Present
  • Member, American Bar Association Forum on 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 (
  • Fellow, 2015 Class of American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law Diversity Fellows


  • American Bar Association 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


  • Author, “When One Bond Is Enough,” Change Order, June 2009
  • Co-author, NORTH CAROLINA CONSTRUCTION LAW TREATISE, Thomson Reuters, 2016-2017 ed. (View PDF) (Purchase)
  • Co-author (North Carolina Chapter), AFLA International, 50-State, CONSTRUCTION LAW COMPENDIUM, 2012
  • Co-author, “Liability for Construction Defects That Result From Multiple Causes,” 9 Journal of American College of Construction Lawyers 1, Winter 2015 (View PDF)

Speeches, Panel Discussions & Seminars

  • “Immigration Laws and 1-9: How Immigration Laws Impact the Construction Industry,” ADSC Carolinas Chapter, October 25, 2013
  • “Contracting in Public Projects,” Half Moon Education Inc., February 19, 2015
  • “Start/Finish Your AREs in 2015 AIAT Seminar Series: Construction Documents Review,” April 11, 2015

Community Activities & Public Service

  • Appointed, Raleigh Appearance Commission, December 3, 2013 (currently serving second two-year term)