Kayleigh Toth Keilty
Pessin Katz Law
As a child, Kayleigh Toth Keilty’s father once said to her, “You can do anything you want with a law degree.” With that conversation, she was determined to become a lawyer.
A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law, Keilty is an attorney for Pessin Katz Law focusing her litigation practice on commercial business disputes, civil matters and insurance defense. “I like trying to figure out the best solution to somebody’s problem,” she said.
Motivated by overcoming stigmas and setting goals, Keilty said, “once I have an idea in my head, I have complete tunnel vision. …If somebody says you can’t do it, it makes you want to work that much harder.”
After the death of her brother 12 years ago, Keilty became heavily involved with the Maryland chapter for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She became a board member in 2017 but also serves as education chair focusing on expanding suicide awareness through more than 100 events a year designed to offer the community resources for prevention and survivor programs. She also serves as a peer support volunteer.
An animal-rights advocate, Keilty got involved with Dogs XL Rescue several years ago when a roommate adopted a dog from the nonprofit. Serving as an adoption coordinator, she screens five to 10 applicants a week. “We are educating the community on the responsibility associated with having an animal and spreading awareness of animal abuse,” she said.