Kelly Kramer is a partner in our Washington DC office and is a co-Action Group Leader of the firm’s White Collar Defense & Compliance practice. He principally focuses on defending companies and individuals in white collar investigations and enforcement actions, and in conducting internal investigations.
In recent years, Kelly has represented companies and executives in dozens of financial, securities, tax, and antitrust investigations and enforcement proceedings involving the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Institution Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and state attorneys general. Kelly also regularly represents clients in the civil suits that routinely accompany such investigations, including the ongoing suits relating to financial institutions’ alleged failures to disclose risks associated with non-prime mortgages and related assets.
Some of Kelly’s other recent work has involved representing public officials, lobbyists, and companies in public corruption investigations. One of his more notable representations in this area is the ongoing defense of Congressman Richard Renzi against honest services fraud and money laundering charges in Arizona. He has also represented senior White House and Congressional staff from both parties in a variety of criminal and Congressional investigations. Kelly also regularly represents businesses and executives in connection with Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations.
Kelly’s practice is increasingly global, involving clients in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. In one such case, he led a successful effort to dissolve restraining orders that had been imposed against a Cayman Island hedge fund in a case that presented a question of first impression concerning the scope of the USA PATRIOT Act. Kelly's successful defense of that ruling in the D.C. Circuit has been closely watched by the legal media and international criminal lawyers in the United States and abroad. See “Big Battles
,” published in the National Law Journal (September 2009).