Kelly Kramer is a partner in our Washington DC office and is a co-leader of the firm’s White Collar Defense & Compliance practice. He represents companies and individuals in white-collar criminal cases and investigations and other government enforcement and regulatory matters. Kelly recently served as lead trial counsel in high-profile criminal cases against a former member of Congress and the president of one of the largest labor unions in the United States.
Kelly has broad experience in federal criminal and securities laws. He has represented companies and executives in fraud, tax, antitrust and money laundering investigations involving the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Institution Regulatory Authority and state attorneys general. He has particularly extensive experience in public corruption matters. He has represented public officials, lobbyists, companies and executives in both domestic corruption investigations and in cases under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). In addition, Kelly regularly conducts internal investigations on behalf of corporate clients, including pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, telecommunication companies, defense contractors, media companies and lobbying firms.
Much of Kelly’s work is global, involving clients in Europe, Asia and the Americas. In one such case, he led a successful effort to dissolve restraining orders imposed on 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 US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit has been closely watched by the legal media and international criminal lawyers in the United States and abroad.
Kelly has been recognized by Legal 500 for his deep knowledge of the SEC's enforcement procedures. He was highlighted in the publication's 2014 rankings as "a tremendous legal mind and tenacious advocate." Clients acknowledge that he and his team are "able to engage in rigorous defense in the courtroom." Kelly was selected by Super Lawyers as one of the top white-collar criminal defense lawyers in Washington.