Kevin Kelly is a senior associate in Mayer Brown’s New York Office and a member of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice. Kevin focuses his practice on securities litigation and banking and financial services litigation. Kevin also advises clients in complex commercial litigation.
Kevin represents corporations, directors, and officers in a variety of industries, including the real estate industry and the regulated cannabis industry, in actions alleging violations of the federal securities laws. Kevin also represents European and Middle-Eastern banks in cases brought pursuant to the US Anti-Terrorism Act and Japanese banks in internal investigations concerning fraudulent funds transfer requests from predatory phishing attacks. Additionally, Kevin represents securitization trustees in residential mortgage-backed securities matters, multinational corporations in complex commercial disputes, and Swiss banks in the design and implementation of electronic discovery programs.
In recent matters, Kevin obtained a complete dismissal of a multi-million dollar federal securities class action filed against a public company and its officers; and the dismissal of a stockholder derivative and class action complaint against a public company and its officers.
Kevin maintains an active pro bono practice where he regularly represents individuals in fair housing cases in state court and before the NYC Commission on Human Rights. Kevin received The Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Publico Award for outstanding service in both 2016 and 2017 in recognition of his work in this area. Kevin currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Legal Aid Society’s New Leadership Program.
- Defended public company, directors, and officers in numerous shareholder class and derivative actions involving alleged securities law violations, including actions in federal and state courts, with exposure to millions of dollars in damages.
- Obtained favorable settlement for Fortune 500 bank in its capacity as Trustee of various RMBS trusts alleged of breaching its contractual duties to investors following over five years of litigation.
- Led internal investigations of Japanese bank concerning fraudulent funds transfer requests stemming from predatory phishing attacks.
- Prevailed at the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which affirmed dismissal of Anti-Terrorism Act claims asserted against multinational bank.
- Obtained dismissal of recently enacted Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act claims asserted against multinational bank in the Southern District of New York.
- Obtained favorable settlement in securities class action alleging violations of Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Exchange Commission Rule 10b-5 following over five years of litigation.
- Obtained favorable settlement for Japanese bank in lawsuit alleging copyright infringement of an industry publication.
- Represented pro bono client in damages hearing before NYC Commission of Human Rights.
- Successfully argued order to show cause in New York State Court in fair housing case for pro bono client.
University of Michigan, BA, with distinction
University of Michigan Law School, JD, cum laude
Editor, Journal of Law Reform
- New York
- US District Court for the Southern District of New York
- US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- The Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Publico Award for outstanding service, 2017
- The Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Publico Award for outstanding service, 2016