Kelly “wins praise for his ‘tenacity and high-level of skill in courtroom litigation’” and “his tremendous legal mind.”
Legal 500 United States
Kelly Kramer is a partner in our Washington DC office and a co-leader of the firm’s White Collar Defense & Compliance practice. He represents companies and individuals in criminal cases and other government enforcement and regulatory matters. Kelly has served as lead trial counsel in high-profile criminal cases, including multi-week trials against a former member of Congress and the president of one of the largest labor unions in the United States. He also regularly conducts internal investigations on behalf of corporate clients, including private equity funds, pharmaceutical companies, telecommunication companies, defense contractors, media companies and lobbying firms.
Kelly has broad experience in federal criminal, antitrust, and securities laws. He has represented companies and executives in fraud, tax, cartel and money laundering investigations. He has particularly extensive experience with public corruption cases, including both domestic matters and cases arising under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), as well as with criminal cartel cases.
Much of Kelly’s work is global, involving clients in Europe, Asia and the Americas. In 2009, 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. More recently, he led the Government of Brazil’s efforts to secure the United States’ assistance in seeking to repatriate one of the world’s largest gems, the “Bahia Emerald,” on the basis of pending Brazilian criminal charges. Both cases have been closely watched by the legal media and international criminal lawyers in the United States and abroad.
Kelly has been repeatedly recognized for his legal skills. Legal 500
noted that he is “meticulous, charismatic and strategic” (2016), and has lauded his “tenacity and high-level of skill in courtroom litigation” (2015), his “tremendous legal mind” and ability to provide a “rigorous defense in the courtroom" (2014), and his “deep expertise” with SEC matters (2012). Chambers USA
recognized Kelly as an “Up and Coming” lawyer for District of Columbia, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (2016) and noted that he, “is rapidly developing a name as a top white-collar defense attorney.” Kelly has also repeatedly been selected by Super Lawyers
as one of the top white-collar defense lawyers in Washington.