David N. Kelley, a global co-leader of the white collar and securities litigation practice of Dechert LLP and former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, has cultivated a revered reputation for his defense of high-profile matters involving sensitive white collar litigation and investigations before major regulatory bodies. His more than three decades of experience span a diverse range of commercial litigation and federal securities as well as grand jury investigations, prosecutions and congressional inquiries. As an experienced trial lawyer and investigator, Mr. Kelley represents multinational and domestic public companies, boards of directors, audit committees, and individuals, including officers and directors, on issues arising across a broad spectrum of industries, including defense, energy, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, financial services, infrastructure, insurance, oil and gas, and retail.
Lauded as a “brilliant enforcement lawyer,” Mr. Kelley advises clients around the globe on complex business crime disputes and litigates high-stakes external investigations before federal and state government regulators and prosecutors. (Chambers USA 2016) He has appeared in courts and before regulatory bodies across the United States, and abroad, including the SEC, DOJ, Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve Bank, State Attorneys General, Inspector Generals of various government agencies, and the UK Financial Conduct Authority. Mr. Kelley also has significant experience conducting a variety of internal investigations concerning accounting fraud and irregularities, earnings management, option backdating, commercial bribery, and personnel misfeasance.