Nader Salehi > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C., 20004
United States
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Nader Salehi is a partner in the Government, Regulatory and Internal Investigations Practice Group in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Nader represents clients in high-profile and complex internal and government investigations, and has counseled investment banks, asset managers and public companies in matters of enterprise-wide significance. He has led clients through significant matters involving the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and other federal and state regulators.

His enforcement practice often involves the defense of complex trading and valuation issues, particularly those involving allegations of insider trading, manipulation, and financial misstatements. Nader is a frequent speaker at major industry events, including the SIFMA C&L Annual Conference and PLI’s Broker Dealer Regulation and Enforcement Conference.


Nader has been recognized regularly as a leading lawyer in the area of securities regulation and enforcement by Chambers USA, where he is described by clients as “a phenomenal lawyer,” a “go-to for sensitive internal investigations,” and “an insightful counsel in difficult situations.” He also has been recognized consistently as one the Best Lawyers in America for Securities and Capital Markets matters. Nader began his career in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement in Washington, D.C.


Member, The Association of SEC Alumni

Member, SEC Historical Society

Member, The American Bar Association


  • University of Richmond School of LawJ.D.1995
  • University of RichmondM.B.A.1995
  • University of VirginiaB.A.1992

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The ‘diverse and very intelligent and experienced’ team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a wealth of experience in dealing with high-profile investigations by enforcement authorities for both individuals and corporate clients. On the individual’s side, the firm has considerable experience in representing senior executives in House and Senate inquiries. Practice heads Mark Filip and Asheesh Goel work across the Washington DC and Chicago offices, and oversee a team which includes former DOJ, SEC and FTC attorneys. Filip is recommend for enforcement defense and internal investigations, while Goel is recommended for securities enforcement, FCPA matters, economic sanctions and money laundering matters. Brigham Cannon handles white-collar and regulatory defense, and also compliance matters. In September 2021, the team was strengthened with the arrival of Nader Salehi from Sidley Austin LLP and Kyle DeYoung from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; and in Dallas with the joining of Erin Nealy Cox. Erica Williams left for an in-house role at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) in early 2022. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.