Cathy Gonzales O'Kelly > Vedder Price > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Vedder Price
CHICAGO, IL 60601-1003
United States

Work Department

Investment Services




As the Co-Chair of the firm’s Investment Services group, her practice includes representation of mutual funds and their boards of directors, money managers, broker-dealers, banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions in connection with investment company, investment adviser, broker-dealer and insurance product matters, including securities, regulatory, product design and transaction counseling.

Ms. O’Kelly counsels boards of directors of investment companies, and in particular independent directors, on their special responsibilities. 

Ms. O’Kelly began her legal career with the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC, where she worked on the Investment Company Act Special Study and served as Special Counsel in the Division of Investment Management until 1983.

Ms. O’Kelly is co-author of an article published in the DePaul Business Journal entitled “Soft Dollars and Other Traps for the Investment Adviser: An Analysis of Brokerage Placement Practices.” She has served as Chair of the Investment Company Subcommittee of the Chicago Bar Association. Ms. O’Kelly has also served as a trustee of the College of William and Mary Foundation.


  • Past Chair, Investment Company Subcommittee, Chicago Bar Association
  • Member, The Chicago Network


  • University of Virginia, J.D., 1978
  • College of William and Mary, A.B., 1975

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Investment fund formation and management > Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds

The ‘tight knit group of professionals‘ at Vedder Price leverages its ‘exceptional industry knowledge‘ and ‘superb command of the 1940 Act‘ to advise hundreds of separate open- and closed-end registered funds, varying in size from assets of less than $5bn over $100bn. The group regularly assists clients with the organization and registration of new funds, exemptive applications and no-action requests, governance matters, regulatory and compliance issues, SEC examinations, and contracts – including those relating to advisory, custody, brokerage and transfer agency services. In Chicago, Cathy Gonzales O’Kelly focuses her practice on the representation of registered investment companies and their boards of directors, while over in Washington DC, Bruce Rosenblum is predominantly instructed by mutual fund and EFT independent directors. The team also has a presence in the New York office, where Jeremy Senderowicz is a key name to note.