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Dechert LLP
Three Bryant Park, 1095 Avenue of the Americas
NEW YORK, NY 10036-6797
United States
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David N. Kelley, a co-leader of Dechert’s white collar and securities litigation practice 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.



The College of William & Mary, A.B., 1981; New York Law School, J.D., 1986

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United States > Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense

Dechert LLP handles a varied mix of merger-related cases concerning change of control and transactional litigation for private equity funds, sovereign investors and major corporations. The firm has experienced trial lawyers capable of handling matters filed in federal or state courts across the US, including the main corporate litigation hub of Delaware. David Kistenbroker and David Kelley lead the trials, investigations and securities practice from Chicago and New York, respectively. Kistenbroker frequently representing public companies in securities class actions, derivative suits, merger cases, SEC investigations, internal investigations and corporate governance disputes. With Joni Jacobsen and up-and-coming partner Angela Liu—both in Chicago—Kistenbroker advised Molson Coors on matters arising from its $12bn acquisition of SABMiller’s interest in MillerCoors. In New York, key partner Neil Steiner has a similarly diverse practice, acting on behalf of hedge funds, investment advisers, corporations and  senior executives.

United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense

Dechert LLP benefits from a large network of US offices stretching from the East Coast to the West Coast, as well as a strong global presence, that enables it to represent both domestic and international companies and their officers and directors in securities class actions, shareholder derivative suits, mutual fund litigation, internal investigations and regulatory enforcement proceedings. David Kistenbroker in Chicago and David Kelley in New York lead the trials, investigations and securities practice. Clients recognize the firm as having ‘partners with a depth of experience, including several former SEC staffers, who can provide an edge and expertise when dealing with securities claims and issues‘. Among them are New York-based Andrew Levander, who is defending the former CEO and Chairman of Hertz Corporation against allegations of fraud, and deputy chair for strategic growth Matthew Larrabee. Joni Jacobsen in Chicago handles both securities class action litigation and SEC investigations. Veteran securities litigator Michael Kichline joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Philadelphia.