Brian Kelly defends corporations and executives in federal and state investigations of all sorts including healthcare fraud cases, False Claims Act (FCA) allegations, SEC inquiries, internal corporate investigations, insider trading charges, white-collar criminal defense, and NCAA compliance matters. He has tried numerous federal cases including, most notably, the James “Whitey” Bulger case to a successful conclusion. He also recently defended a parent in a month-long federal trial arising from the Varsity Blues investigation.
With 25+ years of experience in government investigations and white-collar defense, I am a nationally recognized former federal prosecutor and high-profile trial attorney. My seasoned judgment and strategic counsel comes from years of experience in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in both Boston and San Diego.
As a federal prosecutor, I handled some of the most sensitive and complex government trials and investigations including RICO, healthcare fraud and abuse, public corruption, bank fraud, money laundering, mail and wire fraud, labor racketeering, union corruption, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations. I also achieved successful results in running major federal investigations in well-known, high-profile cases involving official misconduct, embezzlement, obstruction of justice, perjury, extortion, and homicide.
My background gives me a unique perspective and allows me to protect my clients’ interests by proactively identifying risks and providing an objective assessment of the severity of possible violations, as well as the likely response from government investigators and prosecutors. I help clients develop and implement strategies to mitigate their exposure and damages to their reputations and businesses.
The federal government is more aggressive today than ever before, and this trend will continue as a growing number of white-collar crime and corporate misconduct investigations are being pursued by the DOJ and the SEC.
U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Dartmouth College, B.A., magna cum laude
University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D.
Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly is quoted in this article on whether there’s precedent for former President Trump’s request that a special master be appointed to oversee the review of evidence gathered at his Florida home. Brian explains how a special master is selected, noting that doing so can show neutrality.
Brian Kelly, who prosecuted James “Whitey” Bulger, is quoted extensively in this article looking at why Bulger’s alleged murderers were not charged until years later. Brian comments on Bulger’s prosecution, his placement in a federal prison housing other Boston-based criminals, and what could have led to the delay in charges.
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