Kelly B. Kramer: Lawyer with Mayer Brown LLP

Kelly B. Kramer

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.
Phone202 263 3007

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  • Congressional Investigations & Crisis Management
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Banking & Finance Litigation
  • Internal Investigations
  • White Collar Defense & Compliance
Contact InfoTelephone: 202 263 3007
Fax: 202 263 5207
University The College of William & Mary, B.A., cum laude, 1994
Law SchoolUniversity of Pennsylvania, J.D., cum laude, 1997
AdmittedDistrict of Columbia; New York; US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; US District Court for the Southern District of New York; US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; US District Court for the District of Columbia; US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section

Member of the Edward Bennett Williams American Inn of Court

Member of The Barristers in Washington DC


Kelly Kramer is a partner in our Washington DC office and is a co-leader of the firm's White Collar Defense & Compliance practice. He represents companies and individuals in white-collar criminal cases and investigations and other government enforcement and regulatory matters. Kelly recently served as lead trial counsel in high-profile criminal cases against a former member of Congress and the president of one of the largest labor unions in the United States.

Kelly has broad experience in federal criminal and securities laws. He has represented companies and executives in fraud, tax, antitrust and money laundering investigations involving the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Institution Regulatory Authority and state attorneys general. He has particularly extensive experience in public corruption matters. He has represented public officials, lobbyists, companies and executives in both domestic corruption investigations and in cases under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). In addition, Kelly regularly conducts internal investigations on behalf of corporate clients, including pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, telecommunication companies, defense contractors, media companies and lobbying firms.

Much of Kelly's work is global, involving clients in Europe, Asia and the Americas. In one such case, he led a successful effort to dissolve restraining orders imposed on a Cayman Island hedge fund in a case that presented a question of first impression concerning the scope of the USA PATRIOT Act. Kelly's successful defense of that ruling in the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit has been closely watched by the legal media and international criminal lawyers in the United States and abroad.

Kelly has been recognized by Legal 500 for his deep knowledge of the SEC's enforcement procedures. He was highlighted in the publication's 2014 rankings as a tremendous legal mind and tenacious advocate. Clients acknowledge that he and his team are able to engage in rigorous defense in the courtroom. Kelly was selected by Super Lawyers as one of the top white-collar criminal defense lawyers in Washington.


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The Cartel Report: Commentary on Antitrust Enforcement from Around the World
Robert E. Bloch,Kiran S. Desai,Adam L. Hudes,Kelly B. Kramer,Stephen M. Medlock, February 27, 2015
Not too long ago, many countries—perhaps even most countries—either did not criminalize cartel conduct or did not enforce the laws prohibiting cartels. In the past 20 years or so, that has changed dramatically. Today, cartels, “the supreme evil of antitrust,” are unlawful...

Striking the Balance: The Views of International Competition Agencies on the Extraterritorial Application of US Antitrust Law
Robert E. Bloch,Kelly B. Kramer,Stephen M. Medlock, November 14, 2014
Foreign competition authorities have long been concerned about the application of US antitrust law—in particular civil claims for treble damages—to conduct occurring outside the United States. Over the years, courts and Congress have adopted different tests for determining when US...

Ninth Circuit Decision Clarifies the Applicability of US Antitrust Law to Foreign Conduct; Leaves Some Ambiguities
Robert E. Bloch,Kelly B. Kramer,Stephen M. Medlock, July 17, 2014
One of the most important topics in cartel enforcement today is the extent to which the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act (“FTAIA”) limits the extraterritorial reach of the Sherman Act. On July 10, 2014, the Ninth Circuit weighed in on this question by affirming a broad...

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Kelly B. Kramer

1999 K Street, N.W.
WashingtonDC 20006-1101


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