Paul V. Kelly: Lawyer with Jackson Lewis P.C.

Paul V. Kelly

Boston,  MA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Collegiate and Professional Sports
  • White Collar and Government Enforcement
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Government Contractors
  • Health Care
  • Sports and Entertainment
  • Technology and Telecom
University Boston College, B.A., Sociology, magna cum laude, 1977
Law SchoolUniversity of Toledo College of Law, J.D., 1980
Admitted1980, Ohio (inactive); 1982, 1st Circuit Court of Appeals; 2015, Colorado - D. Colo.; 1982, Massachusetts - D. Mass.; 1982, Massachusetts

Professional Associations and Activities

American Bar Association
Boston Bar Association
International Association of Defense Counsel
National Association of College and University Attorneys
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Sports Lawyers Association


Paul V. Kelly is a Principal in the Boston, Massachusetts, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has extensive experience in white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, complex civil litigation and crisis management.Mr. Kelly is the firm's White Collar and Government Enforcement Practice Group Leader. A former sports industry executive, he is also one of the firm's Collegiate and Professional Sports Practice Group Leaders.

Criminal Law and White Collar Experience

Mr. Kelly has substantial trial experience in both state and federal courts. He was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts for 10 years (1987-1996) during which time he prosecuted a wide array of federal criminal violations, including racketeering, fraud, corruption, money laundering and murder. Upon leaving the Department of Justice, he focused his practice on defending companies, business executives and others being investigated or prosecuted for the alleged commission of criminal offenses. Included among the matters he handled successfully are workplace enforcement actions, bid-rigging and fraud charges brought against defense contractors, alleged securities fraud and other financial crimes by corporate executives, fraud offenses brought against health care providers, pharmaceutical companies, and their employees, and alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

While in private practice, Mr. Kelly has had significant experience in conducting internal investigations for companies, insurers, colleges and universities, governmental entities and other clients. By way of example:

•He conducted an extensive internal investigation on behalf of a private security company that screened passengers on two of the doomed flights in connection with the 9/11 terrorist attacks, to determine whether employees of the company engaged in any criminal, reckless or negligent conduct.

•He served as a special prosecutor/legal advisor to the Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago and conducted a series of criminal investigations of suspected bribery, bid-rigging and other corrupt activities by former government officials and private parties within that country. Evidence developed resulted in criminal charges being laid in multiple cases.

•He has conducted several internal investigations for companies in the construction, financial services, technology, health care and hospitality industries involving alleged wrongdoing by company employees, subcontractors and outside vendors. These matters have involved acts of fraud, embezzlement, payment or receipt of bribes and kickbacks, theft of trade secrets and proprietary data, and falsification of records.

•He represented a billionaire entrepreneur and investigated receipt of extortionate threats and harassment by a third party/stalker. Upon development of sufficient evidence, he convinced federal authorities to pursue criminal charges and against the offender. When the offender fled the country, he successfully tracked down the fugitive and helped to convince authorities in the host country to extradite the fugitive back to the United States to face prosecution.

Civil Litigation Experience

Mr. Kelly also has significant experience as a civil litigator.
•Successfully represented a municipality and several police officials in a civil rights action
•Successfully defended a prominent attorney charged with ethics violations
•Successfully argued the appeal of a class action lawsuit alleging violations of the state wiretap statute by a telecommunications company before the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
•Successfully represented professional athletes in civil, criminal and administrative proceedings

Collegiate and Professional Sports Experience

In addition to his background as a trial attorney, Mr. Kelly has management and legal experience within collegiate and professional sports. He served as Executive Director of the National Hockey League Players Association, representing the 740 players of the NHL. He understands collective bargaining, salary cap management, franchise acquisition and location, player discipline, health and safety, drug testing, equipment issues, and the grievance and arbitration process. Upon leaving the NHL, Mr. Kelly established and thereafter served as Executive Director of College Hockey, Inc., the recruiting and promotional arm of NCAA Division I men's hockey. Mr. Kelly has substantial working knowledge of NCAA bylaws and regulations, enforcement proceedings, and the challenges faced by collegiate athletic programs in such areas as recruiting, regulatory compliance, conference alignment and student-athlete behavior. He has served as a Board member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and a member of the International Council of USA Hockey.

Honors and Recognitions

The Best Lawyers in America
The Hockey News, 50 most influential people in the sport of hockey (2007-2011)
•U.S. Department of Justice, Director's Award for Superior Performance (1992)


Corporate Compliance & White Collar Advisor

August 24, 2015

Authored by Robert J. Cino (Morristown, NJ) When the Supreme Court of New Jersey held in Quinlan v. Curtiss-Wright Corp., 204 N.J. 239 (2010) that an employee's unauthorized taking of an employer's confidential documents can constitute protected activity when the documents are used in support of a discrimination claim.

By Paul V. Kelly

Corporate Compliance & White Collar Advisor

Federal White Collar Crime Prosecutions at 20-Year Low
August 12, 2015

Written by Peter Torncello Federal prosecutions of white-collar crime have fallen to a 20-year low, researchers at Syracuse University, analyzing Justice Department documents, have concluded. Researchers found the federal government brought 5, 173 white-collar crime cases in the first 9 months of 2015.

By Paul V. Kelly

Corporate Compliance & White Collar Advisor

Federal White Collar Crime Prosecutions at 20-Year Low
August 12, 2015

Written by Peter Torncello Federal prosecutions of white-collar crime have fallen to a 20-year low, researchers at Syracuse University, analyzing Justice Department documents, have concluded. Researchers found the federal government brought 5, 173 white-collar crime cases in the first 9 months of 2015.

By Paul V. Kelly

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November 20, 2015

Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Publishes Q3 Diversity Committee Newsletter

November 20, 2015

Please enjoy our Diversity Committee Newsletter for the third quarter of 2015. A best practice of our firm, it includes personal, diversity-focused messages from our Diversity Committee Chair and Diversity Committee Manager, and highlights diverse attorney promotions, diversity-related activities, sponsorships and events the firm has

August 17, 2015

Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2016

August 17, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 17, 2015) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country's preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 137 of the firm's attorneys have been named to the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers. In addition, 10 attorneys were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective

June 23, 2015

The Boston Globe

Paul Kelly Comments on Fugitive TelexFree Inc. Principal

June 23, 2015

Paul Kelly comments on Carlos Wanzaler, fugitive TelexFree Inc. principal in the Boston Globe's Carlos Wanzeler, fugitive TelexFree principal, to stay in Brazil. Subscription may be required to view article.


February 24

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Hartford Breakfast Series - Managing the Serious Workplace Threat

February 24, 2016
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Jackson Lewis P.C.
90 State House Square, 8th Floor
Hartford, CT 06103

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FBI Announces New Focus on FCPA Violations
David R. Jimenez,Conrad S. Kee,Paul V. Kelly,Robert L. Peabody, March 30, 2015
An official of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) recently reported that the Agency has established three new squads of enforcement officials and stands ready to deploy them to the FBI’s three largest field offices. Jeffrey Sallet, the head of the Agency’s public corruption and...

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Paul V. Kelly

75 Park Plaza, 4th Floor
BostonMA 02116


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