Paul V. Kelly

Paul V. Kelly: Attorney with Jackson Lewis P.C.
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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)

Blog Posts

Corporate Compliance & White Collar Advisor
Plans to ‘Reframe’ Title IX Enforcement Announced
September 7, 2017

The Trump Administration believes that Obama-era guidance regarding sexual assault on college campuses created a “failed system” that was a “disservice to everyone involved,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said on September 7, 2017.

By Paul V. Kelly

Collegiate & Professional Sports Law
Former NHL Player Receives Probation For Drug Offense
May 6, 2017

Former NHL player Kevin Stevens avoided a federal prison sentence following a hearing this week in U.S. District Court in Boston. Stevens, who played in the NHL for 16 years (1987-2002), including parts of 11 seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins, also starred at Boston College and for the 1988 U.S.

By Gregg E. Clifton and Paul V. Kelly

Corporate Compliance & White Collar Advisor
Department of Justice Renews Commitment to Enforcement of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
May 5, 2017

During his campaign, President Donald Trump raised uncertainty with statements that he disapproved of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Since then, however, the Department of Justice has emphasized its continued enforcement efforts for FCPA violations.

By Paul V. Kelly and Ramsay C. McCullough


February 2, 2017

NLRB General Counsel Concludes Division I Scholarship Football Players are Employees under Labor Law

Scholarship football players in Division I FBS private sector colleges and universities are employees under the National Labor Relations Act, National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Richard F. Griffin has concluded. Accordingly, he explained, the players have all of the rights and protections available to employees under the Act...

January 30, 2017

What to Expect in Criminal Justice Priorities under Attorney General Sessions

Senator Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General would be tough on urban crime, corporate wrongdoers, and immigration violations. An analysis of his recent Senate confirmation testimony, record as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, and public comments as a U.S. Senator, provides a picture of some of the prosecution...

April 1, 2016

Law Enforcement Cannot Freeze Assets Not Tied to Crimes, Supreme Court Rules

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-to-3 decision, has ruled that federal law enforcement may not freeze an accused’s assets needed to pay criminal defense lawyers if the assets are not linked to a crime. Luis v. United States, No. 14-419 (Mar. 30, 2016).A federal statute provides that a court may freeze before trial certain assets...

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October 3, 2017


University of Arizona President Issues a Statement on Retaining Jackson Lewis

University of Arizona President issues a statement on basketball investigation and retaining Jackson Lewis as outside counsel to assist the institution with the Department of Justice's criminal investigation, as well as with potential NCAA matters in UA President's Statement on Basketball Investigation, published by UANews....

August 31, 2017

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Jackson Lewis’ Collegiate Sports and Higher Education Practice Groups Offer Customized Training Programs to Satisfy the NCAA’s New Sexual Assault Training Policy

The NCAA Board of Governors has released a new policy governing institutional obligations to educate student-athletes and staff on sexual violence response and prevention.Under the new policy, all colleges and universities must conduct annual education and training for student-athletes and athletics department employees. The NCAA is...

August 15, 2017

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Best Lawyers in America Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys in Its 2018 Edition

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 193 attorneys, were recognized in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The Best Lawyers lists are...



Title IX Sexual Misconduct - Comprehensive Webinar Series

When November 2, 2016 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

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Title IX Sexual Misconduct - Comprehensive Webinar Series

When October 19, 2016 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

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Title IX Sexual Misconduct - Comprehensive Webinar Series

When October 5, 2016 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

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Areas of Practice (6)

  • Collegiate and Professional Sports
  • White Collar and Government Enforcement
  • Construction
  • Higher Education
  • Healthcare
  • Pharmaceuticals

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
617-305-1263  Phone
(617) 367-2155  Fax
University Attended:
Boston College, B.A., Sociology, magna cum laude, 1977
Law School Attended:
University of Toledo College of Law, J.D., 1980
Year of First admission:
1980, 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

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