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Government Experience

  • Department of Justice: United States Attorney's Office—Eastern District of New York: Acting U.S. Attorney; Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney (2014-2016); Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division; Chief, Violent Crimes & Terrorism Section; Assistant U.S. Attorney (1999-2010)


  • University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce, B.S. (1986)
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. (1993)


  • New York

Investigations – Under Pressure and Out of Time

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Crowell & Moring's Litigation Forecast 2017

Litigation Forecast 2017

Kelly T. Currie

 Partner New York
Phone: +1 212.895.4257
590 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10022-2544

Kelly Currie is chair of Crowell & Moring's Investigations Practice, and is a member of the White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement Group and the Litigation & Trial Department. He is a former federal prosecutor and an experienced trial lawyer who represents companies and individuals in government investigations, white collar criminal defense matters, regulatory enforcement actions, and corporate internal investigations. Kelly, who was a partner at Crowell & Moring from 2010 to 2014, returned to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York in late 2014. Kelly served as Acting U.S. Attorney for the EDNY following the confirmation of Loretta E. Lynch as U.S. Attorney General. In that capacity, he was responsible for all criminal and civil litigation in the district on behalf of the United States and supervised more than 175 Assistant U.S. Attorneys. He oversaw a number of high-profile matters, including the investigation and indictment of dozens of high-ranking FIFA officials and sports marketing executives on charges related to alleged bribery and kickback schemes corrupting FIFA and other international soccer governing bodies. In overseeing the EDNY's Civil Division, Kelly supervised investigations and matters involving the False Claims Act and the Financial Institution Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA). Prior to Ms. Lynch’s confirmation, Kelly served as Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney. Kelly returned to Crowell & Moring in 2016.

Earlier in his career, Kelly served for over a decade as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the EDNY, including as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division and Chief of the Violent Crimes & Terrorism Section. In addition to his supervisory responsibilities, Kelly personally led numerous complex, global investigations and prosecutions, including those involving violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), money laundering, export control violations, and financing of terrorist organizations. Kelly has tried over fifteen federal jury trials to verdict and argued over a dozen cases before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. His trials have involved securities and wire fraud, money laundering, international terrorist financing, multi-defendant RICO prosecutions, and tax fraud.

In addition to his service as a federal prosecutor, Kelly has extensive experience in international negotiations and dispute resolution. From 1996 to 1998, he served as a senior advisor to former U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell, who chaired the Northern Ireland Political Negotiations. The negotiations resulted in the historic Good Friday Agreement. In 2001, Kelly again served as a senior advisor to Senator Mitchell in his role as chairman of an international fact-finding commission on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Selected representations include:

  • International financial institution in connection with U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation of money laundering and kleptocracy.
  • Global professional services firm in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation related to business transactions in the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Managing director at a U.S. investment bank in a DOJ and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation of possible FCPA violations in Asia.
  • Internal investigation for publicly-traded Fortune 100 company related to products liability.
  • National transportation corporation in a state criminal grand jury investigation.
  • Executives at an international bank in a DOJ investigation of foreign currency exchange (forex) trading.
  • Traders and other professionals at financial institutions in criminal and regulatory investigations by DOJ, SEC, and CFTC of alleged manipulation of benchmark rate settings and associated derivatives trading.   
  • Represented executives of a pharmaceutical company in a DOJ criminal and civil False Claims Act investigation.
  • Executives and other professionals of financial institutions in connection with DOJ, SEC, and state attorneys general investigations regarding residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS).
  • Compliance professional at a major energy company in DOJ criminal investigation and related civil litigation resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Kelly was in private practice at an international firm where he represented corporations and individuals in white collar criminal defense matters and securities litigation.

Kelly was named a top-rated white collar lawyer by Super Lawyers in 2018. In 2008, the Eastern District Association, comprised of alumni of the Eastern District of New York U.S. Attorney's Office, presented Kelly with the Charles E. Rose Award for his outstanding service as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. He is also a recipient of the New York County Lawyer's Association Public Service Award.

Kelly has served as a panelist and faculty member at Department of Justice and bar association conferences related to white collar prosecutions, federal criminal practice, and national security matters.


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