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Government Experience

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

Education

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

Admissions

  • New York
Kelly T. Currie, Partner New York
kcurrie@crowell.com
Phone: +1 212.895.4257
590 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10022-2544

Kelly Currie is a partner in the firm's New York office, where he is a member of the White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement Group and the firm's Litigation & Trial Department. He is an experienced trial lawyer and a former federal prosecutor who represents companies and individuals in government investigations, white collar criminal defense matters, regulatory enforcement actions, and corporate internal investigations. Mr. Currie, 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 to serve as Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney to then-U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch. Following Ms. Lynch’s confirmation as U.S. Attorney General in April 2015, Mr. Currie served as Acting U.S. Attorney for the EDNY. 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, Mr. Currie supervised investigations and matters involving the False Claims Act and the Financial Institution Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA). Mr. Currie returned to Crowell & Moring in 2016.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Currie 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, Mr. Currie 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. Mr. Currie 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, Mr. Currie 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, Mr. Currie 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.

Representative Engagements:

Before his most recent government service, Mr. Currie's practice at Crowell & Moring focused on representations of companies and individuals in high stakes criminal and regulatory investigations and internal investigations, including:

  • 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 U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation of possible FCPA violations in Asia.
  • Internal investigation for publicly-traded Fortune 100 company.
  • 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.
  • Employees 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 relation to the DOJ criminal investigation and related civil litigation resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.

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

In 2008, the Eastern District Association, comprised of alumni of the Eastern District of New York U.S. Attorney's Office, presented Mr. Currie 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.

Mr. Currie 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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Admitted to practice: New York



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