Jackson Lewis P.C.
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 NCAA infractions cases. Mr. Kelly is the firm’s White Collar and Government Enforcement Practice Group Leader. A former sports industry executive, he is also Co-Leader of the firm’s Collegiate and Professional Sports Practice Group.
White Collar and Investigative Experience
Mr. Kelly is a trial attorney with substantial experience in both state and federal courts. He was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts for 10 years, during which time he prosecuted a wide array of federal criminal violations, including racketeering, fraud, corruption, money laundering and murder. Upon leaving government service, he focused his practice on defending companies, executives and others being investigated or prosecuted for the alleged commission of criminal offenses. He has successfully defended cases, or convinced the government not to file charges, in the following areas: health care fraud, bank fraud, securities fraud, trade secret theft, immigration violations, bribery and other forms of corruption, mail and wire fraud, racketeering, cyber crime, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Mr. Kelly has obtained “not guilty” verdicts for clients in several jury trials, both state and federal. Mr. Kelly also has significant experience conducting internal investigations for companies, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, government entities, and professional sports teams.
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These matters have involved acts of fraud, theft, embezzlement, bribery, receipt of kickbacks, theft of trade secrets, and falsification of records.
Civil Litigation Experience
Mr. Kelly also has significant experience as a civil litigator.
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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. Upon leaving the NHL, Mr. Kelly established and served as Executive Director of College Hockey, Inc., representing the 60 institutions that compete in NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey. Mr. Kelly also has substantial working knowledge of NCAA bylaws and regularly represents universities and coaches in NCAA investigations and infractions cases.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the NHL Alumni Association, and is a past Director of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Honors and Recognitions
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)