Thomas J. Kelly

Phone: (202) 230-5360 (202) 230-5360


Thomas J. Kelly represents clients in white collar defense matters, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations, procurement fraud cases, and cases under the False Claims Act. He has represented corporations, directors and officers, employees, and individuals in high-profile criminal and administrative matters throughout the United States.

Much of Tom’s defense work has centered on clients who are under investigation for alleged violations of environmental criminal laws and workplace safety regulations. These clients have included corporations and individuals in energy and oil services, shipping, environmental laboratories, pharmaceuticals, banking and non-banking financial services, and government contracting.

Tom also brings a wealth of experience in international matters, having directed or conducted corporate investigations in Russia, India, Great Britain, China, France and Switzerland on behalf of businesses, financial institutions and the World Bank.

Tom has extensive administrative experience, including representing companies and executives in investigations brought by the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the U.S. Postal Service.

Before entering private practice, Tom served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, D.C. In this role, he tried more than 35 jury trials.

Tom is actively committed to pro bono work and public service, taking on several pro bono cases each year. In 1991, he established a free legal clinic in Washington, D.C., that is now part of the District’s Bread for the City agency. Tom has served on the board of directors of both Bread for the City and the Neighborhood Legal Services Program.


  • Represented cast iron pipe manufacturer in one of the first worker safety prosecutions brought by the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Defended a Fortune 500 energy company against environmental criminal charges.


Top Lawyer for Environmental Litigation, Washingtonian Magazine

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Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia


  • Catholic University of America, J.D., 1980
  • La Salle College, B.A., 1976

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California


  • American Bar Association, Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law, vice chair
  • District of Columbia Bar Association