Christopher Kelly serves as the Senior Vice President of Sales Practice Enforcement within FINRA’s Enforcement Department. As Senior Vice President, Mr. Kelly oversees the work of the Enforcement Staff in 14 FINRA District Offices throughout the country. He joined FINRA in 2014 and served as Chief Counsel in FINRA’s North Region until early 2018.
Prior to joining FINRA, Mr. Kelly served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey. In that role, Mr. Kelly supervised more than 35 Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the Office’s white-collar units, including Economic Crimes, National Security, and Cybercrime.
Prior to his promotion to the position of Deputy Chief, Mr. Kelly served as the Chief of the Economic Crimes Unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, where he oversaw the Office’s prosecution of complex economic crimes, including crimes involving insider trading, securities fraud, tax evasion, corporate fraud and embezzlement. Mr. Kelly also served as the lead prosecutor on numerous criminal prosecutions.
Mr. Kelly graduated from Duke University and Harvard Law School. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he was an associate at the law firm Dechert LLP. Mr. Kelly also clerked for the Honorable Joseph E. Irenas, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of New Jersey.