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John F. Kaley

Partner

John Kaley has extensive experience, both in and out of government service, representing clients in complex criminal and civil litigation matters. As an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 1977-1985, Mr. Kaley served in the Organized Crime Unit investigating and prosecuting not only organized crime cases but also official corruption and bribery, and other advanced types of frauds, including one of the largest toxic dumping cases in the City of New York at the time.

In 1985, Mr. Kaley entered private practice representing clients in sophisticated white-collar criminal and complex commercial litigation matters. Adding public service to his growing private practice, from 1987-1990, he served, on a part-time basis, as Assistant Counsel and then Deputy Counsel to the New York State Commission on Government Integrity, headed by John Feerick of the Fordham University Law School. In that capacity, Mr. Kaley authored portions of the reports submitted to Governor Mario Cuomo, detailing the need for campaign finance reform and revisions to the State’s “Ethics in Government Act” and questioned the Governor at a public hearing on campaign finance reform.

Mr. Kaley’s private clients have included individuals and moderate-sized companies faced with a litigation or business crisis or with the challenge of dealing with a threatening prosecutor. His successes are numerous and he recently enjoyed having the criminal charges dismissed against his client in the KPMG tax shelter prosecution. On occasion, Mr. Kaley also has conducted internal investigations on behalf of his clients and governmental agencies. In one such example, from 1997-2002, Mr. Kaley was appointed by the Department of Investigation of the City of New York to serve as an Independent Private Monitor for a private social services agency, as a condition of continuing its contracts with the City of New York in the wake of allegations of wrongdoing. During his tenure, Mr. Kaley conducted investigations of alleged improper conduct and created and implemented an integrity program for the entire organization.

Education

J.D., St John's University, School of Law, cum laude, 1975
B.A., Marist College, cum laude, 1971
Queens Mary College, London, England, 1969 - 1970

Bar Admissions

New York
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Member, Ethics Committee
  • Chairman, Federal Courts Committee

Past Employment Positions

  • Weinberg, Gross & Pergament LLP, Member, 1987 – 2003
  • HANAC, Inc., Independent Private Monitor, 1997 – 2002
  • New York State Commission on Government Integrity, Deputy Counsel, 1987 – 1990 (part-time)
  • Shaw, Goldman, Licitra, Levine & Weisberg, Member, 1985 – 1987
  • Office of the U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York, Assistant United States Attorney, 1977 – 1985
  • Office of the U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York, Special Assistant United State Attorney, 1976 – 1977