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John F. Kaley

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Practice Areas

  • Blue and White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Securities Enforcement, Regulatory, and Broker-Dealer Matters
  • Complex Civil Litigation
  • Internal Investigations, Corporate Compliance and Monitorships
  • Criminal Defense and Appeals
  • Investigative Services


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 enjoyed having the criminal charges dismissed against his client in the KPMG tax shelter prosecution. Recently, Mr. Kaley has obtained a sentence of probation for a doctor that was prescribing opioids without proper examination.  He has also secured a pretrial diversion program in a money laundering case as well as a non-prosecution in different money laundering investigation.  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.


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

Bar Admission

  • New York, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1984

Past Positions

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

Professional Associations

  • Nassau County Bar Association, Member, Ethics Committee
  • Nassau County Bar Association, Former Chair of the Ethics Committee.

Current Employment Position

  • Of Counsel