Nick Kelman received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2010. While at law school, he received the Gerald Gunther Prize for Outstanding Performance in Criminal Law and worked as a research assistant writing a case book on white-collar crime. He also worked at the Stanford Community Law Clinic, based in East Palo Alto, assisting pro bono in both employment law and criminal expungement matters.
Nick worked at several firms before law school and during the summers of law school doing both patent prosecution and patent litigation work. A neuroscience major and pre-medical student as an undergraduate at Stanford University, he became a member of the Stanford Law and Neurosciences and Stanford Law and Biosciences groups while at law school as well.
Following law school, Nick worked at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York for four years, doing both commercial litigation and internal investigations work. He represented a variety of corporate and financial institutions on both federal and state matters both in a litigation and investigations role. He also worked pro bono on behalf of an imprisoned client, successfully getting him resentenced under the Rockefeller Drug Law Reform Act.
Nick then returned to the San Francisco Bay Area to work at Vinson & Elkins LLP, where he worked almost exclusively doing FCPA investigations, both assisting the SEC/DOJ and for internal company purposes. His work involved investigating various technology companies on the behalf of the company’s boards of directors from complaints arising in China, Russia, India, and Angola.
Additionally, Nick spent a year working for a start-up company developing search platforms, trying to design a next-generation e-discovery product to increase productivity and reduce client expenses based on his experience managing large-scale legal investigations. He also assisted on legal matters for the company.
Nick is admitted to the Bar in both California and New York.