Ra'Shaun Kelley

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in New York, NY

Kelley & Associates, PLLC
 | 250 Park Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10177
Phone: 212-920-5733
Selected to Rising Stars: 2017 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2014
Education: New York Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (40%),
  • Business/Corporate (40%),
  • Securities & Corporate Finance (20%)
Attorney Profile

Ra’Shaun J. Kelley is the managing attorney of Kelley & Associates PLLC. He represents private and public companies in litigation and commercial transactions. His practice focuses on the areas of business, corporate, and securities law. Additionally, Mr. Kelley serves as local counsel and outside general counsel to U.S. and non-U.S. companies from a diversity of industries, advising on matters of corporate structure & finance, business transactions, and regulatory compliance. 

An aggressive litigator, Mr. Kelley represents businesses and individuals in commercial litigation in both State and Federal Courts on matters ranging from ordinary breach of contract claims, to complex shareholder derivative actions. He has a track record of success defending corporate officers, investment advisers, securities professionals and broker-dealers under investigation by the CFTC, FINRA, SEC, and in internal corporate investigations. Additionally, he represents individual investors in FINRA arbitration alleging claims of fraud, unauthorized trading, and unsuitable investments against their broker-dealers. Mr. Kelley's success in the courtroom is complimented by his keen ability to avoid litigation and resolve disputes through negotiation when in the best interests of his clients.

An active member of the legal community, Mr. Kelley is a frequent panelist and speaker on topics related to securities regulation, dispute resolution, financial services, and contract law. Additionally, he is an active member of the American Bar Association Business Law Section where he founded the Young Lawyers Dispute Resolution Committee and served as Director of the Diversity Subcommittee. Other affiliations include the New York State Bar Association, Metropolitan Black Bar Association, and the New York County Lawyers Association.

Mr. Kelley received his Juris Doctorate from New York Law School, where he was a John Harlan Marshall Scholar, an Editor on the New York Law School Law Review, Associate with the Securities Arbitration Clinic, a member of the Dispute Resolution Team, and successfully competed in several negotiation and moot court competitions. Mr. Kelley received his Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany, where he studied business and criminal justice.

Practice Areas

Business Litigation (40%)
Business/Corporate (40%)
Securities & Corporate Finance (20%)

Business Litigation (40%): Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

Business/Corporate (40%): Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations

Securities & Corporate Finance (20%): Securities Law

Focus Areas

Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations, Securities Law


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Rising Stars: 2017 - 2018

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About Ra'Shaun Kelley

Admitted: 2014, New York

Professional Webpage: http://kelley.legal/about-us/the-team

Honors and Awards:

  • Client Choice Award, AVVO, 2016
  • Business Start-up Lawyer of the Year - New York, 2017, Corporate Intl Global Awards, 2016
  • Lead Counsel Verification - Business Law, Lead Counsel, 2016
  • Dispute Resolution Team, Member, New York Law School
  • Securities Arbitration Clinic, Associate, New York Law School
  • New York Law School Law Review, New York Law School, Editor
  • John Harlan Marshall Scholar, New York Law School

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Master of Ceremony - "ADR & the Young Lawyer Symposium" - American Bar Association, 2015
  • Panelist - "Recent Trends in Dispute Resolution Roundtable" ABA Annual Meeting , 2015
  • Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Member, 2014
  • New York City Bar Association, Member, 2014
  • New York State Bar Association, Member, 2014
  • ABA Business Law Section: Young Lawyers ADR Committee - Chair, 2014
  • ABA, Diversity Subcommittee, Director
  • New York County Lawyers Association, Member

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Judge - NYLS Intellectual Property Dispute Resolution Competition, 2016
  • Judge - New York Law School Intramural Dispute Resolution Competition, 2016
  • Provide pro-bono legal counseling to minority business owners., 2016

Representative Clients:

  • Represented a Member/Partner of a New York Corporation in the transfer of his corporate interests and the terms of his separation from the company., 2016
  • Provide general and corporate counsel to various small-medium sized businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs in a variety of industries., 2016
  • Represented a broker in an investigation by FINRA into allegations of unauthorized trading, misrepresentation, and unsuitable investments., 2016
  • Represented the Principal of a major financial institution in an internal investigation into professional conduct and mishandling of trade secrets., 2016
  • Represented a financial advisor in an internal investigation conducted by a large financial institution into violations of firm policies, and allegations of professional misconduct., 2016
  • Represented an investment advisor in an investigation by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission into allegations of fraud relating to the management of investment accounts., 2016

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Business Start-up Lawyer of the Year - New York, 2017
  • SUNY Albany, 2005

Educational Background:

  • SUNY Albany, Bachelor's Degree in Business and Criminal Justice
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Office Location for Ra'Shaun Kelley

250 Park Avenue
7th Floor
New York, NY 10177

Phone: 212-920-5733


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Last Updated: 7/24/2017

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