William J. Kelly

Attorney in New York, NY
Bill Kelly provides comprehensive legal services to accountants and related financial professionals, including brokers and business managers. In addition to defending accounting firms in malpractice and other litigation, Bill provides advice and representation in connection with risk management, government investigations, commercial negotiations, and partnership and practice issues.

Among his current engagements, Bill is representing accounting firms in several malpractice actions arising from the Chinese reverse merger phenomenon in which entities formed through the merger of Chinese companies into U.S. companies and traded on U.S. stock exchanges have been found to be fraudulent. Bill also has defended clients in RICO, breach of contract and general business disputes and has counseled accounting firms and individual accountants in connection with civil and criminal governmental investigations.

With an in-depth understanding of the services accountants provide as well as how they conduct their practice, Bill translates this knowledge into effective presentations to judges and juries. He appreciates the issues of most importance to accountants and recognizes what they need from their legal counsel in order to keep their practice moving forward in the face of litigation or investigation.


Evolving International Regulations on Client Data Put More Pressure on Accounting Firms
May 22, 2014

New Rules Proposed by PCAOB Include Sweeping Changes for Audit Reports
November 11, 2013


The Good the Bad & The Ugly: Your Tax Practice, Professional Standards & Trouble
February 2012


Accountants Team Scores Victory in Defending Securities Fraud Claim Involving China-Based Company
August 9, 2013

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Areas of Law

  • Accountants
  • e-Discovery


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Admission Details

Admitted in New York
U.S. Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court

Law School Attended

St. John's University School of Law
Class of 2000
cum laude

University Attended

Binghamton University
Class of 1997

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Office Information
William J. Kelly
 150 East 42nd Street,
New York, NY 10017-5639

Maintains an office in multiple locations

Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP (New York, New York)

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