Nader Salehi is a partner in the Government, Regulatory and Internal Investigations Practice Group in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Nader represents clients in high-profile and complex internal and government investigations, and has regularly counseled investment banks, fund managers and public companies in matters of enterprise-wide significance. He has led numerous clients through their most significant matters involving the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and other federal and state regulators.

His enforcement practice often involves the investigation and defense of complex financial and disclosure issues, particularly those involving allegations of insider trading, manipulation and financial misstatements. Nader also regularly advises financial institutions and public companies on the investigation and defense of actual or potential “whistleblower” claims. Nader is a frequent speaker at major industry events, including the SIFMA C&L Annual Conference and PLI’s Broker Dealer Regulation and Enforcement Conference.

Nader has been recognized regularly as a leading lawyer in the area of securities regulation and enforcement by Chambers USA, where he is described by clients as “a phenomenal lawyer,” a “go-to for sensitive internal investigations,” and “an insightful counsel in difficult situations.” He also has been recognized consistently as one of the Best Lawyers in America for Securities and Capital Markets matters. Nader began his career in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement in Washington, D.C.


Thought Leadership


“White-Collar Crime Practice Guide – U.S. Chapter,” Chambers & Partners, October 2022

“Should Whistleblowers Get Paid? It Depends on What for,” Financial News, November 2, 2020

“Framing The Legacy Of The SEC Under Clayton,” Law360, September 2020

“2020 Hindsight: Regulatory Responses to Recent Market Volatility,” Westlaw Journal, July 2020

“Risks of Insider Trading will Return to Haunt Investors,” Daily Telegraph, May 2020

“Regulatory Scrutiny of Manufactured Credit Events,” Bloomberg Law, December 2019

“Trading by Corporate Directors and Their Affiliated Investment Funds,” U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms,” November 2013

“Risks and Rewards of Directorships at Portfolio Companies,” Corporate Secretary, September 2013

“Chapter 10: The Planning Process,” Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel, Vol. 1, 2011–2020

“Chapter 61: Litigation Management by Corporations,” Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts, Third Edition, Vol. 4A, 2010–2020

“How FINRA Encroaches on Attorney Work Product,” Securities Law360, December 2011

“Analyzing the SEC’s First Deferred Prosecution Agreement,’ New York Law Journal, July 2011

“An Analysis of the SEC’s New Cooperation Policies,” New York Law Journal, April 2010

“Commission Alleges Violation of SOX 304,” Securities Docket, August 2009

“§304 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act: New Tool for Disgorgement,” New York Law Journal, May 2008

“What to Expect from SEC Exams,” Securities Law360, January 2008

Speaking Engagements

Moderator, “CCO Liability and the Changing Role of Compliance,” SIFMA C&L Virtual Forum, September 2022

Panelist, “Whistleblower Update – The Impact on Corporations and SEC Enforcement,” Securities Enforcement Forum, September 2022

Panelist, “Broker/Dealer Exams and Enforcement; Compliance and Recordkeeping Obligations,” PLI Fundamentals of Broker-Dealer Regulation, July 2022

Panelist, “Handling a Regulatory Investigation: In-House and Outside Counsel Perspectives,” SIFMA C&L Annual Seminar, March 2022 

Panelist, “Protest and Sports: How Athletes Are Using Their Platforms to Promote Change,” Joint Sidley and Bank of America Diversity and Inclusion Program, November 2020

Moderator, “Ask FINRA: A Panel of Senior FINRA Officials Respond to Your Questions,” SIFMA Webinar Series, May 2020

Moderator, “Broker/Dealer: State Enforcement Initiatives, Developments and Priorities,” PLI Broker/Dealer Regulation and Enforcement, October 2019

Panelist, “Private Client Enforcement Developments,” SIFMA C&L Annual Seminar, March 2019

Panelist, “Broker Dealer Regulation and Enforcement,” Practising Law Institute (PLI), October 2018

Panelist, “Private Client Enforcement Developments,” SIFMA C&L Annual Seminar, March 2018

Panelist, “Identifying and Managing Conflicts of Interest,” SIFMA C&L Annual Seminar, March 2016

Panelist, “Conflicts Management: Retail and Institutional Issues,” SIFMA C&L Annual Seminar, March 2015

Panelist, “The Evolving Role of Legal and Compliance,” SIFMA C&L Annual Seminar, March 2012

Panelist, “U.S. Broker-Dealer Roundtable,” SIFMA C&L Annual Seminar, March 2011

Reviewing Enforcement Actions of the SEC, “States and SROs Concerning Broker/Dealers and Investment Banks,” The 4th IQPC Securities Litigation Conference, May 2008

“Best Practices and Approaches to Internal Investigations,” The 3rd IQPC Securities Litigation Conference, November 2007


Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense, The Legal 500 U.S., 2022

Securities: Regulation: Enforcement, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2012–2022

Best Lawyer in Securities Law, The Best Lawyers in America, 2011–2023

Rising Star, Euromoney LMG, 2015

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, The Association of SEC Alumni

Member, SEC Historical Society

Member, The American Bar Association


Admissions & Qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • New York


  • French
  • Persian


  • University of Richmond School of LawJ.D.1995
  • University of RichmondM.B.A.1995
  • University of VirginiaB.A.1992