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 counseled investment banks, asset managers and public companies in matters of enterprise-wide significance. He has led clients through significant matters involving the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and other federal and state regulators.

His enforcement practice often involves the defense of complex trading and valuation issues, particularly those involving allegations of insider trading, manipulation, and financial misstatements. 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 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


“Should Whitsleblowers 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

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 2019, 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, 23, 2018

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

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

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

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


Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business – Securities: Regulation: Enforcement, 2012–2020

Best Lawyer in Securities Law, The Best Lawyers in America, 2011–2020

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