Kelly Warner

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP
Vice Chairs of North
America Midwest
Chapter Leader
Committee Member

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Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: (312) 471-8740

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Kelly Warner helps her clients preserve their organizations and reputations through crisis.

In dozens of complex internal investigations, Kelly has guided clients to identify and root out wrongdoing at all levels of organizations. In response to DOJ, SEC, HHS, and other regulators’ inquiries, Kelly's collaborative and creative approach creates opportunities for her clients to efficiently address the government's interest. In structuring and assessing clients’ compliance programs, she has guided clients to improve programs both proactively and in the face of government interest. In commercial litigation, she has led teams of attorneys prosecuting and defending high stakes actions in state and federal courts nationwide.  Kelly has particular experience in representing clients in the healthcare, medical device, and long term care industries, in government investigations, internal inquiries, anti-corruption assessments, compliance counseling, and civil litigation.  Kelly has also represented a number of clients investigated for public corruption by the DOJ and its Fraud and Antitrust Divisions.  Kelly has also served as an Assistant Special Prosecutor appointed to investigate police officers involved in connection with the shooting of Chicago teenager Laquan McDonald.

Kelly’s ability to communicate and bring people together includes a cutting-edge knowledge of technology and the law. Kelly assists clients in planning for and managing their cybersecurity risk, and guides clients through cybersecurity breaches, from investigation through notice to regulators.  Kelly has represented clients in a number of data breaches, including as a result of ransomware, employee mistake, and nefarious actors. Kelly also assists clients in proactively addressing data privacy requirements.

Kelly has partnered with clients in a range of industries, including healthcare, energy, technology, industrial manufacturing, cybersecurity, transportation, and youth services, to conduct internal investigations, prosecute and defend interests in litigation, conduct assessments of compliance programs, to develop and revise internal compliance policies and procedures, including codes of conduct, investigations, dealer due diligence, anti-bribery and litigation readiness policies, and to train employees on compliance. She has investigated and litigated cases involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), anti-kickback statutes, healthcare fraud, data privacy and cyber breach, public corruption and official misconduct, environmental and securities fraud, defamation, trade-secret misappropriation, sexual harassment, and unfair competition. 

Kelly is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP-US) and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She has been an adjunct professor of law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She has presented extensively on the ethical implications of technology and cybersecurity. She is the Chicago co-chair of the Women’s White Collar Criminal Defense Association (WWCDA).

Practice Areas

  • Anti-Corruption
  • Compliance Counseling
  • Corporate Governance
  • Crisis Management
  • Cybercrime
  • Due Diligence Investigations
  • Electronic Discovery
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Government Investigations
  • Insider Trading
  • Internal Investigations
  • Privacy, Data Security and Information Law
  • Trade Secrets
  • White Collar Crime