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Jessica R. Spradling

Jessica Spradling Kelman Senior Associate, Government Investigations & White Collar Criminal Defense

Jessica’s principal areas of practice are white-collar criminal litigation, government enforcement and internal investigations, and civil litigation.  She has significant experience advising clients facing potential civil or criminal liability under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the False Claims Act, and antitrust and competition laws. She also counsels companies on the design and implementation of robust compliance policies and controls. The following is a list of representative matters in which Jessica has assisted.

Experience Highlights

  • Represented the Audit Committee of a major U.S. technology company before the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission in multiple, parallel Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations at the company’s foreign operations around the world
  • Counseled an international public company on a complete rebuild of its compliance program, including drafting policies and procedures, establishing an internal compliance hotline, and conducting compliance training sessions around the world

Civil Litigation

  • (C.D. Cal.) – Represented a major pharmaceutical company in False Claims Act litigation involving allegations of kickbacks and improper marketing of twelve different drugs
  • (C.D. Cal.) – Represented a major city in False Claims Act litigation involving allegations of false certifications made in connection with more than a billion dollars in H.U.D. block grants
  • (N.D. Cal.) - Represented a major Japanese electronics company and its U.S. subsidiary in two nationwide antitrust class actions and three opt-out lawsuits involving allegations of price-fixing in the lithium ion battery industry 
  • (D.N.D) –Represented a third-party payment processor and its executives in regulatory action brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau alleging that the company had violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act by enabling consumer lenders and debt collectors to make purportedly illegal debits from consumer accounts
  • (Pa. Supr. Ct) -- Represented a savings and loan institution accused of violating the Banking Secrecy Act in connection with a Ponzi scheme run by a depositor

Internal & Government Investigations

  • Represented an oilfield services company in a significant anti-corruption investigation involving the company’s business in West Africa and the Middle East
  • Conducted an internal whistleblower investigation for a publicly traded company regarding allegations of material misstatements in public securities disclosures
  • Conducted internal investigations for public universities regarding sexual assault and Title IX compliance 
  • Conducted an internal whistleblower investigation on behalf of a combination drug/device manufacturer into whether the company had manufactured products in violation of current good manufacturing practices (cGMP) as required by the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act
  • Represented a marketing executive of a major pharmaceutical company accused of misbranding a lung cancer drug in violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act  


Contact Details

San Francisco

T +1.415.979.6931
F +1.415.723.7793
jkelman@velaw.com
555 Mission Street
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Jessica's Practices

  • Stanford Law School, J.D., 2011 (Senior Book Notes Editor, Stanford Journal of International Law)
  • Dartmouth College, A.B., English magna cum laude, 2006
  • Admitted to practice: Massachusetts; California
  • Law clerk to The Honorable Kermit V. Lipez, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 2012–2013
  • Member: Young Lawyer’s Committee of the Women's White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA)