Avi D. Kelin is an Associate in the Firm's Newark, NJ office and a member of the Corporate Law & Business Transactions, Commercial Real Estate & Redevelopment, Construction Law & Litigation, Corporate Political Activity Law and Criminal Defense, Investigations & Compliance Practice Groups. Mr. Kelin focuses on the interaction between government and business. He advises businesses, trade associations and individuals on lobbying requirements, campaign-finance law, pay-to-play restrictions, government-ethics rules, and the government-procurement process.
Mr. Kelin assists clients in establishing and operating New Jersey and Federal PACs and Super PACs from the initial registration process to ongoing operating matters. He advises 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organizations on corporate governance and their political activity.
Mr. Kelin advises political candidates on campaign-finance compliance and government officials on ethics requirements as well as on related government investigations and enforcement actions.
As a member of the Firm’s Commercial Real Estate & Redevelopment Practice Group, Mr. Kelin counsels clients on a wide array of commercial leasing and transactional agreements and disputes.
Mr. Kelin also provides counsel to business entities and non-profit organizations on their Corporate Law & Business Transactions needs, including service agreements, bylaws and operating agreements, and policy documents.
In addition, Mr. Kelin concentrates on legal issues surrounding the emerging technology of autonomous vehicles and has written several articles on this topic, including those appearing on NJ.com and in the Commercial Observer. He won the 2014 Howard J. Rudge Scholarship Prize for his paper, “Last Chance Power Drive: Why and How the United States Should Prepare for Autonomous Cars.”
Mr. Kelin served as an Associate of The George Washington International Law Review. His note, "Wanted Dead, Not Alive: Why Canada Should Allow Life Settlements," was published by The George Washington International Law Review in December 2014.