Former Deputy Securities Commissioner of Texas Joins Kelly Hart

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Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP is pleased to announce that Ronak V. Patel joins the firm as a partner in the Litigation Practice Group, Austin office. Mr. Patel’s practice focuses on government investigations and white-collar defense.

“We are pleased to welcome Ronak to Kelly Hart. Ronak’s regulatory experience and background will make him a valuable asset to our law firm,” said Managing Partner, Dee Kelly Jr.

Ronak Patel has extensive regulatory experience with securities regulatory agencies across the U.S. He has served as lead counsel in a number of high profile investigations including Ponzi fraud schemes, broker misconduct, and complex investment products. Mr. Patel is skilled in directing investigations, litigating matters involving investment advisers and breach of fiduciary duty allegations, and has substantial experience with broker-dealer and investment adviser compliance matters.

Andrew Weber, Partner-in-Charge, Kelly Hart Austin office, said “We are excited to have Ronak join our Austin team. His depth and breadth of experience complement our existing efforts to assist clients in navigating administrative and regulatory requirements.”

Prior to joining Kelly Hart, Mr. Patel served as Deputy Securities Commissioner of Texas and worked with the Securities Commissioner to manage the Texas State Securities Board. Prior to assuming the role of Deputy Securities Commissioner, Mr. Patel served as both attorney, since 2003, and Director of Inspections & Compliance, since 2011, of the Texas State Securities Board. Mr. Patel held numerous leadership positions with the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), working with numerous state and federal securities regulators.

Ronak Patel graduated with a B.S. from Baylor University in 1999. He attended St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, and earned his J.D. from Baylor Law School in 2002.

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Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP is a limited liability partnership with more than 150 attorney's in its offices in Fort Worth, Austin, Baton Rouge, Midland, Nacogdoches and New Orleans. Kelly Hart lists among its clients Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, individuals, foundations, investor groups, and governmental entities. Areas of practice include administrative, appellate, aviation, banking and finance, business reorganization and bankruptcy, corporate and securities, energy, environmental, estate planning and probate, healthcare, intellectual property and technology, labor and employment, litigation, nonprofit organizations, oil & gas/energy, public finance, real estate, school law, tax, and white-collar defense. The Kelly Hart & Hallman website can be found at

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