Ronak V. Patel joins the firm as a partner in the in the litigation section and handles a variety of civil litigation matters for businesses and individuals.

Mr. Patel’s practice focuses on government investigations and white-collar defense. He practices before the Texas State Securities Board, and other state securities regulators, SEC, FINRA, DOJ, CFPB, CFTC, FDIC, FTC, PCAOB and other regulatory and law-enforcement agencies. Mr. Patel represents broker-dealers, investment advisers, hedge funds and other private funds, public companies, audit committees and special committees, asset managers, accountants and lawyers, and other institutions in government investigations, securities law enforcement matters and related litigation. Mr. Patel has served as lead counsel in a number of high profile investigations including Ponzi fraud schemes, broker misconduct, and complex investment products. He is skilled in directing investigations, litigating matters involving investment advisers and breach of fiduciary duty allegations, and has extensive experience with broker-dealer and investment adviser compliance matters.

Before joining Kelly Hart & Hallman, 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 many state and federal securities regulators.

Mr. Patel is a frequent speaker on complex litigation, securities fraud and related regulatory topics for various groups throughout the country. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Austin Bar Association.

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