Kelsey McGregor


McGregor, Kelsey

Kelsey McGregor focuses her practice on a variety of complex litigation/controversy matters. Ms. McGregor has experience with high-stakes investigations and government enforcement actions, and has counseled companies and universities on a range of compliance issues including civil rights, anti-discrimination and campus sexual assault.­ She also represents private and public clients in commercial litigation and criminal defense.

Ms. McGregor maintains an active pro bono practice focused on human rights and combating trafficking in persons.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. McGregor trained in human rights and international criminal law, performing work for the Appeals Chambers of the International Criminal Court; the Special Tribunal for Lebanon; and the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, in The Hague, The Netherlands. Ms. McGregor worked as a law clerk for the Human Rights & Special Prosecutions Section of the US Department of Justice, and for the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons Unit at the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime in Vienna, Austria.

Ms. McGregor has extensive public service experience, including work as a program reform consultant for the International Rescue Committee. She performed research for her Public Health graduate thesis on human trafficking while working at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

Publications & News


March 5, 2018

Department of Justice Launches New Initiative to Combat Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

On February 28, 2018, the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Civil Rights Division announced a new Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Initiative (SHWI) that will focus on combating workplace sexual harassment in the public sector.

August 2, 2017

Ninth Circuit Applies the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act of 2016 to Revive Previously Dismissed Nazi-Era Art Appropriation Case

On July 10, 2017, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit became the first circuit court to apply the six-year statute of limitations from the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act of 2016 (HEAR Act). In Cassirer v. Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Found., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 12265 (9th Cir. Cal. July 10, 2017), the Ninth Circuit revived a Nazi-era art appropriation case that the district court had dismissed in 2015, after finding the plaintiffs' claims to a Camille Pissaro painting to be timely under the HEAR Act, and finding triable issues of fact—principally under Spanish law—regarding transactions involving the painting.

July 13, 2017

Hobby Lobby Forfeits Thousands of Ancient Iraqi Artifacts, Pays $3M, and Admits Fault to Settle Civil Forfeiture Action

The US government's settlement with Hobby Lobby on July 5, 2017 is part of its broader effort to combat trafficking in looted antiquities from the war-torn Middle East and to reduce market demand for such objects by punishing participants in the black market. This WilmerHale Client Alert was republished on NYU Law's Compliance & Enforcement blog.

August 8, 2016

Three Things To Know About New California Labor Trafficking Law

In this article published by Law360, Chris Casamassima, Sonia Fleury and Kelsey McGregor detail recent changes to California's labor trafficking policy, and three key compliance steps that companies should be aware of.

January 4, 2016

"Raped a Second Time": The Mental Health Impact of Campus Sexual Assault Investigation and Adjudication

18 Quinn. Health Law Review 401 (2016)

November 2, 2015

Human Trafficking and U.S. Asylum: Embracing the Seventh Circuit’s Approach

88 Southern California Law Review 1 (2015)

February 2, 2015

Technology & Labor Trafficking in a Network Society

Report contributor, USC Annenberg Center on Communication, Leadership & Policy

August 4, 2014

Global Report on Trafficking in Persons

Report contributor, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime publication, Sales No. E.14.V.10

December 6, 2013

How Do Social Determinants Affect Human Trafficking in Southeast Asia, and What Can We Do About It? A Systematic Review

15 Harvard Health and Human Rights Journal 2 (2013) (co-authored with Lindsay McEwing)


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JD, University of Southern California Law School, 2015, Senior Submissions Editor, Southern California Law Review; Edward S. & Eleanor J. Shattuck Award; Scribes Award; WLALA Fran Kandel Public Service Grant

MPH, Brigham Young University, 2012, Federal Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellow

BS, Public Health, minor in International Development, Brigham Young University, 2010

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