Bar Admissions

  • New York


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Cornell Law School, 2003
  • M.A., French Language, Middlebury College, 2000
  • B.A., Comparative Literature, Yale University, 1996
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Kan M. Nawaday


A former corruption and fraud prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York, Kan Nawaday is a seasoned trial and appellate lawyer, having tried 15 federal criminal jury trials and briefed and argued numerous federal appeals. During his nearly 9 years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Kan led over 100 investigations and prosecutions, including those involving corruption, bribery, and complex financial fraud; campaign finance fraud; bank, mortgage, and tax fraud; healthcare fraud; government contract and public infrastructure project fraud; money laundering; and art fraud.

Kan is often called upon as a corruption and fraud law commentator by national television news outlets and has appeared on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon and on Bloomberg TV with David Westin. Kan has also spoken on regulatory and criminal law matters relating to blockchain-based investment vehicles, cryptocurrency and initial coin offerings.

Since joining Venable, Kan has represented clients in investigations, white collar, and complex litigation matters. Significant private practice matters in which Kan was the lead or co-lead counsel include:

  • The defense of a nonprofit organization relating to allegations of the mishandling of a sexual harassment investigation, resulting in a successful appellate defense of the organization before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • The defense of a multibillion dollar company in connection with parallel state and federal False Claims Act investigations.
  • The representation of a witness in a state attorney general grand jury proceeding.
  • The representation of employees of a company in connection with a federal criminal investigation.

Significant matters in which Kan was lead or co-lead counsel during his government service include:
  • The prosecution and trial of a union president and a hedge fund founder for an approximately $20 million bribery scheme.
  • The prosecution and trial of the CEO of a construction company and his company for fraud relating to the over $500 million construction of the World Trade Center Freedom Tower and Transportation Hub in New York City.
  • The investigation of a campaign finance fraud scheme relating to the campaign of a high-level public official.
  • The prosecution of the CEO of a national ticket brokerage company for operating an approximately $70 million Ponzi scheme.
  • The prosecution of a medical doctor and two nurses for running a healthcare fraud scheme that defrauded Medicare of approximately $9 million.
  • The prosecution of an attorney for participating in a multi-million-dollar mortgage fraud scheme involving numerous mortgages and properties.

Kan also has significant experience in the areas of asset seizures and art fraud, including the seizure of more than $5 million in perfume inventory from a major perfume distributor convicted of criminal money laundering offenses and the seizure of two stolen Julian Falat paintings, which were successfully returned to the Polish government.

Prior to his tenure at the U.S. Attorney's Office, Kan served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard J. Cardamone (Dec'd) on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

In addition, prior to his public service, Kan worked at a major international firm in New York City, where he litigated multi-state product liability and commercial cases. Kan also practiced at a boutique litigation firm in New York City, where he represented individuals in shareholder securities fraud cases and in securities and antitrust violation investigations conducted by the SEC, the Antitrust Division of DOJ, and the New York State Attorney General's Office.