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John J. Kenney



John J. Kenney focuses on complex civil and criminal litigation, government investigations, and corporate governance and compliance law. John has extensive experience in state and federal trials and appeals in both civil and criminal cases. His trials have included securities fraud, breach of contract, and product liability cases. He has tried over 70 cases in 16 different state and various federal courts, the majority of which were jury trials, and has argued appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First, Second, Fifth, and Eighth Circuits, and various state appellate courts.

John has conducted internal corporate investigations, including allegations of securities fraud, violations of the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the Investment Advisers Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and bank fraud. He has represented clients before various government agencies including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Office of Government Ethics. He has represented witnesses before various federal and state grand juries relating to securities fraud, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, antitrust and environmental violations, and other matters.

John has experience in foreign litigation issues including requests between foreign governments and the United States in aid of criminal investigations. He has also represented clients in connection with foreign criminal investigations, including criminal tax charges by the Republic of Italy. John has represented a number of witnesses in hearings and investigations by the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate committees.

Formerly an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York for nine years, including three years as the Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney, John is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Prior to joining Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney as a name partner in 2007, he was a litigation partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.


United States Department of Justice John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement

­Who’s Who Legal Business Crime Defense (2017-2018)

­The National Law Journal White Collar Crime Trailblazer (2018)

­New York Metro Super Lawyers (2006-2020)

­Best Lawyers in America (Business Litigation, Corporate Governance, Compliance Law, and Criminal Defense/White Collar Crime) (2018-2019)


­Bennington College, Vermont, Trustee and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee

­Poetry Foundation, Chicago, Chairman of the Board

­American Association for the International Commission of Jurists, Inc., Director

­Fordham Law School Alumni Association, Director

­New York County Lawyers Association, President

­Federal Bar Council, President

­American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow (Chair of the Committee on the Federal Rules of Evidence and member of the Committee on the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure)

­American Bar Association

­New York City Bar Association, Chair, Criminal Law Committee

­New York Departmental Disciplinary Committee, Appellate Division, First Department

­New York State Bar Association, Executive Committee



­Represented a co-defendant of the majority leader of the New York State Senate in a four-week jury trial in federal court in Manhattan on corruption charges.

­Represented a British inspection company, with co-counsel, in a three-week non-jury refinery explosion case in federal court in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

­Represented the former CFO of a publicly held company in a 10-week jury trial on criminal securities fraud charges in federal court in Manhattan.

­Represented an international testing company against claims in a class action seeking recovery for personal injury and property damage arising from the explosion of an oil storage terminal in Puerto Rico.

­Represented an officer and head U.S. dollar swaps trader at a major international bank in an investigation by the Department of Justice, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, and other regulatory agencies into the setting of LIBOR rates.

­Represented the head energy trader of a major international bank in a FINRA investigation into the receipt and use of rumor/inside information.

­Represented a major U.S. asset management company in an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission into whether the method of obtaining funds from sovereign wealth fund and foreign pension funds violates U.S. laws and regulations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

­Represented companies and individuals in connection with government investigations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.




  • ­Bar of the State of New York
  • ­U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • ­U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • ­U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • ­U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
  • ­U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • ­U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • ­U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • ­U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • ­U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • ­U.S. Supreme Court


St. Michael’s College (B.A. 1966)

Fordham University Law School (J.D. 1969)

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