JOHN J. KENNEY, a partner of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney, LLP, joined the firm in 2007. Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner at Simpson Thacher and Bartlett, specializing in complex civil and criminal litigation, government investigations, and corporate governance and compliance law.
Mr. Kenney has extensive experience in state and federal trials and appeals. Mr. Kenney’s trials have included securities fraud under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, breach of contract and product liability cases. He has tried cases in state and federal courts, the great majority of which were jury trials, and argued appeals in the United States Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Fifth and Eighth Circuits and various state appellate courts.
Mr. Kenney served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York for nine years (1971-1980), the last three as the Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney.
Mr. Kenney has conducted internal corporate investigations, including allegations of securities fraud, violations of the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the Investment Advisors 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, anti-trust and environmental violations and other matters. He 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. Mr. Kenney has represented a number of witnesses in hearings and investigations by the committees of U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.
Mr. Kenney is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers where he was the Chair of the Committee on the Federal Rules of Evidence and is currently a member of the Committee on the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. He is formerly a member of the New York Departmental Disciplinary Committee, Appellate Division, First Department and is active in various Bar Associations. He is a former member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association, President of the Federal Bar Council and President of the New York County Lawyers’ Association, and he is the former Chair of the Committee on Criminal Law of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
Mr. Kenney is listed in Best Lawyers in America (Corporate Governance and Compliance Law and Criminal Defense/White Collar Crime). He is a published author on legal topics.
Mr. Kenney is active in various charitable and educational institutions. He is a Director of the Fordham Law School Alumni Association and a Director of the American Association for the International Commission of Jurists, Inc. He is a Trustee of Bennington College, Vermont, a Director of Poetry Foundation, Chicago, Illinois and a past Trustee of Historic Deerfield, Inc., in Deerfield, Massachusetts. He is a Director of the Citizens Crime Commission of the City of New York.
He received his B.A. from St. Michael’s College in 1966 and his J.D. from Fordham University Law School in 1969.