Stephen J.Kenny (Steve)


Washington + 1.202.879.3667

Steve Kenny counsels clients on a wide variety of political law issues and represents clients in high-stakes regulatory, commercial, and constitutional litigation.

He represents candidates, party committees, PACs, corporations, trade associations, nonprofit organizations, and donors seeking to navigate the political process. He advises clients on federal and state campaign finance laws, election administration, lobbying and ethics rules, and pay-to-play laws, including the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA), and the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). He represents clients in Federal Election Commission (FEC) enforcement matters and congressional investigations.

Steve's litigation experience includes matters in the U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals, federal district courts, and state courts. He has represented clients in class action lawsuits, commercial disputes, defamation lawsuits, government contract matters, and challenges to administrative agency actions.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Steve served as counsel for nominations for Chairman Chuck Grassley on the Senate Judiciary Committee where he handled the committee's consideration of nominees to the Supreme Court and lower federal courts as well as nominees to positions in the Department of Justice. At the start of his career, Steve was an associate at a major law firm where he practiced election law and civil litigation.


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