Stephen J.Kenny (Steve)


Washington + 1.202.879.3667

Steve Kenny represents clients in complex civil, regulatory, and constitutional litigation and counsels clients on a wide variety of regulatory issues.

Steve has represented clients in matters at all levels of federal and state courts. He has successfully briefed two cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and argued a case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Steve has represented clients in litigation arising under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), Voting Rights Act (VRA), Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and the U.S. Constitution. He has litigated several high-profile First Amendment matters, including those involving campaign finance regulations, defamation claims, and anti-SLAPP laws.

Steve also counsels clients on numerous regulatory issues. He has assisted clients in responding to subpoenas and civil investigative demands (CIDs) and has represented clients in connection with government investigations, enforcement matters, and congressional oversight. He has counseled government contractors on issues arising under the False Claims Act (FCA), Anti-Kickback Act (AKA), suspension and debarment, conflicts of interest, and disputes between prime contractors and subcontractors. Steve also advises clients on federal and state campaign finance laws, election administration, lobbying and ethics rules, and pay-to-play laws, including FECA, the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA), and the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

Prior to joining Jones Day, Steve served as counsel for nominations for the Senate Judiciary Committee where he handled the committee's consideration of nominees to the Supreme Court, lower federal courts, and positions in the Department of Justice.


  • National Association of Realtors supports takings challenge to eviction moratoriumJones Day filed an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on behalf of the National Association of Realtors in a Takings Clause case brought by rental property owners against the federal government to obtain just compensation for losses attributable to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) nationwide moratorium on evictions.
  • Nonprofits challenge FEC's enforcement policyJones Day represents nonprofit groups challenging a policy adopted by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to deliberately conceal from the public and courts the FEC Commissioners' actions taken in otherwise terminated enforcement proceedings.
  • Financial services company responds to DOJ investigation into its Paycheck Protection Program loan practicesJones Day is representing a financial services company in DOJ investigations related to its administration of Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP") loans.
  • Jones Day secures Supreme Court decision for property owners blocking CDC eviction moratoriumJones Day successfully represented property owners challenging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) nationwide moratorium on evictions.
  • Arizona Republican Party obtains landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisionIn a landmark decision on July 1, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of Jones Day’s client, the Arizona Republican Party, by upholding Arizona’s ban on ballot harvesting and its rule that in-person voters must cast ballots in their assigned precincts.
  • National Association of Realtors files amicus curiae brief in Fifth Amendment takings challenge to rent controlJones Day filed an amicus curiae brief in the Second Circuit on behalf of the National Association of Realtors in a case challenging the constitutionality of New York’s Rent Stabilization Law (“RSL”).
  • Manufacturers challenge tariffs in Court of International TradeJones Day represents several manufacturers challenging tariffs promulgated by the United States Trade Representative pursuant to Section 301 of the Trade Act.