Stephen J.Kenny (Steve)


Washington + 1.202.879.3667

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

Steve's litigation experience includes matters at all levels of federal and state courts. He has represented clients in class action lawsuits, commercial disputes, defamation lawsuits, government contract matters, and challenges to agency actions under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). He has litigated several high-profile First Amendment matters, including those involving anti-SLAPP laws. He has been involved in matters at each stage of litigation, including devising litigation strategy; critical motions practice; fact, expert, and class discovery; trial; and appeal.

Steve also 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 also represents clients in Federal Election Commission (FEC) enforcement matters, DOJ investigations, and congressional investigations.

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, lower federal courts, and positions in the Department of Justice. At the start of his career, Steve was an associate at a major law firm where he practiced litigation and election law.


  • 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.