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.
- Harvard University (J.D. 2013); Georgetown University (B.A. magna cum laude 2008)
- District of Columbia, Virginia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and Tenth Circuits, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- Counsel for Nominations, United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary (2017-2019)
- Law Clerk to Judge Timothy M. Tymkovich, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit (2013-2014)