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Kathy Keneally


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  • New York University (LL.M. 1993); Fordham University (J.D. magna cum laude 1982; Associate Editor, Law Review; Chapin Award [for ranking first in class]); Cornell University (B.S. 1979)

Bar Admissions

  • New York, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits, and U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York


  • Law Clerk to Judge Edward R. Neaher, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (1982-1983)

Government Service

  • Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice (2012-2014)

Kathy Keneally, former Assistant Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Tax Division, focuses her practice on tax litigation and government investigations. She has more than 30 years of experience representing large corporations, financial institutions, closely held businesses, and high net worth individuals in civil and criminal tax controversy matters and in non-tax criminal defense. She is an accomplished trial lawyer and has resolved matters with the IRS and other federal agencies without proceeding to litigation.

At DOJ, Kathy oversaw the work of more than 350 attorneys in civil, criminal, and appellate tax litigation nationwide. In cooperation with IRS leadership, she developed and implemented key tax enforcement initiatives. She worked closely with DOJ leadership, U.S. Attorneys, and senior officials at federal and state regulatory agencies, including the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, New York Federal Reserve, Securities and Exchange Commission, and New York Department of Financial Services.

Kathy has given keynote and panel presentations before government agencies, professional organizations, bar associations, and law schools and has testified before Congressional committees. She served as a vice chair of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation and chaired the Committees on the Standards of Tax Practice and Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties. She served on the Practitioners' Advisory Committee to the U.S. Sentencing Commission and as a Regent of the American College of Tax Counsel. She is co-chair of the National Institutes on Tax Controversy and Criminal Tax Fraud and a life member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Advisory Board Member, Journal of Tax Practice & Procedure

    Edmund J. Randolph Award for outstanding service to the U.S. Department of Justice and the nation (2014)

    One of the top 10 people "who left their mark on policy, practice and administration in 2014," Tax Analysts

    Chambers USA

    The Legal 500 US

    Women in Tax Leaders, International Tax Review (2015)
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