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Kathryn M. Keneally

Kathryn M. Keneally

DLA Piper LLP (US)

New York, NY, USA


Kathy Keneally is a partner of  DLA Piper LLP (US) and serves as the Chair of Civil and Criminal Tax Litigation in the firm’s global tax group.   She focuses her practice on civil and criminal tax controversy matters, government investigations and white collar criminal defense.  

Before joining DLA Piper, Kathy served as the Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she was the nation’s top tax prosecutor and oversaw the work of over 350 attorneys in civil, criminal and appellate tax litigation nationwide.  She developed and implemented key tax enforcement initiatives in cooperation with the IRS and the U.S. Attorney’s Offices.   She also worked closely with federal and state regulators and Department leadership in enforcement action against financial institutions.  Attorney General Eric G. Holder, Jr. recognized Kathy by awarding her the Edmund J. Randolph Award for Outstanding Service to the U.S. Department of Justice and the Nation, the highest honor the Attorney General may bestow on a Department employee.

Kathy has over 30 years of experience representing large corporations, financial institutions, closely held businesses and high-net-worth individuals in civil and criminal tax matters and non-tax criminal defense matters.  She has also resolved matters with the IRS and other federal agencies without proceeding to litigation, and has assisted clients to come into compliance prior to an investigation.

Kathy is a leader in the legal community. She has served as a Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, and chaired two of the Section of Taxation’s Committees – the Committee on Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties and the Committee on the Standards of Tax Practice.  She is currently a chair of the National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud and the National Institute on Tax Controversy, and a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.

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