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Kevin M. Kearney

Partner, General Counsel
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Practices & Industries

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of New York; District of New Jersey; and Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Fourth Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Judge James L. Oakes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Judge Harold Holtzmann, Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, The Hague, Netherlands
  • Supreme Court Associate Justice Harry A. Blackmun, U.S. Supreme Court (October 1988 term)

Boston College, B.A., Summa Cum Laude

Boston College, M.A.

Emory University School of Law (Woodruff Fellow in Law), J.D., With Distinction

Since joining the firm in 1991, Kevin has focused on federal court litigation, including Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and civil and criminal antitrust cases. He has defended clients in securities and antitrust class actions, and litigated a wide variety of corporate governance disputes. He also devotes a substantial portion of his practice to advising other lawyers on professional responsibility and malpractice issues, and on state and federal appellate issues. 

Kevin clerked for Judge James L. Oakes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for Associate Justice of the U.S.Supreme Court Harry A. Blackmun during the October 1988 term. After his federal clerkships, Kevin served as a confidential advisor to Judge Howard M. Holzmann of the U.S./Iran Claims Tribunal at The Hague, which dealt with a variety of public and private international law issues.


  • Buffalo Business First/Buffalo Law Journal's Legal Elite of Western New York, 2014
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation) 2018 - 2020
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2019
  • Fr. Bissonette Pro Bono Award, Erie County Bar Association, 2017
  • New York Bar Association Pro Bono Award for the Eighth Judicial District, 2001
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating
  • Former editor-in-chief, Emory Law Journal


Kevin has represented clients in complex federal litigation for over twenty-five years, including criminal and civil antitrust, class-action defense, and corporate governance matters. He also serves as the Firm's General Counsel and often counsels other lawyers on legal ethics and professional obligations.


Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County

Community & Pro Bono

  • President, Erie County Volunteer Lawyers Project, 2010 – present
  • Director, Erie County Volunteer Lawyers Project, 2004 – present
  • Local Rules Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, 2002