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  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York

B.A., summa cum laude, Buffalo State, State University of New York 

J.D., magna cum laude, University at Buffalo School of Law

Rick Kennedy was named the firm's president and chief executive officer effective February 1, 2016 and the Managing Partner as of January 1, 2018. Rick joined Hodgson Russ as an associate in 1983 and became a partner in 1990. He has concentrated his career on complex environmental matters and the law governing lawyers. Mr. Kennedy has also served the firm as its co-general counsel and loss prevention partner, and as a member of its board of directors and compensation committee for more than a decade.


  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Environmental Law), 2019
  • Listed, Buffalo Environmental Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Best Lawyers in America, 2018
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2018
  • Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Buffalo Business First's Who's Who in Law (Environmental Law)



Professional Associations

  • New York State Business Council Environmental Committee and Environmental Law Subcommittee

  • American Bar Association Section of Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law
  • New York State Bar Association Environmental Law Section

Community & Pro Bono

  • EduNations, Inc. board of directors
  • Sierra Leone Alliance of Western New York board of directors
  • The Chapel at CrossPoint board of directors