Former Asst. U.S. Attorney General for DOJ Tax Division Kathy Keneally joins Jones Day in New York

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 13:31

The global law firm Jones Day has announced the arrival of partner Kathy Keneally to the Firm's Tax Practice and New York Office.  
Ms. Keneally has more than 30 years' experience in tax law, 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. In addition to her private sector experience, Ms. Keneally, after confirmation by the U.S. Senate, served as the Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she directed the work of more than 350 attorneys in civil, criminal, and appellate tax litigation nationwide. 

While at the Department of Justice, Ms. Keneally developed and implemented key tax enforcement initiatives in close cooperation with IRS leadership. In a particularly high-profile situation, she was instrumental in the development of a non-prosecution deal, where more than 80 Swiss banks and other institutions agreed to provide information relating to suspected off-shore tax evasion by Americans.  

"Kathy's experience successfully leading the Tax Division at Justice, and her litigation experience in private practice, will bring an invaluable perspective to our clients on their most important tax controversy matters," said Joseph Goldman, who co-leads Jones Day's global Tax Practice. "She has a reputation as an innovative, results-focused lawyer who tries cases at the highest and most competitive levels, and can also resolve matters effectively without resorting to litigation. Our clients appreciate this approach." 

Added Ted Chung, leader of Jones Day's Investigations & White Collar Defense Practice, "I'm particularly happy to have on board a lawyer with Kathy's policymaking and regulatory-enforcement background. Her extensive experience with major administrative and criminal matters will be of great benefit to domestic and multinational companies seeking compliance counseling, facing tax enforcement actions, or needing assistance with internal investigations and other business crime matters. We look forward to her contributions." 

Ms. Keneally's high-profile client matters include her role as lead trial counsel in a case in which the U.S. Tax Court upheld the gift tax treatment of membership interests in family partnership, and her management of a legal team representing more than 100 high net worth individuals before the Internal Revenue Service relating to investments in "listed transactions," which involved presentations to IRS counsel and executives and ultimately resulted in a global settlement initiative. 

"Kathy is an exceptional addition to our Tax Practice with substantial experience in highly complex matters," said Wesley Johnson Jr., Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's New York Office. "In particular, her litigation experience makes her a valuable addition to our team. We are very glad she is joining the Firm." 

An active member of the legal community, Ms. Keneally 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 the Standards of Tax Practice and the Committee on Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties. A Regent of the American College of Tax Counsel, she serves as a chair of the National Institutes on Tax Controversy and Criminal Tax Fraud. 

With its singular tradition and widely recognized record of client service, Jones Day provides formidable legal talent across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions through the seamless collaboration of a true partnership that shares fundamental professional values. Spread across five continents, Jones Day has more than 2,500 lawyers in 44 offices located in major centers of business and finance around the world.