Kathryn Keneally

Jones Day

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Kathryn Keneally recently completed her service as the Assistant Attorney General responsible for the Tax Division of the Department of Justice.   The Tax Division has over 350 attorneys dedicated to the enforcement of the nation's tax laws. Working closely with the nation's 94 U.S. Attorney's Offices, Tax Division attorneys are responsible for most affirmative and defensive civil litigation arising under the internal revenue laws in federal district and bankruptcy courts and in state courts, and for handling or supervising most federal criminal tax prosecutions.

Before joining the Department of Justice, Kathy represented individuals and businesses before the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice in criminal and civil tax cases, and appeared and tried cases in the federal district and appellate courts and in the U.S. Tax Court. She served as the chair of the ABA Section of Taxation's Committees on Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties and Standards of Tax Practice, and was a vice chair of the Section of Taxation.  Kathy is a prolific author who co-authored a column on IRS Practice in the Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure.  She also served on the Practitioners' Advisory Group to the U.S. Sentencing Commission.  She expects to return to private practice in the near future.

Kathy began her legal career in 1982 as the law clerk for the Honorable Edward R. Neaher, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York. She received a B.S. in 1979 from Cornell University, a J.D., magna cum laude, in 1982 from Fordham Law School, and an LL.M. in Taxation in 1993 from New York University School of Law.


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