James Keneally has over thirty years of litigation experience representing parties in complex commercial litigation and white collar criminal and regulatory matters.
Mr. Keneally is known for obtaining outstanding results in high-stakes real estate, corporate, securities and employment cases in federal and state court. Recently he has obtained a significant seven-figure settlement in an employment class action; a significant six-figure settlement in a twenty year-old litigation with the New York State Insurance Fund in which he was retained as trial counsel at the eleventh hour; and successfully defended a subordinated mortgagee of a Manhattan property against a claim by the mortgagor for indemnification.
Mr. Keneally has defended numerous high-profile white collar criminal and civil cases and investigations brought by the Department of Justice, the District Attorney’s Office, the SEC, and other regulatory bodies. He has successfully represented individuals and corporations (including in the financial, pharmaceutical, telecommunications and construction industries), against criminal charges and investigations arising from alleged accounting and tax fraud, mail and wire fraud, securities fraud, money laundering, FCPA and antitrust violations.
Mr. Keneally has successfully defended at trial and obtained acquittals or probationary sentences in various criminal actions, including the following results: the acquittal after a federal jury trial of an individual charged with conspiracy to ship stolen cars to western Africa; a probationary sentence for an individual who conducted an illegal hawala, or money transmitting, business; and a probationary sentence for an individual charged in taking part in an international, multi-million dollar art fraud;. Mr. Keneally also obtained a reversal of a conviction of an individual from Ghana charged with immigration fraud on appeal. In addition, numerous individual witnesses, as well as individuals and companies deemed “subjects” or “targets” of criminal investigations, have successfully avoided prosecution through Mr. Keneally’s representation, including clients being investigated for: nonpayment of taxes on foreign income; alleged FCPA and tax violations by an individual’s employer; allegedly improper tax shelters; alleged violations of best price regulations by a pharmaceutical company; allegations of financial impropriety by financial institutions in connection with the Enron prosecutions; alleged fraud in the insurance brokerage industry investigated by then Attorney General Spitzer; allegations of securities fraud at Computer Associates; and the pricing practices of a national automobile retailer investigated by the Antitrust Unit of the United States Department of Justice.
Mr. Keneally has been selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America in the Criminal Defense: White-Collar area, 2013-2015, and for New York “Super Lawyers,” 2010-2015. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, New York Criminal Bar Association, Federal Bar Council, where he serves on the Special Committee on Sentencing Alternatives, and the New York Council of Defense Lawyers, where he serves on the Sentencing Guidelines and Website Development Committees.
Mr. Keneally writes and speaks extensively on white collar and legal ethics subjects, and about the depiction of the legal system in the arts and media. Mr. Keneally holds a B.A. in Economics from Stony Brook University and earned his J.D. from SUNY Buffalo Law School, where he was a member of the Buffalo Law Review.