NAFUSA’s newest member, Kathryn Keneally, who served as the Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division of the US Department of Justice from 2012-2014, joined the New York office of DLA Piper in September as chair of its Civil and Criminal Tax Litigation group.
During her tenure at Justice, Keneally developed a groundbreaking program to redress past wrongdoing by foreign banks, and she worked closely with federal and state regulators on a precedent-setting prosecution of a large financial institution. She also developed and implemented a comprehensive approach to civil and criminal tax enforcement. Attorney General Eric G. Holder recognized her achievements by awarding her the Edmund J. Randolph Award for outstanding service to the Department of Justice and the nation, the highest honor that the Attorney General may award to a department employee.
Prior to her service at the Department of Justice, Keneally represented businesses and individuals before the IRS and other government agencies. She 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 Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties, which addresses matters relating to civil and criminal tax litigation, and the Committee on the Standards of Tax Practice, which addresses ethics standards for tax practitioners. She is currently a chair of the National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud and the National Institute on Tax Controversy.
Keneally earned her LL.M. in Taxation from NYU School of Law, her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, and her B.S. from Cornell University.