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Kathryn Keneally

Kathy serves as the Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice, Tax Division. She was nominated by President Obama for this position in the fall of 2011, confirmed by the U.S. Senate in March 2012, and sworn in April 6, 2012. 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 (DOJ), Kathy was a partner in the New York office of Fulbright & Jaworski. For over twenty-five years, she represented individuals and businesses before the IRS and the DOJ in criminal and civil tax cases, appeared and tried cases in the federal district and appellate courts and in the U.S. Tax Court. She is a prolific author who formerly authored a column entitled “White Collar Crime” for The Champion, the journal of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and co-authored a column on IRS Practice for the Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure.

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

She lives in New York City with her husband, Tom Marshall, a physicist, now working as a software engineer heading the Architecture Office for Bloomberg LP. They share an enjoyment of theatre, music, and long walks in Central Park.