James W. Kennedy

Top rated business litigation attorney in New York, New York

James W. Kennedy PLLC
James W. Kennedy
James W. Kennedy PLLC

Practice Areas: Business litigation, Appellate, Intellectual property litigation; view more

Licensed in New York since: 1985

Education: St. John's University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022

James W. Kennedy PLLC

401 Broadway
Suite 1900
New York, NY 10013 Visit website


James W. Kennedy is an attorney at the law firm of James W. Kennedy PLLC, located in New York, New York. Serving clients throughout New York, he focuses his practice exclusively on matters involving business litigation, intellectual property litigation, real estate law, veil piercing, business divorce, contracts and business torts.

Having practiced law for almost four decades, Mr. Kennedy has extensive experience working on cases that involve patents, trade secrets, partnership obligations, fiduciary duties, securities law, employment law, fraud, franchising, shareholder rights and more.

Mr. Kennedy is well-known for his remarkable work in the legal field and has a reputation for his zealous and fierce advocacy. He uses his immense knowledge and vast skill for the benefit of his clients with an unwavering commitment to their needs and expectations. Fighting aggressively for his clients’ rights, he handles all cases in the most effective manner, upholding their best interests.

Graduating cum laude, Mr. Kennedy obtained his doctorate in jurisprudence from the St. John’s University School of Law, and he served as a law secretary to a renowned senior associate judge at the New York Court of Appeals.

Some of Mr. Kennedy’s noteworthy cases include but are not limited to:

  • Winning a jury trial with a verdict of $100 million, defeating a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and owner of a Philippine hydroelectric power plant and irrigation facility
  • Obtaining a settlement of $20 million in a pre-recession mortgage securities dispute in a federal court
  • Obtaining an eight-figure settlement for a commercial landlord in New York in a breach of lease claim against a bank

Mr. Kennedy is actively involved in his community and is a former board member of Gina Gibney Dance, Inc., for whom he provides legal services. It is a performing arts nonprofit organization that is dedicated to social action and providing support to domestic violence survivors.

In addition to his law practice, Mr. Kennedy biannually lectures at Columbia University’s Master of Science and Technology program about intellectual property law and its various aspects.

Practice areas

Business litigation, Appellate, Intellectual property litigation, Family law, Government contracts, Real estate: consumer

Focus areas


  • 30% Business litigation
  • 20% Appellate
  • 20% Intellectual property litigation
  • 10% Family law
  • 10% Government contracts
  • 10% Real estate: consumer

First Admitted: 1985, New York

Professional Webpage: https://www.jameswkennedypllc.com/bio

  • Directed Verdict (worth nearly $100 million) in MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co. v. San Lorenzo Builders & Developers, Ltd., Nebraska District Court Judgment, following Bench trial and appeal (worth about $100 million) in LaPrarie Group Contractors (International), Ltd. v. CE Casecnan, Ltd., Superior Court of San Francisco Confidential settlement ($20 million) for monoline insurer in pre-recession mortgage backed securities case; Confidential settlement preserving right of major Thai food company to continue operating against the shut-down efforts of a global franchisor;  Confidential Arbitration Award (permanent injunction) preserving the exclusive territorial rights of a Gianni Versace franchisee, and enjoying competitive franchisee's operations
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Member, Board of Directors of Gina Gibney Dance, Inc.  Currently, First Vice Chair, and General Counsel (Pro Bono). Gibney Dance is a not-for-profit organization that promotes dance and cultural arts, while also helping survivors of domestic violence and at-risk youth, 2000
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Intellectual Property Overview, given before candidates for a Masters Degree in Science, at Columbia University, Guest Lecturer, 2013
  • Negotiated, pro bono, 20-year lease of 35,000 square feet for Gina Gibney Dance, Inc., 2013
Representative Clients:
  • Assured Guaranty, Ltd., Dancap Group, Fisher Brothers, Gordon Group Investment's, LLC, G.K. Las Vegas Limited Partnership, The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum LaPrairie Group Contractors (International), Ltd,. MedAire, Onecap Services, LLC, RMB Properties, Setai Group, San Lorenzo Builders and Developers, Ltd., 2014
Industry Groups:
  • Bond And Securities Insurance Companies
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Real Estate Brokers
  • Real Estate Developers
  • Technology And Consumer Products

Office location for James W. Kennedy

401 Broadway
Suite 1900
New York, NY 10013

Phone: 917-764-5760


9 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022

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