Jonathan M. Kinney Kinney

Associate
About

Jon's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation from both affirmative and defensive postures and internal investigations concerning potential civil, regulatory, and criminal liability exposure.  He has represented companies and individuals in civil litigation in state and federal courts across the United States, in mediation and arbitration proceedings before major national and international alternative dispute resolution organizations, and internally in connection with investigations by state and federal regulatory and criminal agencies.  Jon regularly advises clients with issues spanning several of these practice areas, including in private civil disputes that implicate potential regulatory or criminal liability (or vice versa), and helps those clients to address and balance the overlapping and competing interests in such circumstances. 

Bar admissionsNew JerseyNew York
CourtsUnited States District Court for the Eastern District of New YorkUnited States District Court for the Southern District of New YorkUnited States District Court for the District of New JerseyUnited States District Court for the Southern District of OhioUnited States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

EXPERIENCE

  • Represented Lloyd’s of London managing agents and syndicates in connection with investigation by New York Department of Financial Services and other regulatory agencies, and related litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • Represented Lloyd’s of London managing agents and syndicates in connection with COVID-19-related coverage litigation in state and federal courts across the United States
  • Represented international technology, artificial intelligence, and machine learning company in civil litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York defending against allegations of unlawful employment practices, and in separate civil litigation in New Jersey state court to recover Company property and data from former employee
  • Represented Big Three automaker in pursuing recovery from automotive parts makers of hundreds of millions of dollars in damages arising from the conduct at issue in In re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation by way of negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Represented major publicly traded energy transportation company in civil litigation in the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota related to ongoing transnational pipeline construction
  • Represented association of large NYC luxury condominium building in dispute with condominium developer and related vendors
  • Represented national property developer in litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against real estate development joint venture partner
  • Represented Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in connection with investigation of response to winter weather at John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • Represented individual victim of theft of high-value art in recovering art from federal authorities in possession of art as proceeds of crime and defending against competing claims of ownership
  • Represented major international hotel company in civil litigation defending against allegations relating to human trafficking in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Represented surety in civil litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California defending against allegations of violations of state and federal antitrust statutes in In re California Bail Bond Antitrust Litigation
  • Represented business-to-business financial services firm in connection with internal investigation related to counter-party borrower’s alleged criminal fraud
Education
  • J.D., Rutgers School of Law, Newark 2013
    Senior Articles Editor, Rutgers Law Review
    Board Member, Rutgers Moot Court Board
  • B.A., Political Science, Rutgers University 2010
    summa cum laude

Awards

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch – 2021-2022

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Pro Bono

Jon also takes an active role in pro bono work.  He has represented Afghan and Syrian asylum seekers in obtaining asylum and then permanent residency status, migrant children seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and other pro bono immigration work.  Jon currently represents multiple veterans seeking discharge upgrades from the Naval Discharge Review Board and other benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  He also currently represents a plaintiff class of foster children and their relative foster parents across the state of Ohio in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, seeking to enforce federal law requiring payment of foster care maintenance payments to those families.  Finally, Jon is actively involved with DLA Piper’s pro bono initiative to develop relationships with disaster recovery organizations and assist those organizations with advancing their local and national legislative and other agendas.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining DLA Piper in April 2018, Jon was an associate with a New York-based national law firm. There he handled an array of commercial litigation matters, ranging from single breach-of-contract claims to years-long antitrust recovery work for a Big Three auto manufacturer, among other high-stakes litigations.

Government Experience

Prior to obtaining his undergraduate and law degrees, Jon served as an enlisted member of the United States Marine Corps, completing his enlistment as a Sergeant after serving for four years, including two tours in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004-2006.

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