Daniel P. Kearney, Jr. is a counsel in the Litigation/Controversy and Regulatory and Government Affairs Departments, and a member of the Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation, Government and Regulatory Litigation, and Financial Institutions Practice Groups. He joined the firm in 2009.
Mr. Kearney’s practice focuses on appellate and regulatory litigation, government investigations, and regulatory and policy counseling. He has litigated a variety of cases in the federal district courts, courts of appeals, and the US Supreme Court, including matters concerning copyright law, antitrust law, ERISA, state privacy laws and protections for websites and ISPs under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. His counseling practice encompasses expertise in constitutional law; cybersecurity issues; issues under the Wiretap Act, Pen Register Act and state privacy laws; and national security issues arising in connection with reviews by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). In addition, Mr. Kearney has represented financial institutions and other clients in investigations by the Department of Justice, the Internal Revenue Service and Congress.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Kearney served as the special assistant to the Legal Adviser to the US Secretary of State, where he counseled the Legal Adviser on a wide range of national security and international law matters. As an associate at another firm in Washington DC, his practice focused on appellate litigation, white collar matters, mergers and acquisitions, and SEC and corporate governance issues.
Prior to his legal career, Mr. Kearney was the producer of the PBS television program Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg.