Kevin Kent

Kevin Kent,

Partner

kkent@conradobrien.com
215.523.8306

Kevin prides himself on working closely with his clients to identify and minimize risk exposure, and deftly guiding them through litigation, disputes, regulatory actions, and compliance. Clients seeking Kevin’s counsel hail from a broad spectrum of industries, including law firms, real estate development, life sciences, insurance, casino gaming, education, and government.

 

Kevin advises clients on risk management in high legal exposure industries, identifying proactive steps to avoid litigation or to mitigate risks by better positioning the client for unavoidable litigation, and zealously defending them in litigation when it occurs. He represents companies in matters involving civil fraud, fiduciary liability, director and officer liability, professional malpractice, government civil enforcement actions, government audits, and employment litigation. Much of Kevin’s recent risk management work involves advising private companies and government entities on litigation risk emanating from privatization proposals, federal and state funding and procurement programs, and other risks inherent in the interaction between public entities and the private sector.

 

A substantial portion of Kevin’s practice involves conducting internal investigations. Many of his clients face the challenges of potential parallel administrative, criminal, and civil litigation arising from the issues triggering the internal review.

 

Kevin, who is also licensed as a solicitor in Ireland, England, and Wales, is currently the Chairman of the Irish American Business Chamber and Network, which promotes the development of economic relationships between the United States, Ireland and Northern Ireland. As such, he assists U.S. and European companies in transnational litigation and compliance matters. He also serves on the International Committee of the National Association of Federal Equity Receivers.

 

Kevin is a member of Conrad O’Brien’s three-person Executive Committee that manages and oversees the firm. Among his management responsibilities, he is the lateral partner recruiting liaison and oversees the analysis and negotiation of the firm’s alternative fee agreements.

Education

Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 2000

  • Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

Boston College, B.A., cum laude, 1997

 

Studied at the U.N. Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Magee College, University of Ulster, Derry, Northern Ireland, 1995

 

LaSalle College High School, 1993

Clerkship

The Honorable Louis C. Bechtle, Chief Judge Emeritus of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2000–2001)

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • Solicitor, Ireland
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Life Beyond the Office

Kevin enjoys running, surfing, and spending time with his wife Kara and their four children.

Honors & Affiliations

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chairman, Irish American Business Chamber & Network
  • Member, Board of Directors, Philadelphia Diversity Law Group
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
  • International Committee Member and Association Full Member, National Association of Federal Equity Receivers (NAFER)
  • International Bar Association
  • Law Society of Ireland
  • Law Society of England & Wales
  • Boston College Alumni Association
  • Vanderbilt Alumni Association
  • LaSalle Leadership Council
  • Association of Surfing Lawyers
  • Irish America Business 100 Honoree (2017, 2016)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation (2016–present) (View methodology. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.)
  • Listed as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2013–present) and Pennsylvania Rising Star (2008, 2010–2012) (View methodology. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.)

Publications

  • “ABA Guide to International Bar Admissions: Republic of Ireland,” American Bar Association, June 2012.
  • Profiled in “Most Influential US-Ireland Business Leaders” issue of Business & Finance Magazine, which recognizes important business figures across Ireland and the U.S., 2008.
  • “Basic Rights and Anti-Terrorism Legislation: Can Britain's Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Act Be Reconciled With Its Human Rights Act,” 33 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 221 (2000).

Speeches & Presentations

  • Family Business Essentials Playbook, Legal Edition, Initiative for Family Business & Entrepreneurship at Saint Joseph’s University, January 2017.
  • “Business Ethics and the Law: The ROI of Compliance Best Practices and Proactive Risk Management,” Villanova Business MBA Alumni Association, November 2016.
  • Participated in Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development, Office of International Business’ Economic Development Mission to Ireland, Fall 2016.
  • “Fraudulent Transfer Action: An Update in 2016,” The Knowledge Group'’ LIVE Webcast, April 2016.
  • “Virtual Round Table: Fraud & White Collar Crime 2016, The Americas,” Corporate LiveWire, February 2016.
  • “Effectively Managing Corporate Investigations,” CohnReznick Financial Managers Learning Forum; Jamesburg, NJ; West Orange, NJ; and Hartford, CT; October 2015.
  • “Red Flags: The Moving Target of ‘Notice’ in Fraudulent Transfer and Clawback Litigation,” Philadelphia Area Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Meeting, April 2015.
  • “Virtual Round Table: Fraud & White Collar Crime 2015, The Americas,” Corporate LiveWire, February 2015.
  • “Implications of Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law for Private Companies,” Association of Corporate Counsel – Delaware Valley Chapter, July 2012.
  • Co-Chair, Member of Planning Commission and Presenter, the U.S.-Ireland Law and Business Symposium, 2011, 2012, and 2013.