Kevin B. Frankel Partner

Drawing on his deep experience in private practice and public service, Kevin represents some of the world’s most prominent financial institutions, corporations, and executives in data privacy and security, investigations, trials, regulatory enforcement proceedings, and complex civil litigation. He also advises on compliance matters.

Kevin co-chairs McGuireWoods’ State Attorneys General practice. During his tenure across three administrations at the New York State Office of the Attorney General, Kevin oversaw a range of civil investigations and prosecuted white collar crimes involving public servants and elected officials, leading large teams of lawyers, investigators, auditors, and analysts. He led the Public Integrity Bureau, both for most cases tried, and for most convictions secured. Kevin received the 2021 Louis J. Lefkowitz Award, the highest commendation bestowed by New York’s attorney general for superior service. Kevin served as a liaison with other state attorneys general and numerous other state regulators, including the Department of Financial Services, the Office of the State Comptroller, New York State Tax, and the Inspector General, among others. Kevin was also cross-designated as a Special Assistant District Attorney in the Major Economic Crimes Bureau of the New York County District Attorney’s Office. He has taught as an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, where he also serves on the board of directors for the Columbia Law School Association.

Kevin was a Law Clerk Extern to Judge Richard M. Berman on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in 2006.

Experience

People v. Washington, etc. Prosecuted a public officer at the New York State Department of Education and others for participating in a multi-million-dollar bribery scheme. First chaired six-week jury trial, including pre-trial motions, numerous lay witnesses, and a forensic auditor. Convicted three defendants of felony crimes.*

People v. Jennings, etc. Prosecuted New York City public servants in a three-year, wide-ranging corruption investigation. Supervised a cross-agency team staffed by dozens of attorneys, investigators, and auditors from the New York State Office of the Attorney General, the New York State Office of the Comptroller, and the New York City Department of Investigation. Made hundreds of court appearances in five counties ranging from arguing complex motions to negotiating pleas. First chaired four-week jury trial, including pre-trial motions, numerous lay witnesses, and a forensic auditor. Convicted nineteen defendants on misdemeanor or felony counts of insurance fraud and grand larceny.*

Conducted internal investigation and successfully represented host country for major international sporting event with potential trillion-dollar liability in bribery probe. Supervised team of six associates and responsible for all aspects of case. Reviewed and produced documents, drafted reports to client and independent investigator. Prepared witnesses and defended witness interviews. Negotiated with independent investigator. Advised client on complex data privacy and cyber-security issues, including GDPR compliance, Swiss privacy law, and privacy regulations in the Persian Gulf region.*

Successfully represented publicly traded company in response to investigations by U.S. Attorney’s Office, Customs, and SEC. Drafted presentations and participated in numerous meetings with prosecutors and regulators. Drafted and negotiated non-prosecution and deferred prosecution agreements. Responsible for review and production of approximately 700,000 pages of materials. Advised client on compliance issues including data privacy, cyber security, and anti-dumping regulations.*

Conducted FCPA internal investigation for publicly traded technology company. Analyzed invoices and expense reports. Researched and drafted recommendations for client. Drafted new anti-corruption compliance policies and contract provisions to avoid future vendor liability. Presented recommendations to client.*

Successfully represented famous, nationally recognized politician and major financial institution in concurrent investigations by U.S. Attorney’s Office and SEC. Interviewed key witnesses, including the politician, drafted interview memoranda, managed electronic document review and production, served as primary point of client contact.*

Successfully defended prominent real estate firm in investigation by New York Attorney General concerning alleged violations of labor and prevailing wage law. Prepared sole witness and defended deposition. Negotiated non-prosecution of client and limited liability to shell portfolio company.*

*Prior to joining McGuireWoods.
  • Columbia Law School, JD, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Editor, Columbia Journal of Gender & Law and Columbia Journal of Law & Social Problems, 2007
  • University of California Davis, BS, Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, Dean's List, 2004
  • University of California Davis, BA, Philosophy, Dean's List, 2004

Adjunct Professor, Columbia Law School, 2019-present

Advisory Board Member & Chairman, Board Match, 2015-present

Advisory Board Member, Rafiki Coalition for Health and Wellness, 2013–present

Board Member, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 2011-2013

Law Clerk Extern, Judge Richard M. Berman, S.D.N.Y., 2006

  • Panelist, San Francisco Fintech Roundtable CLE and Reception, May 19, 2022
  • Presenter, "Cryptocurrency – A Primer and Recent Regulatory Developments," CLE, March 21, 2022
  • Presenter, "Responding to Grand Jury Subpoenas," CLE, March 9, 2022
  • Panelist, "State and Local Governments’ Response to Corruption," New York University School of Law, February 9, 2021
  • Presenter, "How to Choose a Law Firm," Columbia Law School, December 18, 2020
  • Presenter, "The Impact of Article 245 on Criminal Discovery," New York State Office of the Attorney General, December 13, 2019
  • Presenter, "Non-Traditional Career Paths in the Law," Columbia Law School, February 26, 2019
  • Panelist, "Religious Identity and Legal Practice," Columbia Law School, March 27, 2018
  • Panelist, "Jewish Life in Legal Practice," Columbia Law School, October 25, 2017
  • Presenter, "Investigative Techniques," New York State Office of the Attorney General, June 28, 2017
  • California
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Recipient, Louis J. Lefkowitz Award, 2021

Named a 'Rising Star," White Collar Criminal Defense, SuperLawyers, 2014

Awarded, “Empire State Counsel”, New York Bar Association, 2009-2013

Recipient, Pro Bono Award, Bar Association of San Francisco, 2011, 2012

Recipient, Pro Bono Award, Legal Services of New York, 2010

Recognition of Achievement in International and Comparative Law, Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law, 2007

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