Kevin B. Frankel Partner

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Kevin is a seasoned trial lawyer and former prosecutor. He earned his reputation for solving tough problems for clients, both in and out of court. Kevin represents some of the world’s most prominent financial institutions, corporations, and executives in high-stakes investigations, trials, regulatory enforcement proceedings, and complex civil litigation. He also advises on compliance matters.

Kevin 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.


    • Successfully defended publicly traded company in multistate investigation of consumer finance complaints brought by a consortium of state attorneys general.
    • Defended publicly traded client in antitrust action in the Northern District of California, including successful motion to dismiss.
    • Successfully defended publicly traded client in anti-price gouging probe by a state attorney general.
    • Successfully represented national banks in consumer finance investigations brought by a state attorney general concerning auto-lending disclosures.
    • Defended crypto-currency founder in civil and criminal investigations before the SEC, DOJ, FINRA, a U.S. Attorney’s Office, and other federal regulators.
    • Advised a foreign crypto-currency platform on compliance issues concerning opening U.S. operations.
    • Successfully represented famous, nationally recognized politician and major financial institution in concurrent investigations by U.S. Attorney’s Office and SEC.*
    • First chaired complex trial spanning over three months concerning the interpretation of a trust provision.
    • 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.*

*Prior to joining McGuireWoods.