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Thomas Arthur Kenniff

Federal crime Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   99 reviews

also known as Tom Kenniff, Thomas Kenniff


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About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    40%
    As a former Assistant District Attorney in New York and a former active duty Army Judge Advocate General (JAG), where I was a supervisor of miltary justice. I handle all criminal matters, both state and federal, from major felonies to misdemeanors.

    23 years

  2. Federal crime
    40%

  3. Military law
    10%

  4. Tax
    10%
    I represent taxpayers in IRS Collection matters. I began my training in tax law almost two decades ago, while in government. I’ve learned that the IRS and the delinquent taxpayer often have the same goal—resolving the debt with a fair compromise

As a former New York Assistant District Attorney and ARMY JAG Officer, my experience in criminal law and tax matters is both extensive and diverse.  Unlike many "general practitioners" my practice is devoted exclusively to defending those accused of criminal offenses and those facing IRS Collection efforts.  I have handled the most complex cases and tried dozens to verdict.  I appear regularly as a legal commentator on Fox News Channel and CNN, and my cases have received national and international coverage. 

 

I believe what differentiates me from other attorneys is the individual attention and compassion I show to my clients.   I take a special pride in being the lone voice for individuals facing the powerful machinations of the criminal justice system or the IRS.  There is nothing more satisfying than a former client contacting me, months or years after their case is concluded, to tell me of the better times they now find themselves in.   

 

I have fulltime offices in both Manhattan and Long Island, and I handle criminal cases throughout the metropolitan area, and in all military jurisdcitions.

 

When not practicing law I enjoy playing ice hockey, exercising, and spending time with family.

 

 

 

 

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Former Prosecutor Tom Kenniff with Anderson Cooper on CNN's AC360
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Licensed for 22 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2001
Updated 11/17/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Reviews

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Posted by Edward | December 27, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Tom Kenniff saved my life
Tom is more than a lawyer. He becomes a caring family member. His attention to detail and courtroom brilliance exceeded all my expectations. I highly recommend Tom and his team if you need highly qualified counsel.
Posted by Serigne | February 1, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Diligent, Honest, and Straightforward.
I hired Thomas Kenniff on my case which was a very complicated one. He went above and beyond expectations! I highly recommend this incredible man with genuine integrity, morale, and empathetic. you can’t go wrong having a true professional like Mr. Kenniff! Thank you, sir!
Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Diligent & Trustworthy Attorney with Track Record of Successful Results
I hired Mr. Kenniff to defend me in 2020. Mr. Kenniff reviewed my case thoroughly while offering a thorough outline of likely results as well as detailed costs. Mr. Kenniff as well as his Raiser & Kenniff staff/ office worked consistently, honestly, and supremely effectively on my case over a 3 month period producing the best possible result. Fee & Retainer Agreements were upfront and upheld diligently throughout my case. Mr. Kenniff is one of the Best attorneys in the NY area, and I fully recommend his services.
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Posted by Matt | October 21, 2020
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Chance meeting was a life saver!
I met Tom by chance one evening through mutual friends. I had been searching high and low for a Lawyer that could provide experience and communication for a serious legal issue. Too many Lawyers forego the communication aspect and with all the stress involved with legal matters you want a Lawyer you feel is there for you and can communicate in a timely fashion. Not waiting around a day or two for a response to an email or a phone call. Tom was amazing and explained everything thoroughly as we navigated through my legal issue and there was never a doubt in my mind I had hit the jack pot with him. This process was long and arduous but Tom was there with me the entire time. He defended me until the final outcome which was the best case scenario for me. I can never thank Tom enough for his dedication. Thank you Tom!
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Posted by Jason | January 14, 2020
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Professional, competent and effective.
Not only did I receive proper representation but my outcome was more than I had hoped for. I was kept well informed about what to expect, what usually happens and our defense approach. Well done and I recommend 100%. This is not the type of attorney jokes are made from.
Posted by Philip | October 24, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
With his help, DV Case Dismissed and Sealed!
Tom, who is a partner at Raiser and Kenniff, was not only extremely experienced (he worked as DA) in criminal defense but also caring for me as a client. He walked me through the entire case and all the possible scenarios. But most importantly, he fought for me. I am forever grateful to Tom and his firm.
Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
Thomas was extremely easy to work with. He took care of my case, by no means a large or complicated case for this track record with attentiveness and clarity. He was always extremely easy to get a hold of and would always call back if unavailable. I highly recommend Thomas.
Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Tom Kenniff gave me a second chance .
When you are facing an incredible obstacle and need a superb lawyer to defend you, Tom Kenniff is the one. Before hiring Tom I went to see a couple of other lawyers. Many I talk to gave me false promises and hope, it just did not feel right with them, but not with Tom. He told me these cases are hard to fight and not that many of these cases ends up going to trial because everybody just plead out. I should have went to another lawyer but I didn’t because he was the only one who told me the truth of my situation. Got to believe in a person who is willing to tell you the truth. Few years of back and forth litigation the court would not move from its offer of 1 to 3 years in prison. I just couldn’t see myself pleading out and going to prison so I decided to gamble with a trial. Better to have try then not. I would have regretted for not trying. During my trial I was doubtful about the outcome but seeing Tom’s true skill of a defense attorney in his environment, those doubts started to turn into optimism. Tom’s tenacity to found the truth and laying out the facts question the legitimacy of my arrest and the credibility of the people’s expert witnesses. During the mid end of the trial it felt like Tom won over the entire courtroom from the judge, court officers, jurors and maybe the clerks. That is one heck of a defense lawyer I believe. After four years of worrying and seven days of court the jury acquitted me of all charges. I still can’t believe it but that was one hell of a Hail Mary Tom! I can not express my gratitude for what you did for me and my family. Thank you Tom Kenniff.
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Posted by Suliman | May 21, 2018
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The best lawyer
I was facing 16 years before my trail he came and made a miracle I had 7charges serous ones at that I had assault 1st° one count .Assault in the 1st° 3 count .assault in the 2nd° .assault in the 3rd° .reckless in danger meant a 1st° .reckless endangerment reckless endangerment in the 2nd° .possession of a weapon in the 4th° .the had the DA had a clear cell phone video and a domino video The way Tom the way Tom Kenneth took my case and explain to the jury to the judge he did a miracle for me man and I was going to cop out to 16 years but he told me that I have nothing to lose because is my first time the most they could give me is 18 to 20 years and I hired him 4 days before my trail he didn’t have time to study my case because the circumstances but he did his best and he was studying looking for mistakes and A miracle happened and I recommend him to anybody he’s the best he works hard he’s a good person he knows how to treat a client. I have a co defender on my case and my codefendant got 15 years after trial because I guess the lawyer wasn’t good .I didn’t believe that it’s all about your lawyer till I hire tom Kenneff. I think him for everything I think him for making a miracle happen for me .He’s experienced and good he is really good-he’sThe best .I just wish I had known him a couple years earlier .I was in jail for almost 6 years fighting the case till I met Tom so thank you Tom for everything.just look my name up and you’ll see my case and you’ll see he is just the best After all of this I came out with three misdemeanors again thank you Tom thank you Tom.And thank God I hired you
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Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2018
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Military TDS
MAJ Kenniff displayed a great ability to digest so much information in just a few days time. His cross exam if the opposition, combined with intelligent crafting of questions during my testimony led to an upgrade of my discharge, allowing my bright future to unfold without unnecessary inhibition. Simply a professional officer.
Posted by Larry | January 31, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorny
Let me be clear Tom is the best criminal attorney around. After having another attorney representing me and screwing up my case, I was lucky to have found him right here on avvo. Tom took my case and immediately I was relaxed. I felt confidence in him immediately in that my case would be handled to the best of his ability. He is very knowledgeable about criminal law and compassionate to the needs of his clients. Because of Tom my case was dismissed today and I have my life back. If you need a great criminal attorney look no further.
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Posted by Kay | January 27, 2018
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Highly Recommended!
We hired Tom to represent a member of our family in an auto-related matter. Throughout the entire process - from initial consultation to resolution - Tom was incredibly responsive, very professional and a pleasure to work with, making a difficult situation much easier. We are happy with the outcome of the case and highly recommend him.
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Posted by Jurgen | December 23, 2017
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Best Lawyer
Kenniff was the easiest lawyer to talk to explained everything very easy. Made me feel really comfortable about my situation on the case. He dismissed and sealed my case and I recommend Thomas to all friends and family in need of a Lawyer!!!
Posted by Christian | December 22, 2017
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Talented and well versed in Military Law.
Tom was assigned to me through the Trial Defense Unit of the NY Army National Guard. He was my representation while I faced a Flight Evaluation Board. Through his already robust knowledge of Military protocols and his enthusiasm with educating himself on Aviation centric regulations we were able to show up to the board prepared and from a position of strength. This preparedness, combined with his powerful courtroom presence led to a favorable decision by the board for me. As far as military matters are concerned I could have asked for no better representation. Thank you Tom.
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Posted by T | November 30, 2017
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He gives me hope when i think there was none
When I met from the first conversation i knew he was lawyer for me. When someone lied on you You need a good defense attorney to represent you. Tom and i sat down when he discuss my case he was able to tell me what would have happen and he was right to the end. From the first set off phone calls the follow up conversation no worries everything will be OK the case will be dismiss and he was right . Today i still believed all off what happen is behind me now .Thank you Tom you're my hope when i think all is gone your a great lawyer.
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Posted by Ekaterina Lee | October 30, 2017
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Good experience
Thomas is a great professional. I felt like i had the best defense. He handled my case making sure he did all possible and not. Was very generous with his time, even when his job was done he made sure I'm good, and fought for the rest of the settlement being payed to me. Even though technically his work was done and he could have walked away. Thank you Thomas! You and people like you make this world fair!
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Posted by Esmeralda | October 18, 2017
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Tom has been our LEGAL GUARDIAN ANGEL
From the first moment I met with Tom, I knew he was the attorney we have been searching for. Funny how God leads you to someone who will be your salvation. I wished we would have found him sooner. Tom was hired for my husbands 330 motion after we lost 2 trials (1st was a hung jury and 2nd a guilty verdict both trials were by private counsel). That moment in his office, when we first met I said to myself "no matter what the outcome becomes, I knew we were in the right hands for a fair chance of representation". Tom never promised anything but gave his heart to fighting "our war" against the "justice system". He is ALWAYS available to listen to any questions or concerns we might have at any time. Three years later, and denials after denials of a 330, 440, state appeals, etc WE have not lost hope nor stop believing in Tom. His hard wok will someday prevail. Tom is priceless and worth every cent that we have spent so far. Words cannot express how grateful we are, THANK YOU!
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Posted by Joseph | August 9, 2017
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A great man and superb defender
Thomas as i refer to him, is a great man ,as tough as the situation i was in thomas handled my case as is it was his own. The man cared for me nor just as a case number ,but as if i was his brother. I will be honest and say i had previous issues with the law for dwi and hired other lawyers that promised the world....mr. thomas gave me more...a straight up assessment....and not just helped my case......he got me the help i needed to change my life around.....he has been a freind first and for most...and my lawyer second.....i thank the man for not saving....but changing my life......thank you thomas keniff.....my hero
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Posted by Vaish | April 2, 2017
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Most smartest and professional lawyer in NYC
We are extremely grateful to Tom. He is one of best lawyers in NYC! He is not only extremely perceptive but also highly professional. He is driven, focused and has great instincts. He will get you the best outcome possible!! I was disturbed emotionally and he handled our case so well I thank him so much.Highly recommend him! Vaish
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Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2016
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Home Run!
Excellent service with effective communication and planning for our case. Mr. Kenniff was able to negotiate the best outcome for a Marijuana possession offense for an ACD with immediate sealing of the case. Also, since we were from out of state, he assisted us in not having to appear for the hearing.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • Raiser & Kenniff, P.C.
  • 2006 - Present
  • JAG (Active Duty)
  • US Army JAG Corps
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • District Attorney's Office
  • 2002 - 2006
  • Attorney
  • Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker
  • 2000 - 2002
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Education

  • Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. Army
  • Judge Advocate Officers Advanced Course
  • 2012
  • Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. Army
  • Officer's Basic Course 164th (JAG)
  • 2004
  • Hofstra University School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2000
  • University of Rochester
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997
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Legal Cases

  • People of the State of New York v Anonymous
  • Not Guilty on all criminal counts
  • People of the State of New York v (client's name protected)
  • Not Guilty
  • People of the State of New York v (client name protected)
  • dismissal

Associations

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Military Law Committee
  • 2015 - Present
  • New York County Criminal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • General Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Columbian Lawyers Association, 1st Dept
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Cocktails for Charity
  • Board of Directors
  • 2008 - Present
  • Brooklyn Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Queens County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Nassau Criminal Court's Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • New York City Bar
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Court Officers "Amicus" Attorney Award
  • NYS Fraternal Organization of Court Officers
  • 2010
  • Ranked Top 10 DUI Lawyer in Northeast
  • Arrive Magazine
  • 2010
  • Army Achievement Medal
  • US Army
  • 2009
  • Distinguished Public Service Award
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2006
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • US Army
  • 2006
  • Medal for Merit
  • State of New York
  • 2006
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • U.S. Army
  • 2005
  • Global War of Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • US Army
  • 2005
  • High Distinction Award
  • University of Rochester, Department of History
  • 1997
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Publications

  • Newsday
  • Community reflects on Nassau County DWI "Wall of Shame"
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • US ARMY Sexual Assault Trial Advocacy Cource, Boulder, CO
  • Defending Sexual Assault Cases (Facilitator)
  • 2017
  • Army National Guard JAG Corps Trial Defense Services Combined Regional Trainning Conference
  • Defending Drug Cases
  • 2017
  • 42nd Infantry Division Legal Conference
  • Rules of Engagement and Law of War
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (38)
Given (44)
Endorse Thomas
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Kenniff is a tireless and dedicated criminal defense attorney who cares about his clients. Highly recommend!."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom knows the New York City criminal justice system well. He has great instincts and is a dedicated advocate."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Friend
"Tom is in court on a daily basis, and does not hesitate to take on "unwinnable" cases. He is a hardworking, loyal advocate who gets results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Kenniff is a dedicated, highly-skilled lawyer well-respected within the legal community. I fully endorse him."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Violent crime Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tom Kenniff is always a pleasure to work with. He is a skilled white-collar criminal defense lawyer, well known for his many appearances on cable news. Tom has terrific instincts, thinks quickly and advocates clearly.He is compassionate and the client's interests always come first. I am pleased to recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. One of the best."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tom is an excellent attorney and an asset to the profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse him highly. Talented trial lawyer. Well prepared, focused, knowledgeable about the law and procedural issues, cares about his client, and effective in his representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Tom is extremely experienced and very compentent in all areas of criminal law."
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