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John Patrick Kennedy

Mergers and acquisitions Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   6 reviews

also known as Jack

  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 7 years
    California - CA 9 years
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2017
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2014
    Active No misconduct found

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

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

John P. “Jack” Kennedy is a Partner at Disclosure Law Group, APC. Mr. Kennedy engages in transactional matters on behalf of his clientele. His practice primarily focuses on structuring and negotiating acquisitions, investments, and capital markets offerings on behalf of corporations, venture capital firms, and private equity. Mr. Kennedy helps emerging and mature companies navigate their most critical transactions in a number of dynamic sectors, including commercial real estate, biotechnology, clean energy solutions, emerging technologies, and digital media industries. He regularly represents and advises venture capital and private equity firms on strategic investments and acquisitions in companies in high-value sales and acquisitions of new technologies. Mr. Kennedy advises venture capital and private equity firms on strategic investments and acquisitions in multiple market sectors. He also handles equity and debt capital markets offerings on behalf of issuers.

Mr. Kennedy’s practice includes Debt offerings, including convertible debt offerings, equity offerings and private placements, mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, take-private transactions, spin-off transactions, advising and ensuring compliance with applicable securities regulations.

Mr. Kennedy is experienced in representing private investment funds and fund sponsors in a wide range of transactions. In particular, Mr. Kennedy is experienced in: forming private equity funds, hedge funds, venture capital funds and hybrid funds; developing equity ownership and management structures for fund sponsors, including equity compensation arrangements; advising private investment funds and fund sponsors on relevant securities law issues, including registration and compliance under applicable securities regulations; advising private investment funds in connection with preferred equity investments; advising fund sponsors in disputes with investors; and advising fund sponsors and key representatives in separation arrangements.

Mr. Kennedy attended law school at California Western School of Law, earning multiple achievements for academic success. Mr. Kennedy completed his legal education at University of Southern California’s Gould School of law, during which time his studies focused primarily on the fields of structuring business and corporate organizations, mergers and acquisitions, business finance, and securities regulations. Prior to being an associate at Disclosure Law Group, Mr. Kennedy was a partner at Lee Shome & Kennedy, LLP.  


Disclosure Law Group, APC
655 West Broadway
Suite 870
San Diego, CA, 92101

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Posted by Joseph Bissell | August 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
John Kennedy
John Kennedy from Lee Shome & Kennedy went above and beyond all my expectations, the contracts he’s formulated for me are not only bullet proof, but really a work of art. The attorneys who receive contracts from Kennedy always compliment (although it doesn’t come out as a ‘compliment’ lol) the level of detail and precision in his work. The fact that he’s on the younger side makes him really tackle a job to fullest extent, nothing goes unnoticed and everything is iron clad down to the littlest details. Going forward (until his rates go up) I will always if possible use Kennedy for any business contracts I have nothing but high praise for this attorney, which is while I’m so compelled to leave this feedback for him. Beyond satisfied.
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Posted by Erik | August 16, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Brilliant Law Firm and Advice
Jack and the entire team at Lee Shome & Kennedy are an amazing resource. The amount of knowledge that this team has is beneficial to anyone, or any business that they work with. They have helped us form many documents and deliberate whether or not litigation is the best route. They are very open about the pros and cons of any approach to business law. I have, and will continue to refer business associates to LSK Law Firm because I am confident that they will provide excellent information and options. Thank you Jack and LSK!
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Posted by Dakota | September 17, 2018
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Dedicated, detailed partner for M&A
Jack was lead attorney for our sale to another entity. Throughout the lengthy process he consistently provided excellent guidance, was extremely attentive to us and to details of the matter and overall showed a ton more initiative and legal horsepower than counsel representing the seller. His written work product was also overall very good. We would highly recommend Jack and his partner David for transactions on either side.
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Posted by Michael | April 18, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great Experience
I retained John P. “Jack” Kennedy to handle my start-up business paperwork. I am an attorney, specializing in a completely non-business related area of law. I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of service I received, especially from Jack Kennedy. LSK, and Jack, were attentive, helpful, communicated well, and always answered my questions. They were able to put together all of my initial business paperwork, and file everything with the Secretary of State. Everything went smoothly from start to finish. I was even at the bank on a Saturday, to open my business account, when I realized I did not have all of the necessary paperwork with me. I was able to call Jack Kennedy, who was able to retrieve and immediately send over all the paperwork I needed to open the account, on a Saturday! To sum it up, this is a very professional firm, that provided me excellent service. I have, and will continue to recommend this Firm to anyone looking for attorneys to handle their business-related issues.
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Posted by Richard | February 25, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Persistent, Creative and Knowledgeable
I hired John "Jack" Kennedy to guide me through the formation of a corporation and a business acquisition. Jack was extremely helpful throughout the entire process. He and his staff handled everything from the business formation to negotiating the deal. Jack is persistent, creative and his knowledge of the law helped me avoid any headaches. His staff is very friendly and experienced in many areas of law. When you hire John "Jack" Kennedy, you are in good hands.
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Posted by Breanna | March 8, 2015
Great experience! I'd definitely recommend LSK
John P. Kennedy is trustworthy, ethical and knowledgeable. Not only was he responsive and professional on every occasion, but he offered advice best suited to my needs. The valuable solutions he shared provided me with a foundation for success.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 450-500 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner - Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Disclosure Law Group, APC
  • 2023 - Present
  • Associate
  • Disclosure Law Group, APC
  • 2020 - 2023
  • Partner
  • Lee Shome & Kennedy, LLP
  • 2015 - 2020
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of David S. Lee & Associates
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Research Assistant
  • Office of the Attorney General
  • 2011 - 2011
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  • University of Southern California Law School
  • Business Law Certificate
  • 2017
  • California Western SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • San Diego State Univ
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2011


  • State Bar of California
  • 2014 - Present
  • Friendly Sons of St. Patrick
  • 2011 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2018 California Top 100 Lawyers
  • Top 100 Magazine
  • N/A


Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (13)
Endorse John
Business Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you are looking to start your own business, growing your business, or any other business needs, John is your guy. He is very knowledgeable about this area of law and is creative in solving your business problems."
Business Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer for his contributions to the Avvo community."
Business Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Kennedy is one of the most knowledgeable, hardworking attorneys in the community. Very compassionate about his work. Without a doubt - I would recommend him to anyone seeking legal assistance in business matters!"
Mergers and acquisitions Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"Prior to partnering with Mr. Kennedy, he provided legal counsel on transaction concerning the purchase and sale of a large corporate entity that sold for over $6,000,000.00. I was very satisfied with the results, and impressed with the results!"
Mergers and acquisitions Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The answers of Mr. Kennedy are consistently accurate, analytic, and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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San Diego Mergers and acquisitions Lawyer John Patrick Kennedy
John Patrick Kennedy
Mergers and acquisitions Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 9 years