Kevin Dooley Kent

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

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

Kevin has diverse experience representing corporations and professionals in litigation and compliance matters. Some of Kevin’s recent litigation representations include recovering tens of millions of dollars on behalf of court appointed receivers in federal government enforcement actions and concluding one of the largest estate litigations in Pennsylvania history.

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. He advises and trains 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 operating in the state, local and education (“SLED”) markets to advise them on compliance and risk management issues emanating from federal and state funding and procurement programs, interaction with state and federal officials, and other risk areas 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 recently investigated instances of alleged fraud in government-funded programs and analyzed the efficacy of the regulatory infrastructure designed to oversee them.

Kevin co-chairs Conrad O’Brien’s education group and its fiduciary litigation group, and is a member of the firm’s commercial litigation, receivership, and appellate practice groups. Kevin is also a member of the firm's three-person Executive Committee that manages and oversees the firm.

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 and educational relationships between the United States, Ireland and Northern Ireland. As such, he assists U.S. companies looking to expand their operations into Europe through Ireland, European companies looking to expand their business in the United States, and both categories of companies in litigation and compliance matters. He also serves on the International Committee of the National Association of Federal Equity Receivers (“NAFER”).

Kevin is active in charitable organizations as well, serving on the Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association’s Go Red Campaign for the last several years.

In his personal life, Kevin enjoys running and spending time with his wife Kara and four very active children.

representative matters

commercial litigation

  • Convinced Pennsylvania Supreme Court to grant allocator and ultimately find claims for breach of an oral contract for enhanced pension rights were preempted by ERISA, reversing earlier decisions in the case by the trial court and Pennsylvania Superior Court.
  • Defended former executor of estate consisting of multi-state commercial real estate empire. After 14 years of litigation that included various hearings, oral arguments, over 70 depositions, and an extensive trial, trial court rejected the vast majority of claims lodged against client. Case was resolved following further findings in client’s favor by Superior Court of Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s rejection of opponents’ application for appeal. Case included King's Bench proceedings in Pennsylvania Supreme Court, other litigations in two federal district courts, and in the state courts of Pennsylvania, Florida and Delaware.
  • Defended civil RICO action involving international insurance transactions while coordinating with foreign lawyers on parallel civil and regulatory litigation in Europe.
  • Representing pharmaceutical company and its executives in trade secrets and restrictive covenant dispute.
  • Obtained judgment on the merits on all claims in New Jersey state court on behalf of outdoor advertising developer in suit relating to development of billboards.
  • Obtained specific performance with respect to outdoor advertising developer’s contract with commercial landowner.
  • Obtained judgment on the merits in federal court on behalf of syndicators of a Thoroughbred stallion in suit alleging breach of fiduciary duty and tortious interference.
  • Defended of subsidiaries of international insurance company in putative nationwide class action in New Mexico state court alleging failure to disclose and unfair trade practices in connection with sale of insurance policies.
  • Defended law firms and individual lawyers in legal malpractice and employment actions.
  • Obtained settlement for product manufacturer providing it with monetary and injunctive relief in trademark, copyright and antitrust lawsuits.
  • Defended securities brokerage firm in putative securities class action.
  • Obtained multi-million dollar settlement for police officer in civil rights action.
  • Prosecuted claims regarding rights to real property.
  • Defended businesses and individuals in federal and state court employment litigation.
  • Represented life sciences firm in products liability lawsuit and advised it regarding business risk assessment.
  • Advised clients in connection with administrative litigations, insurance disputes, and potential libel claims resulting from media reports.

government enforcement actions

  • Counsel to Court-Appointed Receiver in an SEC enforcement action against hedge funds, related entities and an individual who perpetrated a decade long fraud against investors, recovering to date more than $30 million through several litigations and the recovery/liquidation of assets.
  • Counsel to federal equity receiver in an FTC enforcement action pending in the federal district court for the Western District of New York brought against a number of related entities and individuals in the debt collections industry.
  • Counsel to federal equity receiver in a federal government enforcement action involving alleged fraudulent internet and telemarketing fraud.
  • Representing independent contractors in disputes over the legality of ridesharing businesses.

education

  • Obtained summary relief on behalf of a charter school in the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, as well as summary judgment in the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas, in parallel litigations concerning student enrollment caps.
  • Represented nation’s largest brick and mortar charter school in nine figure statutory funding dispute.
  • Advising facilities financing, charter management organizations, education management companies, consultants and other education vendors on a broad range of compliance and litigation risks, often in connection with pending litigation involving our clients or related parties. Includes: 
    • Compliance risks arising from federally funded programs;
    • Risk analysis arising from operations including the nature and structure of contracts;
    • Analysis of litigation risks in the due diligence process
    • Recommendations for areas for compliance / best practices training, creation and ongoing updating of ethics and compliance programs;
    • State and federal audits;
    • Special education / IDEA audits and disputes, and state and federal court litigation regarding those audits;
    • Legal disputes with media outlets, including major daily newspapers;
    • Risks to vendors’ contractual arrangements from regulatory changes.

internal investigations and compliance

  • Retained by clients to evaluate internal programs to ensure compliance with state and federal program requirements, including state ethics regulations and the federal E-rate (Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support Mechanism) program, the largest source of technology funding for K-12 schools in the United States. Worked closely with general counsel and compliance training consultants to ensure implementation of updated compliance policies and training programs.
  • On behalf of the Governor’s Office of General Counsel, completed an expedited investigation into the licensing and oversight of child day care centers by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. It culminated in a comprehensive report detailing factual findings, investigative conclusions and, most importantly, recommendations to improve the oversight of daycare operations in Pennsylvania.
  • Oversaw internal investigation of gaming industry business in connection with auditor inquiries.
  • Conducted internal investigation of companies in connection with federal False Claims Act investigations.
  • Advising financial services firms in connection with the Bank Secrecy Act, Anti-Money Laundering, and related obligations.

presentations, publications and media

Business Ethics, Villanova Business MBA Alumni Association (November 2016)

Fraudulent Transfer Action: An Update in 2016, The Knowledge Group's 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).

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 Vand. J. Transnat'l L. 221 (2000).