Paul F. Keneally

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Rochester, NY
585.258.2882
585.258.2821
Paul F. Keneally
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Strategist and diplomat. Advocate and persuader. Formidable opponent, trusted friend. Paul’s effectiveness as a litigator is due to his depth of legal understanding and his determination to get clients the right result. As chair of the Firm's Litigation and Labor & Employment Practice Groups, and a partner in our Municipal Practice Group, Paul represents a wide variety of businesses, individuals and organizations. From untangling complex commercial and construction litigation, navigating the minefield of labor and employment disputes, resolving tax assessment and other municipal matters, to handling general litigation, insurance defense and personal injury cases, Paul has a wealth of litigation experience in the administrative agencies and the state and federal courts.

One of Paul’s core areas is labor and employment law, where he provides astute and proactive advice to clients in matters involving executive compensation, overtime, workplace violence, non-compete/non-solicit agreements, sexual harassment, race, sex and age discrimination, family and medical leave, and disabilities.

Prior to joining Underberg & Kessler, Paul worked for the international law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, based in New York City, and served as a Federal District Court law clerk in Champaign/Urbana, Illinois.  Paul was associate editor of the Fordham Law Review and was admitted to the Order of the Coif, an honorary law society.

Professional and Community Involvement

Paul is a regular lecturer on labor and employment law and litigation, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Human Resource Management as the Legislative Representative. He also is active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors' Personnel Committee for The Tennis Club of Rochester, as well as coaching his sons in various youth sports. 

Paul currently serves on the Labor & Employment Committee of the Monroe County Bar Association and is a member of the New York State and American Bar Associations.

Awards and Recognitions

Paul was selected a 2007–2016 Upstate New York Super Lawyer. The Super Lawyer group represents the top 5% of attorneys in Upstate New York who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. He also was named to the 2013-2017 editions of Best Lawyers in America®. In addition, Paul was a recipient of the Rochester Business Journal's Forty Under 40 Award.