Victoria Kennedy

Counsel

Victoria Kennedy

Admissions

New York State
Southern District of New York
Eastern District of New York

Education

Harvard Law School, J.D., 2001
Harvard University, A.B. (B.A.), cum laude, 1997

Memberships

Memberships:

Harvard Law School Women's Alliance of NYC, Metropolitan Black Bar Association

New York County Lawyers Association (NYLCA), Defense Research Institute (DRI)

The National Black Lawyers

Victoria Kennedy’s practice focuses on contract negotiation and disputes, labor and employment matters, insurance defense including coverage analysis and premises liability, intellectual property and commercial litigation.   She regularly appears in New York state, and federal courts, including bankruptcy, and has successfully represented clients in mediation and arbitration proceedings.

Victoria also provides outside general counsel services to companies that either lack in-house legal departments or require additional legal support, advising on contracts, construction/real estate, and employment/HR matters. 

Before joining French & Casey in 2013, Victoria managed a solo general litigation practice. Previously, Victoria was Vice President and Senior Trial Counsel for Fidelity National Title Insurance Company and a litigation and government compliance attorney in global law firm White & Case LLP’s New York office.  Post-Hurricane Katrina, Victoria took a one-year hiatus from New York to spend time with family in her hometown of New Orleans while serving as Special Counsel to Louisiana-based firm Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrère & Denègre, LLP.

Victoria was recently included in the prestigious National Black Lawyers: Top 100.

Decisions:

Ramirez v. Town of Hempstead (Nassau County) Sept. 12, 2017. Motion for Summary Judgment granted dismissing negligence and wrongful death claims brought against clients the Long Island Power Authority and National Grid Energy Services LLC. 

In re N.J.H. (NYS Div. Human Rights) Mar. 13, 2017. Obtained dismissal of all employment discrimination claims brought against client.

Bell v. Stan Deutsche (Queens County) Dec. 10, 2016. Successfully quashed subpoena from competitor seeking financial disclosures and testimony from client.

Petrocelli v. The Morganti Group Inc. (2nd Dep’t (Suffolk)) March 23, 2016. Prevailed on appeal and in supreme court on motion to dismiss breach of contract claims for $4.25 Million in construction delay damages (published decision at 137 A.D.3d 1082 (2016)).

Coleman-Yarborough v. Betances Community Center, Inc. (Bronx County) February 24, 2014.  Motion for summary judgement granted dismissing complaint for fractured ankle arising out of ice-skating collision.

Ewen v. Maccherone (New York County) Dec. 1, 2009. Won groundbreaking decision regarding application of private nuisance law between condominium owners (published decision at 2009 NY Slip Op 52428(U)). The decision and subsequent reversal by the Appellate Term continues to be debated nationally in courts, law journals and case books e.g. “Experiencing Housing Law”, University of Richmond School of Law June 2016, as well as commercial law school study guides such as CourseHero©.